(Photo credit: Suzanne Tennant – Pioneer Press)
Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich and former Bull and current radio broadcaster Bill Wennington returned to the Berto Center for a basketball game Friday night, but they weren’t the ones in uniform.
Hinrich and Wennington were coaches for a charity basketball game held to benefit the family of Fox Lake police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz, who died of a gunshot wound while on duty at the start of the month. The two teams participating in the benefit game consisted of officials from the Deerfield Police Department (the blue team) and the Deerfield Bannockburn Fire Protection District (the red team).
Hinrich’s red team, the firefighters, prevailed in the end, taking the 29-21 victory over Wennington’s blue team.
According to the Pioneer Press‘ Ronnie Wachter, Hinrich and Wennington enjoyed getting to see the Berto Center, the Bulls’ former practice facility, one last time before it is turned into an event center.
Hinrich and Wennington both said they were happy to take their own last look at the Berto Center while it still had all the championship banners and retired jerseys hanging on the walls. They noted that they spent far more time inside the nondescript building, tucked into a corner of a corporate campus, than they did at the United Center.
“It’s always good to come back,” Wennington said. “We spent a lot of time on this floor. A lot of sweat, a little bit of blood. For me, it was home for six years.”
“This is a special place,” Hinrich added. “I’m glad to take a last look at these banners.”
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