10 Chicago Bulls Players We Miss, Even If They Weren't Very Good
There are a number of Chicago Bulls players we loved for their talents on the hardwood floor.
Some, like Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Jerry Sloan, have banners hanging in the United Center rafters.
Others, like Horace Grant, Artis Gilmore and B.J. Armstrong, may not have ever had their names embroidered on felt, but we still remember them fondly.
Then there are those players who might not have wowed us with their exceptional skills, but they brought something else to the table that we will commemorate here.
Here are the Top 10 Bulls we love, not because they were any good—just because of who they were.
Randy Brown was a useful player during the second Bulls three-peat. He was by no means a star, but he served his purpose as an energetic player coming off the bench.
Mostly, though, we remember him fondly as being the first one on the court to hug a weeping Michael Jordan when the Bulls topped the Seattle Supersonics in the 1996 NBA Finals.
Perhaps if he had been as quick to defend opposing players as he was to reach Michael, his career would have been defined more as an NBA player than as a guy who created a great photo op for himself.
Jack Haley was a member of the Bulls' record 72-win championship team. Of those 72 wins, Jack participated in exactly one. Is it fair to say that the Bulls would have only won 71 without him?
Although Jack didn't add much on the court to the best team in the history of NBA basketball, he is notable in that he was the best friend to Dennis Rodman, a player who was instrumental in the team's success. Without Jack, who knows if the flighty Rodman would have performed as he did.
Thusly, we remember Jack fondly as the towel-waving superfan on the end of the bench, and the guy who kept Dennis in check.
Thank you, Jack!
There is something to say for a player who has the fans chanting his name at the end of a blowout game, chomping at the bit in hopes their guy logs a few junk minutes.
Perhaps it was his blue collar work ethic. Perhaps it was his good nature. Most likely it was his red hair. If only the Bulls could have claimed Uwe Blab as well.
Dave Corzine was a local kid who played at DePaul University. After a couple of years spent elsewhere in the NBA, he came back to Chicago and put in seven mostly forgettable seasons with the Bulls.
Corzine wasn't a bad player, but he was never well received by Chicago Stadium fans in his playing days. It's only years later that we can look back and think, Dave wasn't a bad guy, he was just really slow!
And he had a great mustache.
Craig Hodges got himself in some hot water for his political views, but we don't care about that. What we do care about is he had a deadly eye from beyond the three-pointer line.
He was once a three-time champion in the All-Star Weekend Three-Point Shootout. What we most like about him was he trash-talked fellow three-pointer competitor Larry Bird, drawing Bird's ire.
Anyone who had the stones to try to give the business to an NBA legend earns points in our book.
Jo Jo English
Jo Jo English isn't really remembered for his contributions on the court, but we fondly think back about his contributions in the stands.
In a pivotal playoff game against the New York Knicks, he tussled with their key player Derek Harper, and the fight spilled into the crowd.
The result? The Bulls lost the meaningless English, and the Knicks lost the useful Harper, to suspension.
English will forever be remembered as a folk hero.
Bill Wennington was a useful backup center who helped some Bulls championship teams.
Mostly, though, he had a great beard.
That's good enough.
Cliff Levingston was a key benchplayer during the first Bulls three-peat. He was notable for his hustle, his defense and his terrible outside shooting.
He was also noted for being a frequent visitor of the Chicago nightlife. That certainly scores him points.
Ed Nealy was loved by the Bulls coaching staff for his court smarts, physical play, and unselfishness.
Fans loved him because he rocked the bowl haircut and the short shorts like no one else could.
Jud Buechler was an exceptional volleyball player, and a decent reserve who helped a few of the Bulls championship teams.
He is also notable for being the all-time NBA leader in "trillions" (logging playing time in a game but not getting anything for the stat sheet, resulting in a number followed by 12 zeroes), with 55.
For this reason, he certainly deserves inclusion.