Chet Walker, Former Bulls Superstar, Dies at 84

A legend for both the Bulls and 76ers has passed away this weekend.

Chet Walker, known as “The Jet,” died at age 84. The cause of his death is still unknown as the police haven’t shared details yet. Both his former teams, the Bulls and the 76ers, posted heartfelt messages online when they heard the news.

Chicago Bulls‘ Tribute:

The Chicago team expressed their sorrow: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Chet Walker, a legendary figure in our team’s history.” They remembered him as an inductee of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame who left a lasting impact on both the court and fans. During his six seasons with them from 1969 to 1975, they never missed making it to the playoffs.

They also noted that he was a seven-time NBA All-Star and one of the first members of their Ring of Honor. His skills and dedication helped shape basketball in Chicago. They sent condolences to his family and friends, honoring him as an icon forever remembered by Bulls fans.

Philadelphia 76ers‘ Tribute:

The Sixers also paid tribute on social media: “Chet Walker spent the first seven seasons of his Hall-of-Fame career with our franchise & delivered a championship in ’67.” Known affectionately as “The Jet,” he made a big impact in Philadelphia and across the league. They extended their sympathy to Walker’s family and friends.

I think it’s really touching how both teams honored him so warmly.

Walker started his career when drafted by Syracuse Nationals in 1962 but soon moved to Philadelphia where he won an NBA championship in 1967 against San Francisco Warriors.

Bulls Manager’s Reflection:

Pat Williams, who managed the Bulls during Chet’s time there, acknowledged how crucial he was for Chicago basketball. He mentioned that before Chet arrived, professional basketball struggled in Chicago. But with Chet’s help, things turned around quickly; their regular-season wins jumped from 33 to 51 within two years!

Billy Cunningham shared memories from playing alongside Chet at his Hall-of-Fame induction ceremony: “He was slow — you were slow, Chet — but you just couldn’t stop him,” said Cunningham fondly about Walker’s unique style on court where he’d fake out opponents or find open teammates effortlessly.

James Shotwell
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