I'm going to assume that I'm probably one of the youngest members of this site for 3 reasons: 1) I'm about 10 years away from having my own kids 2) I still can't legally drink yet (8 more months yo!) and 3) a lot of moments and memories you guys have of this franchise I either marginally remember or don't remember at all because I was too young to fully realize what was going on.
To put things in a bit of perspective, I don't remember that Gilbert Arenas shot that JayPatt posted on his article. I only remember that that team was the first Bulls team I had ever watched since '98 that wasn't a laughing stock. My entire childhood I repped a team of misfit losers that could barely win 15 out of 82 games and look completely horrible doing it. I remember getting pissed at my dad cheering MJ as he pinned Tyson Chandler's layup on the backboard and then crying about it. I vaguely remember Marcus Fizer and his chin badger. The only thing I remember about the Jalen Rose era was that we also got Travis Best as well and that it was short lived. I vaguely remember when the Bulls drafted Ben Gordon I was talking to my dad and one of his tennis teammates about it because they had a match and we couldn't watch the draft. I remember his first 10 or so games in the league he was the league's 4th quarter MVP. And I kind of remember wanting to be a Jayhawk because Kirk Hinrich was (I'm a Tiger now though...go figure). But I don't remember any real iconic moments of those teams, I only remember that watching them play made me happy, and when they finally broke into the playoffs in 2004 I could finally root for a winner and how proud I was of them and how proud I was to call myself a Bulls fan.
But last year's team was the first Bulls team that I actually experienced the journey with, and maybe part of it has to do with me actually understanding the game and not just looking at it from a fan perspective. Last year's team was the first sports team that I can pick out real memories and iconic moments from. Last year's and this year's teams are the teams that I will be able to tell my kids and grand kids about, the way my dad talks about the '85 Bears or the '90s Bulls, or Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. I'll be able to tell them where I was and what I was doing win the Jimmy Butler threw down on Boshtrich, or when Nate Robinson carved up the Nets in the 4th qtr. I will be able to tell them about Joakim's "f*ck you!" tirade and how he looked like a god against the Sixers when he got his triple-double.
Every other team in the past were teams of players who I looked up to and wanted to see do well just because I liked them. However, THIS team and all of the teams who will follow are the teams I will grow old with, and I'm glad I get to experience it with this crazy-ass group of computer nerds.
(didn't mean to get so sappy at the end, but that's just the way it came out =p)