Facebook Twitter

RETIRE JIM’S JERSEY, SAYS BULLS’ PAXSON

SHARE RETIRE JIM’S JERSEY, SAYS BULLS’ PAXSON

The Portland Trail Blazers' president says his club retired too many numbers of former players.

"There has been some pressure to retire the numbers of Lionel Hollins and Bobby Gross from the (1977) championship team, but, I think we've retired too many already," Harry Glickman said.Glickman's comments Monday followed criticism by John Paxson of the Chicago Bulls that the Blazers had not retired his brother Jim's number.

Jim Paxson twice was an all-star during his eight seasons with Portland. He was the first Portland player to score 10,000 points - and the only Blazer besides Clyde Drexler to accomplish that feat.

"I'm obviously biased," John Paxson told The Oregonian. "But what does it take anyway?" Referring to a banner in the rafters of Memorial Coliseum, he asked, "Why isn't Jim up there?" Jim Paxson's No. 4 is missing from the banner that shows the Blazers' retired uniform numbers.

The banner contains the numbers of Dave Twardzik , Larry Steele , Maurice Lucas , Bill Walton , Lloyd Neal , Geoff Petrie and a No. 1 for former owner Larry Weinberg.

"I think we overdid it," Glickman said. "We got emotional and retired too many. We should have been more discerning. In retrospect, only two absolutely, legitimately should be retired - Petrie and Walton."