Am2626 wrote:dice wrote:DuckIII wrote:Maybe the Bulls will retire his jersey now? How you gonna have a HOF player whose NBA prime was with your team, and not retire his number? Come on Bulls.
well, if MJ hadn't returned from retirement we wouldn't even be having this conversation, so...
that he was a major contributor to 3 title teams certainly makes it a consideration, though
horace grant, a significantly larger contributor to 3 other title teams, doesn't have his number retired by the bulls. THAT is an outrage given that chucker bob love's number is retired
but anyway...toni was long overdue to be in the basketball HOF. not only did he have an amazing career in europe and a good nba career, but he helped transition the nba to an international league
Bob Love has no business having his Jersey being retired. There are probably 10 guys that contributed more to the Bulls and had better Careers. What about Artis Gilmore. He’s in the Hall of Fame and doesn’t have his Jersey Retired from any team.
At the time of Love's jersey retirement, how many retired players meant more to Chicago? Regardless of how good Gilmore was, the Gilmore era Bulls were generally poor and only finished over .500 once while he was with the team if I eyeballed it correctly. The Love era Bulls were very good consistently.
I think that makes a huge difference for jersey retirements. Maybe you can argue that Norm or Chet meant more to those teams, I have no idea, I sure never watched any of them play outside of a few highlight reels, but Love was the leading scorer of those good teams and probably generally viewed as the best player at the time.
I could argue at the time of his jersey retirement, Love was maybe the most important currently retired Bull, considerably more important than Sloan whom already had his retired. If I were going to pick on one of those two, it'd probably be Jerry Sloan before Bob Love, but I don't really know that much about how guys felt about players in the era.
By current standards, I think someone like Derrick Rose has a better case than Bob Love or Jerry Sloan, even guys like Rodman, Kukoc, Grant, and Noah would have similar cases to those guys IMO.