Hall of Famer Criticizes Bulls Legends for Missing Ring of Honor, Labels it Complete Disgrace

‣ The Bulls recently held a ceremony to honor their franchise legends, but the event was criticized due to the absence of many celebrated players.
‣ Charles Barkley called the event “disgraceful” and a “disgrace to the legacy of the Chicago Bulls,” particularly criticizing the absence of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman.
‣ The ceremony also sparked controversy when the late Jerry Krause was mentioned, leading to boos from the audience and distressing his widow, Thelma. This incident highlighted a divide in perception about Krause’s legacy in Chicago.

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So, last week, the Bulls had this idea. They wanted to throw a ceremony to honor their franchise legends. That includes players, coaches, and managers. But, the event didn’t exactly sparkle. A lot of the big names didn’t even show.

Charles Barkley from ESPN, well, he didn’t hold back. Called it “disgraceful” on the Inside the NBA show. He wasn’t happy with the Ring of Honor’s vibe, not one bit.

“Listen, I love Chicago,” Barkley said. “But what happened there the other night? A disgrace. A flat-out disgrace. Seeing his wife cry like that? Wrong on so many levels. And Michael (Jordan), Scottie (Pippen), Dennis (Rodman) not showing up? That was wrong. It was a slap in the face to the legacy of the Chicago Bulls.”

Then there’s this tweet from the NBA: “The inaugural class of the Bulls Ring of Honor Bulls-Warriors | Live on the NBA App https://t.co/DKSYeFgjk0 pic.twitter.com/hFiZMyN5Zl — NBA (@NBA) January 13, 2024”

Jordan, he didn’t show. Sent a video instead. “I am so bummed that I can’t be there,” he said. “But, I’m grateful, very honored. To the fans, you guys have been there for me since day one. I see Chicago fans everywhere. We’ve made an impression, changed what Chicago means in terms of champions.”

Jerry Reinsdorf, the Bulls chairman, he had something to say too. Told the Chicago press he wasn’t sure how much effort was put into getting Jordan and Pippen to the ceremony. “I actually don’t know how much effort went into it,” he said. “It would be better if everyone was here, but we knew not everyone could be. I think Michael recorded something.”

Reinsdorf admitted they were late with the invites. These guys are busy, after all. “We announced it six weeks ago,” he said. “People have schedule issues. This is just our way of saying thank you to the players and the staff.”

Then there’s the Jerry Krause thing. At the Ring of Honor ceremony, his name was met with boos. His widow, Thelma, was upset. The NBA community? Disgusted.

Isiah Thomas, Detroit Pistons icon, he was disappointed. Appeared on SiriusXM NBA Radio and said, “I thought it was one of the most horrific things I’ve ever seen at a ceremony.” He was hurt, called Mrs. Krause to comfort her. “I told her the rest of the NBA doesn’t feel the same way about your husband as those fans who booed in the arena,” he said.

This whole thing just shows the divide in perception about Krause’s legacy in Chicago. The fans tore him apart at the ceremony, but the NBA world? They defend the former GM’s contribution.

James Shotwell
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