October 1, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf (left) and Chicago Bulls President and Chief Operating Officer Michael Reinsdorf watch the activities during Chicago Bulls media day at the Berto Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Reinsdorf Nominated for Basketball Hall of Fame


October 1, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf (left) and Chicago Bulls President and Chief Operating Officer Michael Reinsdorf talk during Chicago Bulls media day at the Berto Center. (Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports)

On January 7, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the nominees for the Class of 2013. Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf was among the nominees.

Reinsdorf is a first-time nominee under the Contributor category. He is among five other first-time nominees as well as former Bulls general manager Jerry Krause. Reinsdorf has owned the Bulls for nearly twenty-seven years. During his ownership, the Bulls have won six championships. Reinsdorf recently expressed shock when discovering his nomination.

“I am both surprised and humbled by the nomination,” Reinsdorf said. “To be even mentioned in the company of current members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an honor.”

It definitely is an honor, and with the success the Bulls have experienced throughout his tenure, it is a nomination Reinsdorf has earned. So good for him. It is truly great to receive this kind of recognition. Fans have expressed disapproval for Reinsdorf because of the luxury tax situation. Putting that aside, it is time to appreciate what he has done rather than criticize what he will not do. After that, everyone can go back to whatever. Until then, congratulations are in order for Jerry Reinsdorf. Best of luck to you on becoming a finalist.

The finalists will be announced in February during NBA All-Star weekend.