CHICAGO – Nearly 22 years after leaving the Bulls for Orlando during free agency, one of the key player to the team’s first three-peat is coming back.
On Wednesday the Bulls announced that Horace Grant will return to the team as a Special Assistant to the President and COO of the team Michael Reinsdorf. He will begin his work with the Bulls this October.
“Horace is an incredible ambassador for the game of basketball. His ability to engage an audience, whether he is in a boardroom or a community center, will be invaluable to me and everyone at the Bulls as we continuously look for ways to grow our relationships with fans, corporate partners, and civic groups,” said Reinsdorf in a statement released by team. “Every time we are together, he always has fantastic stories about his days with the Bulls, but he is also eager to share about his life today with his family and his travels with the NBA.
“Horace will bring a terrific energy to his role at the Bulls.”
Grant has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the NBA since the end of his 17-year career, traveling to 14 countries while making 85 appearances on behalf of the league.
He’ll return to the team he started his NBA career with back in 1987 when he was drafted tenth overall in the draft out of Clemson. Grant played for the Bulls from that year through 1994 and helped the team to championships in 1991, 1992 and 1993.
After the 1994 season, Grant signed with the Orlando Magic and stayed there for five seasons. He would go to Seattle, to the Lakers, back to Orlando and then the Los Angeles again before retiring in 2004. Grant was an All-Star with the Bulls in 1994 and for his career in Chicago averaged 12.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game.
“The Chicago Bulls have always had a special place in my heart and it means so much to be part of the family again,” said Grant in a statement released by the team. “The team has given me memories that will last a lifetime and I am looking forward to creating even more in this new role.
“Serving as an NBA Goodwill Ambassador for the last six years has provided me with the opportunity to serve as a liaison between the league, fans and players, and I am excited to bring that experience and knowledge to the Bulls.”