Bulls Manager from Buffalo Grove Speaks to Hometown Crowd

Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman, of Buffalo Grove, spoke at Tuesday's Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting at The Arboretum.

Buffalo Grove business representatives got an insider’s perspective on the Chicago Bulls Tuesday, when General Manager Gar Forman was the featured speaker at the Buffalo Grove Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting.

Forman, who has lived in Buffalo Grove for the past decade, has served as the Bulls’ general manager for four of his 15 years on its staff.

“This season, to this point, we’ve had a certain amount of success,” he said.

Forman spoke of injured players (officials hope Derrick Rose is “coming back this year and fairly soon,” he said) and the team’s recruitment process as he fielded questions from NBA fans in the audience.

He’s hopeful that the Bulls will make it to the playoffs this year, he said.

“We think we have a chance to be very competitive this year,” he said.

Forman said athletic talent is only one consideration in the team’s recruitment process.

“The thing I tell our scouts is, I never want to miss on somebody’s character,” he said.

Forman also spoke highly of Buffalo Grove, where he coaches one of the park district’s third-grade basketball teams.

“We really, really enjoy the city of Buffalo Grove, the area, the people we meet,” he said. “It’s a terrific place to live.”

As for that youth basketball team?

“My team is 0 and 5 so far,” he said, as the audience chuckled.

A self-described “terrible golfer” who managed to win a club championship at The Arboretum, Forman suggested, again to the crowd's amusement, that the village rename the center “The Garboretum” in his honor.


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