HoopsHype Sheri Berto rumors

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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