Bulls honor Jordan, Sloan, Kerr and Collins
Bulls legend Michael Jordan, basketball’s greatest player ever, was among a class of five named for enshrinement in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Class of 2009 was inducted during festivities in Springfield, MA September 10-12, 2009. Joining Jordan was former Bulls player and coach Jerry Sloan, while the late Johnny "Red" Kerr received the 2009 John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award, and former Bulls coach Doug Collins got the Curt Gowdy Media Award for his broadcasting work.
"Michael Jordan is immortalized in the minds and hearts of everyone who ever saw him play. He goes into the Basketball Hall of Fame the weekend of Sept 10-12. It finally makes the Hall of Fame complete." -- Sam Smith
"Mr. Chicago Bull is Jerry Sloan. Sloan is primarily gaining admittance to the Basketball Hall for Fame for his astonishing coaching career with the Utah Jazz, where Sloan has been a model of professionalism and consistency in 21 seasons and with more than 1,000 victories. Ninety-four of those wins came as head coach of the Bulls between 1979 and 1982, and, had things developed as they were supposed to, Sloan should have been establishing those coaching records and going into the Hall of Fame as the greatest Bulls coach ever." -- Sam Smith
“Johnny Kerr is a Chicago Bulls icon,” said Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. “It is only fitting that we salute Johnny and thank him for the many contributions he has made to the Chicago Bulls organization over these past decades. We are pleased to have the opportunity along with 20,000 of our fans to tell Johnny how much we love and appreciate him.”
Kerr was part of the Bulls organization in various capacities for 35 of the franchise’s 43 seasons, most notably as a team broadcaster for more than 30 years. He also served as the team’s first head coach in 1966 and earned NBA Coach of the Year honors for the 1966-67 season, when he directed the first-year Bulls to a playoff appearance. Kerr was the only head coach in NBA history to lead an expansion team to the playoffs during its inaugural season. Additionally, he was the franchise’s business manager for two seasons.