HoopsHype John Paxson rumors

January 13, 2013 Updates

John Paxson, Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations, witnessed this scene and was asked if expectations are moving too fast given how prudent the organization is regarding Rose's return. "Expectations are going to come from every angle," Paxson said. "We're going to remain patient. Until we get him into real practice situations for an extended period of time and see how his body responds, we're not even going to come up with a plan for him to play. "Our priority is to make sure he's healthy and he's healthy for the long term. Everything will be dictated by that." Chicago Tribune

Rose, for example, is dying to get back on the court and firmly believes he can make a title run this season, even though the Bulls, collectively, are a worse team than the one he came up short with last season. His advisers are the ones trying to slow his roll, asking him to take the long view and give his knee another full summer of work before subjecting it to the rigors of NBA competition. RGIII clearly has the same competitive mentality, which is why it's vital someone with a more sober and objective view take the wheel. "Someone has to be the adult in the room," said an NBA source. Sulia

October 1, 2012 Updates

Vice president John Paxson and general manager Gar Forman carefully assembled a roster that fit together seamlessly when everybody was healthy, which was rare last season. They undoubtedly tried to build this roster just as meticulously, but whether this one will be as successful as last season’s version remains to be seen. Complicating the process is the void left by Rose’s absence, which extends beyond his considerable ability. Rose is the player most responsible for setting the pace and holding teammates to a high standard, which he won’t be able to do until he recovers from ACL surgery, and nobody, least of all Rose, knows when that might be. In the meantime, he’s going to try to lead from the training room, which is never easy. In a way, Thibodeau is preparing his team for two seasons --- one without Rose and one when Rose returns, which only increases the degree of difficulty. Chicago Sun-Times

June 9, 2012 Updates
May 12, 2012 Updates

I’ve covered pro sports for 20 years and never have been around a more hard-working or tighter-knit group of athletes than these Bulls. From Rose to Brian Scalabrine, these guys genuinely care about and play for each other. There’s real value in that. The respect around the league for the Bulls is off the charts. To find a group of players that plays as hard and unselfishly as this team does is extremely rare at any level in any sport, which is why vice president John Paxson and general manager Gar Forman will be reluctant to compromise what the Bulls have built. Chicago Sun-Times

May 7, 2012 Updates

In his postgame remarks, 76ers coach Doug Collins referenced Bulls vice president John Paxson, who left the team briefly for a long-planned procedure to address an arrhythmia issue. “He’s like a son to me,” Collins said. “Pax is so much the guts of that organization, and I just want to send out prayers to him.” Chicago Tribune

May 6, 2012 Updates
December 29, 2011 Updates

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard doesn't seem to have interest in bringing his talents to Chicago. But that doesn't mean the Bulls' front office is no longer interested in acquiring the top center in the NBA. "We don't want to talk about other teams' players but obviously there are situations out there that you know that you have to look at," VP of Basketball Operations John Paxson said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN radio WMVP-AM 1000 Wednesday. "The other part of it is you hope those types of players want to come here. Sometimes, at least what you hear from agents, it doesn't have anything to do with basketball. It has more to do with marketing and whatnot. Those are the things you don't have under control when an agent gets involved and doesn't even want to talk to you. All you do is keep trying, and we certainly will." CSN Chicago

May 11, 2011 Updates

However it has come to be, Smith feels he’s never been freer. When Bulls executive John Paxson and former coach Vinny Del Negro got into an embarrassing scuffle last April, Smith deconstructed the entire affair on his blog. The same incident snagged the Tribune’s Bulls beat writer, K. C. Johnson, who was criticized after it was revealed that he knew about the fight weeks before it became public, but opted to sit on it. Columbia Journalism Review

May 10, 2011 Updates

Building around a core of Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson, Forman replaced 11 of the 15 players and hired Tom Thibodeau to replace Del Negro. The Bulls went 62-20 -- the best record in the NBA -- and are among the contenders in a wide-open playoff for the NBA championship. Rose flourished under the defensive-minded Thibodeau and won the league's Most Valuable Player Award. Thibodeau won the Coach of the year Award. And Noah was named to the All-Defensive second team. ''It's not just me,'' Forman told the Sun-Times. ''Our whole staff works together. Everybody from our scouting staff to John [Paxson], Tom [Thibodeau] and the coaching staff, there's constant communication.'' Chicago Sun-Times

April 12, 2011 Updates
March 31, 2011 Updates

Can you explain -- in practice, not in title -- the postions of John Paxson and Gar Forman? It seems Pax stepped down as GM in title only. He is the one talking to the media. You certainly get the feeling that he is the one in charge. Who answers to who? Why did they make the switch? Sam R., Chicago Paxson doesn't talk to the media. Forman does. Paxson's title always has been executive vice president of basketball operations. Jerry Reinsdorf promoted Forman to the title of general manager to reward his longstanding work with the organization and for him to take on more of the hands-on, day-to-day duties. Paxson wanted to take a more behind-the-scenes organizational role. Forman deals with most of the player agents and other general managers and also the media. Paxson continues to be involved in all basketball operations decisions and he and Forman talk daily. Other teams employ similar arrangements. Chicago Tribune

March 8, 2011 Updates

But if drafting these players was Paxson’s best decision as general manager, his physical assault against former coach Vinny Del Negro, whom he later fired, was his worst. “It never should have happened, and I never should have done it,” Paxson said Monday. “It was a heat-of-the-moment thing, and I was very frustrated with the way we were playing. “What also disappointed me is that [Del Negro] never owned up to making a mistake. That says more about him than it does me. I was trying to protect my player [Noah, who was coming back from injuries], I did it in the wrong way and I’m not proud of that.” Chicago Sun-Times

But if choking and jabbing Del Negro was the price Paxson had to pay to hire rookie coach Tom Thibodeau, then the Bulls appear better for the “mistake.” “Tom came in with a positive plan and a belief system from the start, and he has adhered to that.” Paxson said. “He’s done the best job in the league.” Chicago Sun-Times

February 19, 2011 Updates

"We're not going to compromise our chemistry, because it's an underrated thing in this league when you have a group that plays well together and fits together. And we're not going to compromise what we believe we can do in the future to make us a championship team, not just for a year, but for a long period of time with Derrick being just 22 years old. We'll be cautious. We talked to a lot of teams. We listen, and throw ideas out there. And you never know, things can happen before the deadline ... but we feel good where we're at." ESPN.com

September 1, 2010 Updates

The Bulls invested considerable time, emotion and money this summer on the courting of free agents LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, all of whom wound up in Miami. But Bulls executive vice president John Paxson insists he did not feel used. "I don't feel it was a waste of time because every team that had (salary-cap) money did the same thing," Paxson told the Tribune. "We were making our pitch, and none of us knows if that was set in stone long ago or (we) were just spinning our wheels. It doesn't really matter. I think as an organization it was really good for us, because we put together a plan and a program to show what we are about and what we want to be. I think it reinforced a lot of things that we believe in. We tried our best and unfortunately didn't hit what would have been a grand slam. But both (general manager) Gar (Forman) and I are both confident that we've improved our team." Chicago Tribune

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