Lacy Banks Rumors
The Bulls will honor the memory of Sun-Times sportswriter Lacy J. Banks with a moment of silence before the game Saturday night against the Toronto Raptors. Banks, who covered the Bulls and the NBA during his 40-year career at the Sun-Times, died Wednesday of heart disease at 68. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Joyce, and their daughters, Nicole Chapman, Noelle Banks and Natasha Banks, as well as five grandchildren. The Bulls have arranged for his family to attend the game in a private box at the United Center.
Lacy J. Banks was an unconventional pioneer. He was a trailblazer as the first African-American sportswriter for the Sun-Times, a job that led him to cover seven world championships involving Chicago teams. He was a Baptist preacher for nearly 60 years, too, a side of himself he could uniquely intertwine into his career as a journalist.
‘‘He was more than a reporter on the sidelines,’’ Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said. ‘‘He cared deeply about the teams he covered and the profession that he represented. While we didn’t always agree with his position — as is natural — we never questioned his enthusiasm for the Bulls or the city of Chicago.’’