HoopsHype Jerry Reinsdorf rumors

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

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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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

September 13, 2010 Updates

The Chicago Bulls today named Michael Reinsdorf President and Chief Operating Officer. In the newly created position, Michael will oversee all business operations for the team and report to Jerry Reinsdorf, who will remain in his position as Chairman of the Board. General Manager Gar Forman and all of Basketball Operations will continue to report to Jerry Reinsdorf. "Naming Michael President and COO reflects a natural progression of his growing role in the Bulls business organization, and publicly recognizes his contributions to the team," said Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. "I am proud of his accomplishments with the team, and in his own sports ventures, and believe his knowledge and experience will only strengthen what is an already solid management team." NBA.com

August 25, 2010 Updates

The Chicago Bulls have plans to unveil a bronze statue of Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen that will be displayed permanently in the United Center at some point towards the end of the 2010-11 season. “Not only is Scottie Pippen one of the greatest players to ever wear a Bulls uniform, but he’s among the best players in history of the league to play the game,” said Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. “He had a tremendous impact in bringing six world championships to Chicago and there is no better way to pay tribute to him than with a permanent statue that honors his inspirational career.” NBA.com

July 9, 2010 Updates

But Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf told ESPNChicago.com's Melissa Isaacson that there are no hard feelings. "We actually had discussed a trade for Carlos over the last couple of years," Reinsdorf said. "We discussed it with Jim, and he said 'Go get him.' He had no hard feelings at all. Nothing bad to say. It wasn't an issue. "The funny thing is, he never said anything bad about Carlos. He really shrugged it off. Look, he was 23 then, you don't know how much was the agent, but if Jim didn't feel bad, there was no reason for us to. The best thing was [Boozer] told us in no uncertain terms that we were his first choice." ESPN.com

Jerry Reinsdorf had a good day on Thursday and LeBron James was not going to spoil it. The Sox and Bulls chairman spent the afternoon watching his baseball team complete a four-game sweep over the Angels, reveling in the two-hit shutout of pitcher John Danks. "Kid was great," Reinsdorf said. And Thursday night? "I'll probably watch the Minnesota-Toronto game and whenever the appointed hour comes around, I'll turn to ESPN," he said. ESPN.com

Reinsdorf wasn't surprised with James' much-anticipated decision to join the Miami Heat. Despite receiving no answer after the Bulls' contact with James' agent, Leon Rose, and friend and adviser Maverick Carter, Reinsdorf was not getting his hopes up Thursday. "We're not banking on getting him," Reinsdorf said. "He certainly has not given us any indication that he's coming here, so we have to assume he's going somewhere else." ESPN.com

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A Chicago contingent of chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, general manager Gar Forman, vice president John Paxson and coach Tom Thibodeau, will travel to northeast Ohio on Saturday to make a pitch to LeBron James, ESPN Chicago has confirmed. "He's played the same number of years as Dwyane and LeBron," Thomas recently said of Bosh. "The furthest he's gone is the first round of the playoffs. Never really been on a team that felt like they had a chance to win something. This is a kid that won a state championship on an undefeated team his senior year of high school in Dallas. He hasn't really been on a great team since." ESPN.com

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