Archive for the ‘Hall of Fame’ Category

Feb 14

It was one of the great rides of my life, and it was in a Chicago taxi. It was just about 30 years ago and I spent the day with one of the great Chicago athletes of all time, Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton, who not only was one of the great pioneers of the NBA as one of its first black …

Jan 7

Chicago Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf is among the new nominees for enshrinement into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The news was first reported by

“I am both surprised and humbled by the nomination,” said Reinsdorf, one of the candidates for the Contributor category. “To be even mentioned in the company of current members of the Naismith Memorial …

Jun 29

It’s going to be a good day Saturday in Chicago for Bulls legend Chet Walker to be surrounded by some of the greatest players in the history of the NBA.

In fact, they are Chet’s all time starting five of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, LeBron James, Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain.

Though Walker, who will be enshrined in the Naismith …

Feb 24

It was perhaps the most curious deal in Bulls history, and it probably was the effective beginning of big time pro basketball in Chicago.

And Thursday the principals in the deal, Pat Williams, who became Bulls general manager, and Chet Walker, were honored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Williams was named winner of the 2012 John W. …

Apr 5

In some respects, Artis Gilmore was going to be Derrick Rose, the man who would erase memories of recent failures and carry the Bulls to their championship aspirations.

It didn’t happen because, really, the best of Artis had passed in the American Basketball Association, where he was that league’s version of Wilt. Like when Gilmore came up with 28 points …

Apr 2

If recent reports are accurate, at least two former Bulls will be among those set for enshrinement in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame when its Class of 2011 is announced on Monday.

First, Dennis Rodman reportedly confirmed on Friday he would be among those named. On Saturday, the Chicago Tribune reported that Tex Winter, the genius behind the …

Feb 18

Chicago, or the Bulls, is likely to have a third straight inductee to the basketball Hall of Fame this summer.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday announced its finalists for the Class of 2011 and it included former Bulls coaches Tex Winter and Dick Motta, former Bull (and various others) Dennis Rodman and Chicago native Maurice Cheeks.…

Aug 13

LeBron James, given his size and remarkable all-around abilities, has been compared to Bulls legend Scottie Pippen before. The parallels became even stronger with James’ decision to join Dwyane Wade in Miami, creating a Jordan and Pippen-like combination in some minds.

But Pippen’s former teammate, Dennis Rodman, swiftly dismissed that notion on Thursday following an autograph session at the Naismith …

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