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Big day ahead for former Bulls center Gilmore

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  • Chicago Bulls center Artis Gilmore (53) leaps high and pulls down a pass in front of Milwaukee Bucks center John Gianelli (40) during second quarter action Jan. 22, 1978 in Milwaukee.

    Chicago Bulls center Artis Gilmore (53) leaps high and pulls down a pass in front of Milwaukee Bucks center John Gianelli (40) during second quarter action Jan. 22, 1978 in Milwaukee.
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  • Artis Gilmore looks on during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class announcement on April 4, 2011, in Houston.

    Artis Gilmore looks on during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class announcement on April 4, 2011, in Houston.
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  • Artis Gilmore, 7-foot-2 player from Jacksonville University, is introduced to the press, on March 17, 1971, in New York, after he was signed by the Kentucky Colonels as their first round pick of the draft.

    Artis Gilmore, 7-foot-2 player from Jacksonville University, is introduced to the press, on March 17, 1971, in New York, after he was signed by the Kentucky Colonels as their first round pick of the draft.
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  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (33) of the Los Angeles Lakers goes one on one against Artis Gilmore (53) of the San Antonio Spurs on May 13, 1983, in the first period in San Antonio. It is the third game in the best of seven Western Conference finals.

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (33) of the Los Angeles Lakers goes one on one against Artis Gilmore (53) of the San Antonio Spurs on May 13, 1983, in the first period in San Antonio. It is the third game in the best of seven Western Conference finals.
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  • Artis Gilmore of the San Antonio Spurs gets ready to drive to the basket against Bill Walton of the San Diego Clippers in San Diego on March 5, 1983. Gilmore scored 19 points for the Spurs victory over the Clippers, 107-99.

    Artis Gilmore of the San Antonio Spurs gets ready to drive to the basket against Bill Walton of the San Diego Clippers in San Diego on March 5, 1983. Gilmore scored 19 points for the Spurs victory over the Clippers, 107-99.
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As he prepares to enter the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday night with Dennis Rodman and Tex Winter, Artis Gilmore knows his years with the Bulls could have gone a lot better. Despite two playoff runs, it was mostly a down period for the franchise.

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