"Van Lier is remembered as one of the all time greats to wear a Chicago Bulls uniform. He was well known as a fiery competitor who set a standard for defense and toughness. My first and only opportunity to meet Van Lier was during a Chicago Sun Times Collectors Convention in November 2007.
Within moments of meeting him he impressed upon me an overwhelming positive attitude and a willingness to chat about anything Bulls. Van Lier attempted to pass a little of his positive outlook onto each collector by including a smiley face to the end of his signature. He will be truly missed."
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