HoopsHype Jerry Reinsdorf rumors

August 12, 2012 Updates

"I'm not going to let him back until the doctors tell me that it's absolutely safe for him to come back," Reinsdorf said on ESPN 1000's "Talking Baseball" on Saturday. "I made that mistake with Michael Jordan years ago where I think we let him come back too soon. It worked out OK, but it might not have. This time I'm not going to make that mistake. Until the doctors say he's 100 percent and they put their reputations on the line, he's not coming back." ESPN.com

June 14, 2012 Updates

Chicago Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf elaborated Thursday on reasons why he is planning to re-locate his team's practice facility from suburban Deerfield to Chicago, saying his respect for Mayor Rahm Emanuel was a major factor and that the decision had "nothing to do with the possible expansion of the United Center." "The mayor asked me if we would bring the Bulls back downtown and I'm so impressed with the job he's doing, I thought it was the natural and right thing to do to support him," Reinsdorf said in a telephone interview with ESPNChicago.com. "We knew we had to make the Berto bigger because we had run out of space and we can't expand on the site, and we wanted to look up north to see if there was another site. ESPN.com

June 13, 2012 Updates

Chicago Bulls officials today announced a commitment to move their suburban practice facility to downtown Chicago. The team has practiced at the Sheri L. Berto Center in Deerfield since 1992. During recent conversations, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel pitched Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf on the idea to relocate the team’s practice facility to a downtown Chicago location. Arlington Heights Daily Herald

The Chicago Bulls today announced that the team has committed to move its practice facility to downtown Chicago from its current location in Deerfield, Ill. The team has practiced at the Sheri L. Berto Center since 1992. During recent conversations, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel pitched Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf on the idea to relocate the team’s practice facility to a downtown Chicago location. NBA.com

May 29, 2012 Updates

The Bulls are entertaining the thought of moving their practice facility from Deerfield to a location near the United Center. During recent conversations, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel encouraged Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf to consider relocating the team’s practice facility to a downtown Chicago location. Since opening in September 1992, the Sheri L. Berto Center has hosted the majority of team practices, game day shootarounds and summer workouts. The building is also the home the Bulls’ coaching and basketball operations staff offices. “While the Bulls are happy at the Berto Center, after talking to the Mayor, we agreed to give strong consideration to the idea of relocating our practice facility to downtown Chicago,” said Michael Reinsdorf, the team’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “At this point, nothing is imminent, but nothing is out of the question either. Right now, we are taking the appropriate time and measures to fully explore the idea.” NBA.com

May 27, 2012 Updates
April 28, 2012 Updates

Not far from the Michael Jordan statue, the United Center's owners hope a $75 million to $85 million retail development soon will take flight. Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf is leading a venture that plans to build 260,000 square feet of restaurants, bars, a team store and event space in the sprawling parking lot east of the arena, according to documents obtained by Crain's. Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz would be part of the venture, which could include team offices, parking, a terrace and a green roof. Crain's Chicago Business

The new retail structure on the H Lot would be connected to the east side of the Madhouse on Madison with an atrium-like entrance similar to the one at Wisconsin's Lambeau Field, home of the NFL's Green Bay Packers. The privately funded development would be another step in the West Side neighborhood's evolution from a gritty area where people venture only for Bulls and Blackhawks games to one where more people want to live and have fun. “We live by a sea of parking lots,” Ald. Walter Burnett Jr., 27th, says. “People who live in the neighborhood would rather have a structure and businesses because it would enhance the whole community.” Crain's Chicago Business

March 22, 2012 Updates
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February 14, 2012 Updates

Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf admits to watching Rose play and flashing back to the times he urged former coach Phil Jackson to rest Michael Jordan. "I'm one of those people who watches and thinks, 'Why don't you get him out of the game?' " Reinsdorf said of Rose. "When Michael was still in the game and he would be in at the end of big wins, I'd say, 'Phil, why don't you take him out?' And Phil would say, 'When I was with the Knicks, an opponent once scored 23 straight points against us at the end of a game to win.' " ESPN.com

February 10, 2012 Updates

While Houston celebrates its third NBA All-Star Game bid with the league's announcement Wednesday that the city will host the 2013 festivities, Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and team president Michael Reinsdorf said they do not want the game to return to Chicago. Chicago hosted its last NBA All-Star Game in 1988, when Michael Jordan, still with a head of hair, won both the slam-dunk competition and the game's MVP honors. But 24 years later, the Reinsdorfs said the cons outweigh the pros in having the game in Chicago. "They'd have to force me to take the All-Star Game," Jerry Reinsdorf said. "They take over the building, your season-ticket holders have to be in a lottery to see if they get tickets and then they don't get a good ticket. Really, no good can come out of it and all it can do is upset your fans." ESPN.com

December 6, 2011 Updates

The Bulls continue to express confidence they'll be able to re-sign veteran big man Kurt Thomas. And NBA.com reported they are one of four finalists for veteran Grant Hill, though Hill is widely expected to re-sign with the Suns. A source close to Hill said beyond the attraction of playing for a title contender in a defensive-minded system, Hill was impressed when Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf called him and his mother last April after a United Center fan cursed and spat at him following a game. Chicago Tribune

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November 20, 2010 Updates

It's during quiet moments at home when the unexpected references mean the most to Tina Berto. "I'll hear them mention it on the news, like, ' The Bulls are at the Berto Center,'" Tina says. "And something clicks inside me. It's always a special moment to remember my mom. … The building has meant more to me as I've grown up. It's the one part that isn't about death or tragedy or anything messy. It's just always happy." Sheri Berto died 19 years ago Tuesday following outpatient surgery. The longtime assistant to White Sox and Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, Berto left behind countless friends, her husband, Graziano, and daughter Tina, then 3. Chicago Tribune

Almost a year later, Reinsdorf made sure Sheri's memory would survive her, naming the Bulls' new practice facility in her honor. For players, it is state of the art. For the chairman and the Bertos, it is state of the heart. "We pass by it often, and I feel good — for Tina mostly," Graziano says. "We used to go to the store when she was young and people would say, 'The Berto Center' and Tina would light up. She once told me, 'We're walking into a place named after my Mom. It feels like we're walking on air.'" Chicago Tribune

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