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We all know that pippens number is gonna be retired. I think Dennis Rodmans jersey should also be retired but I know that many people will disagree. I think his number should be retired because the day I heard he became a bull I knew the bulls would end up having a great season, and what do u know the bulls won 72 games and the first of a second three-peat. Rodman was the master at getting into players heads and causing them to lose focus ( for example:alonzo mourning) He led the league in rebounds every year and pretty much was the attitude of the team. He always played hard and hustled for loose balls and he got karl malone to lose focus of the game in the finals both years. without him im not sure if the bulls would have won some of those playoff series, but when u have mj, the most clutch player of ALL TIME you always have a shot. who else do u think deserves to get their jersey retired?
 

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Rodman was only here for three years and that alone means no way, Secondly, he was and is beneath contempt as a human being. His being a Bull was the reason I knew the cornrow stuff with Miles was totally imaginary. Other than Pippen, no one was here long enough and distinguished themselves enough to merit consideration.
 

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If Rodman's jersey is retired anywhere, it should be with Detroit.....
 

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Other than Pippen, no one was here long enough and distinguished themselves enough to merit consideration.
I think Horace Grant merits consideration. He played here 7 years and contributed significantly to 3 championships.
 

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Horace is worth consideration -- but he also turned his back on the Bulls after the 94 season

the Bulls just missed out on going to the Finals, WITHOUT Jordan in a grueling eastern finals with the knicks

Piston Pete Myers and Kukoc were brought in... and Horace could have stayed, and been part of the team that Jordan came back to but eventually lost to ... the Magic, featuring Horace Grant


that right there makes me think the bulls organization is far less likely to honor the guy.

aside from Scottie Pippen, there is no one in recent bulls history who really deserves to have his jersey number retired.
 

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I think Pippen and John Paxson for sure. Paxson played such a vital role in the first 3 championships and still continues working with the Bulls. Grant should merit some consideration. Even though he left the Bulls he was one of the "Big Three" during the early championship years. Rodman? Detriot should be the ones if anybody does it. But it's not like the number 91 is going to be used again, so what the hell!!
 

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Retired numbers

I think Bill Cartwright, Pip, Paxson, and Red Kerr should all be considered; altohugh Red Kerr was only a coach with the Bulls and wouldn't need a jersey number to be retired, it would still be nice to honor him.
 

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How about any of the guys from the 70's? The Bulls had some damn good teams back them. I believe Sloan and Bob Love have had their jersey's retired. How about Van Lier? He was definitely a better player than announcer.
 

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i thought about Paxson getting his number retired... but it's being used!

Mercer wore #5 when he was here...
Jalen's wearing it these days...

is it going to be like the Bob Love/B.J. Armstrong situation?

actually, this one is weirder -- as much as i loved John Paxson on the Bulls, he's just NOT as good a player as Jalen Rose

how weird is it to retire the jersey number of a guy -- when another guy who's better than the first guy is wearing that number now??
 

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Understandable thinking on how it would be wierd to retire Paxson's number when Rose is wearing it and is better, but look at it this way.

Rose didn't score 10 points in the last 3 minutes and shoot 60% in the NBA finals to lead the city of Chicago to it's first championship.

Rose didn't hit a 3 point shot with 3.8 seconds left to win the city's third NBA championship. Out of all the shots MJ hit to win games, none was any more cold blooded then that 3 by Paxson.

Paxson hit shots to win championships. Paxson has also been with the organization for 16 years!!

Pax should not be excluded from his number being retired just because a player happens to wear his number now. After Scottie Pippen I would say Paxson is the most deserving.

Were his accomplisments less in the success of this franchise than Jerry Sloans?
 

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I gotta agree with Paxson. When he played he was one of my favorite role players in the NBA. The man could definitally light it up from downtown. He was always my favorite player to shoot the ball with on the video game Bulls vs Blazers and the 92 NBA playoffs, lol. He is doing alot with the orginization and if the bulls improve and become a contender i think his efforts well most definitally be worthy to have a retired number.
 

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C'mon guys. As much as we all love Pax, he was a role player and in my opinion is not quite deserving of having his number retired. True, he contributed to 3 championships, but he was in many ways more lucky to have played on the same team as Michael, Scottie, Horace, etc. (I believe even he has stated this). Norm Van Lier would be more worthy, IMO.

As for Horace Grant, it's true that he left the Bulls on bitter terms (especially with Reinsdorf), and I agree with those who say that the Bulls would have been serious contenders in 1995 (as they were in 1994) had he not defected to Orlando. But the original question was not who we think will get their number retired, but who deserves to have their number retired. I think Horace does.
 

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ONLY 23 and 33 should be retired. By including extras like Pax, Horace, Rodman, you're really cheapening the accomplishment. It should be a real HONOR to have a Bulls jersey retired, and that should belong to 2 of the greatest 50 players ever. I think only Hall-of-Fame calibur players should be considered. If you don't set the bar extremely high, then it won't mean as much. Also, you'll run out of numbers.
 

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i really don't think Bob Love was a hall-of-famer, but he got his number retired anyway because he was a big contributer on some of the franchises' best teams for a very long time. He probably could have gone somewhere else and made more money or gotten on a better team, but he chose to stay here out of loyalty. That's why i don't think Rodman or Grant should have the numbers retired, neither was here for that long. Pax, however, I think should at least be considered because of his loyalty to the organization and the city. I also really think they should honor "Mr.Bull" himself, Johnny Red Kerr. He's only been with the organization since it was founded back in the 60's.
 

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Maybe when Jalen retires, he and Pax can have their number jointly retired. That makes more sense than retiring it for one player while a better player is currently wearing it.
 
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