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November 6, 2012 Updates

Durham, a Chicago native, had been doing games for ESPN, but he called Bulls games from 1973 to 1991 and White Sox games in 1989 and 1990. ‘‘I was so sorry to learn this morning of Jim Durham’s untimely passing,’’ Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement. ‘‘Jim was the voice of the Bulls for 18 years, and he was the best at calling a basketball game I ever heard. I loved the energy he brought to our broadcasts, the way he painted a word picture of what was happening on the court, which made you feel like you were there, and his sense of humor. Chicago Sun-Times

September 5, 2012 Updates

Chicago Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and coach Tom Thibodeau have resumed negotiations about a contract extension for Thibodeau, according to a source familiar with the situation. The Bulls picked up Thibodeau's option for the 2012-13 season after last season. General manager Gar Forman has repeatedly stated that it is the organization's intention to lock up Thibodeau for the long term, even though talks appeared to have stalled earlier in the summer. ESPN.com

August 13, 2012 Updates

"The thing was, at the time, we were going through a rebuilding process, and I was practicing two hours a day and that was the thing that bothered me more than anything," Jordan said. "If I can go through two-hour practices, as intense as I practice, then when the game came, they gave me a seven-minute window (in each half) to play. That's when I felt more frustrated than anything. I felt more than anything they were positioning themselves for the draft and I didn't feel good being part of that. I felt I was an all-out player who didn't half-ass anything, and they wanted to move up (in the draft). I was a player, I wanted to play." ESPN.com

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

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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

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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

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