Former Bulls player and exec Billy McKinney gets his jersey retired by Northwestern


In the history of the Wildcats, Billy was the first former student to have his jersey retired by the university.

Northwestern University honoured former Chicago Bulls guard Billy McKinney by retiring his No. 30 jersey on Saturday. McKinney was a member of the Bulls.

He was the first student-athlete in the 173-year history of the institution to have his number retired onto the school's permanent roster.

During halftime of the Wildcats' game against the Iowa Hawkeyes, McKinney's shirt was raised to the ceiling of Welsh-Ryan Arena. His family, friends, and school officials saw it happen.

From 1973 to 1977, McKinney played for the Wildcats and scored 1,900 points, which was Northwestern's all-time record. He held that record for 35 years. 

He was named to the First Team All-Big Ten in 1976–77 because he averaged 20.6 points, 2.8 boards, and 2.6 assists as a senior.

"I've been trying to come up with something deep to say." "That's really cool," McKinney said. "What a great way to be recognised!

I had never thought of that before." That it should happen now, at this point in my life, when I can fully enjoy it and understand how important it is, is weird.

One of McKinney's only six seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) was spent with the Chicago Bulls from 1985 to 1986. 

While he's not well-known to most Chi-town fans, his impact goes beyond his time in the front office.

As soon as Billy announced his retirement, Jerry Krause, who was general manager of Chicago at the time, hired him as one of the team's assistant teachers and basketball scouts. 

Eventually, he became the first African-American official in Bulls history. He also played a big role in helping the team find and pick Scottie Pippen in the 1987 NBA Draft.

"I went down to watch Scottie play a game against Arkadelphia State, and when I came back, I told Jerry 'this is definitely a guy that you have to see,'" according to him.

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