First-time Haller: Reinsdorf nominated as contributor
BY JOE COWLEY email@example.com January 7, 2013 9:51PM
SALT LAKE CITY, UNITED STATES: Chicago Bulls General Manager Jerry Krause (L) and team owner Jerry Reinsdorf (R) celebrate14 June after the Bulls won game six of the NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, UT. The Bulls won the game 87-86 for their sixth NBA Championship. AFP PHOTO/Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
• 1981: Reinsdorf purchased the White Sox for $19 million, following previous owner Charles Comiskey.
• 1984: Reinsdorf purchased the Bulls as part of a syndicate for $16 million.
• 1985: Reinsdorf ousted Rod Thorn as general manager and replaced him with Jerry Krause.
• 1989: Reinsdorf hired Phil Jackson as coach, saying goodbye to Doug Collins.
• 1991: Reinsdorf’s Bulls win the first of six NBA championships (1991-93, 1996-98).
• 2010: Reinsdorf is responsible for hiring coach Tom Thibodeau.
• Krause attended Bradley and worked as a scout with the Baltimore Bullets right out of college and is credited for discovering future Hall of Famer Earl Monroe.
• 1967: Krause tried to talk the Bullets into drafting Phil Jackson out of North Dakota, but the team went in a different direction.
• 1970s: Krause left NBA scouting to become a scout for the White Sox until Jerry Reinsdorf made him the Bulls’ general manager in 1985.
• 1987: Krause landed two key pieces in the 1987 draft, nabbing Scottie Pippen out of Central Arkansas and Horace Grant from Clemson.
• 1988: Krause traded Charles Oakley, despite Michael Jordan’s objections, to the New York Knicks for Bill Cartwright.
• 1991: The Bulls win the first of their six NBA championships.
• 2001: Krause traded Elton Brand for the pick that would land Tyson Chandler.
• 2003: Krause retired as Bulls general manager, citing health problems.
Updated: February 9, 2013 6:30AM
The Chairman has Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau’s vote.
Heck, two of them.
With the announcement Monday that Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, also chairman of the White Sox, was a first-time nominee for the Basketball Hall of Fame, Thibodeau couldn’t say enough about his boss, and not just because Reinsdorf signs his checks.
“Probably deserves to be in two Halls,’’ Thibodeau said, referring to the six championships Reinsdorf has won with the Bulls and the 2005 World Series won with the Sox.
“Great owner. From a leadership standpoint, he sets the tone for our franchise. He’s fair, he’s honest and you can’t ask for anything more than that.
‘‘I think that he understands what it takes to win, he has a great will to win, so those things are critical.’’
Thibodeau admittedly did his homework on Reinsdorf before making the jump from assistant coach with the Boston Celtics to head coach with the Bulls before the 2010-11 season and had some pretty heavy hitters in his corner along the way.
“Well, we have a mutual friend, [Secretary of Education] Arne Duncan, who knows Jerry quite well, and he filled me in,’’ Thibodeau said.
“I value what Arne thinks, and he was a great resource. [Assistant coach] Ron Adams had worked here a long time and felt very strongly about Jerry, so those are two people I trust. And everything they told me about him was true.’’
Thibodeau has been a perfect fit, and the Bulls were the type of organization he was hoping to join.
“I thought that was important for me, to go to a team with an owner like Jerry,’’ Thibodeau said.
Reinsdorf was one of 31 candidates to go through the first step of the Hall process, with the finalists to be announced at the All-Star Game in February.
Former Bulls general manager Jerry Krause also is a nominee in the contributor category.
The contributor committee can vote in one candidate as a direct elect into the Class of 2013.
Over the Heat
Thibodeau reiterated that it was time to turn the page on the victory over the Miami Heat, and he was expecting that his players already had.
“You have to understand why you win and why you lose, and you also have to look at circumstances,’’ Thibodeau said.
“You don’t get anything extra for winning a game against a certain team. They all count the same.’’
Around the rim
Monday was the first day teams could start signing players to 10-day contracts, and general manager Gar Forman said the Bulls have room under the hard cap to do it.
† The Cleveland Cavaliers were without standout center Anderson Varejao (right knee contusion).