Despite playing without Derrick Rose, the Bulls continue working to build their legacy in Chicago. Now the team may have another big honor coming their way.
Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf joins nine-time All-Star Gary Payton and former league executive Russ Granik on the list of leaders for the 2013 Hall of Fame nominees.
As NBA.com reported Monday morning, 31 candidates are currently in the running. Additional cuts will be made during the All-Star game in February, where nominees will have to earn seven votes among a nine-person panel to continue on in the voting process. A group of 24 voters will then have the final say, and an ultimate ruling -- where nominees must receive 18 of the 24 votes -- will be announced at the Final Four in April.
Reinsdorf -- who, in addition to the Bulls, also owns the White Sox -- has earned a nomination through the Contributor category. Not only has he had a strong influence in Chicago's sports, but he's also used his power to help improve the city's school systems, particularly in standardized testing.
He's also worked to further community development on Chicago's West Side with both the Charitabulls and White Sox Charities.
Reinsdorf was inducted into the Appleton, Wisc. Baseball Hall of Fame back in 2005 for the successes among White Sox affiliates, and now he may continue his list of Hall of Fame honors with the Bulls.