Thursday, May 21st, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  13 responses

John Paxson’s New Role

He more or less fired himself from the GM spot, and will handle other duties going forward: “John Paxson has turned over day-to-day duties of running the Bulls to Gar Forman, the team’s former director of player personnel who now assumes the role of general manager. Paxson retains the title of Bulls’ executive vice president of basketball operations and is expected to remain involved in all major decisions involving the operation of the team.”

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  • jbas


  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Is it bad that today was the first time I’d ever heard the name Gar Forman?

  • PArsons

    No Ben it’s not bad.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Apparently Gar’s “top priority” this off-season is to re-sign Ben Gordon. Terrific. Let’s keep the core of this team together, because hey, we can lose in the first round every year! If they give Ben $60 or $70 million and don’t try and trade Deng or Kirk, I’m heading to Chicago with a baseball bat. WHAT THE F*CK IS THE LONG-TERM PLAN?

  • http://twitter.com/0_0_ MyKal

    The long term plan is to obviously worry about the short-term now and the long-term later, its genius.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Russ… I don’t see sports teams, let alone NBA teams have long terms plans. It’s just not reality or relevant or approachable. Think about this aspect of decision making: The NBA DRAFT. Every year a team gets to pick from a bunch of prospective ‘employees’, and sign someone that is expected to help make their ball club better the next season, if not into future seasons as they develop and progress. The issue is that this is the mindset EVERY YEAR… think about that, every single year in July a new face walks in through the ‘office door’, with the expectations upon them to make changes and to be better than someone else at that same position [read job]… It’s why someone goes for that hulking centre with limited offensive skills (but look at the upside they all cry…) or have a more than passing interest in the influx of new point guards because they remind them of pistol petes this time (whereas the pick just this time last year was going to be the next Kenny Anderson!!… until he got into the game… and he was more like the next Tim Legler. The issue I have [and if I could write about it in some fancy easy-to-read journalistic fashion I would] is that EVERY year you hear the same grips about height or lackthereof, or blinded praiseworthiness about creativity with the ball from some quick handed college kid that isn’t allowed to buy himself a drink so the way I figure it is that now, after hearing the same excuses some 60 years into the NBA leagues existance we surely must have a competition of undersized midgets running a globe-trotters circus out there now…

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    …I present THIS challange to any, if not every NBA team: Pick your 12-15 players and stay with the EXACT same team for a set period of time, while your at it….stick with the same coach for a decent go. This scenario of having a different group put up the numbers every season and someone different endeavouring to run the ship (from GM down to coach and staff) doesn’t work in ANY OTHER format, business or otherwise… Do schools produce well rounded students and young adults with a different teacher body/p&c group every other year? What about international companies on the stock exchange? They aren’t churning through management personel like Dick Chaney on a duck hunt!? I’m just amazed at what we see leading up to the draft every single year and if NBA teams and their respective organisations want to be SUPER competitive then sure, keep looking for that one player thats going to dominate their conference or division, they are out there somewhere…someones got to fill the number one spot at some point when it’s all said and done…but it would come with alot of pain if you don’t find the right guy and you already ‘win a lottery’ with getting a top pick, don’t blow it on a double or nothing gamble with an undersize hobbit with incredulous upside and long arms but a tendancy to like women, drugs and drinking [which at the end of the day is your typical hobbit].

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    LMFAO @ MyKal! Nice one.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Dacre: A students’ success is dependent upon the student, not the teacher (Sam won’t like this). You could have the best teacher in the world, but if a student doesn’t put in the effort, its finished.
    Likewise, with an NBA team, its essentially the PLAYERS who have to put in the work. You could put Vinny Del Negro coaching Jordan and Scottie and you’d still have a GREAT chance of winning the NBA championship… So long as Vinny doesn’t purposely try and screw his team up. Ever wonder why a great coach like Phil Jackson couldn’t win squat with a team consisting of Kobe Bryant and a bunch of unknown cats, including Kwame Brown starting at Center?

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    Bulls’ long term plan: 1. We have Derrick Rose. 2. ???? 3. Profit!

  • chintao

    Gar makes Russ grrr.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    He’ll probably be called GarF sooner rather than later. And all bad personnel moves by any team in the offseason = pulled a Garf. Like Magic Johnson way back when, “pulling a Homer(Simpson).”

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    Or maybe, Gar Forman, can be said “our 4 man.”
    Who is he? Deng/Noah/Thomas? Exactly.