Gar Forman Rumors
“Jerry was a great basketball executive who I was fortunate to have worked for when I first joined the Bulls,” said General Manager Gar Forman. “For those that did not know him, Jerry was an even better person. He was a quality human being who treated everyone great. He will be missed dearly. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”
Nick Friedell: Interesting how many times players have noted an apparent lack of communication with Hoiberg/coaching staff in regard to rotation/minutes. Both younger players and veterans have expressed feeling unclear/unsure on what they need to do to get more minutes in the rotation. Gar Forman sold Fred Hoiberg a great communicator when he was hired. It seems like he is still struggling to get his message across sometimes in 2nd year.
Hoiberg was asked if it was important to him that general manager Gar Forman and vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said his job was safe and that they’ve seen growth in his coaching this season. He quickly sidestepped the question and reiterated that his only focus was winning the next game on the schedule.
Despite some outside perception to the contrary, the jobs of executive vice president John Paxson and general manager Gar Forman are safe, sources familiar with ownership’s thinking told the Tribune. In fact, ownership’s trust in Paxson and Forman remains so intact that they would be retained even if the Bulls miss the postseason for a second straight season, one source said.
It’s well-documented that Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and son Michael, who runs the business side as president and chief operating officer, are loyal and long have favored front-office continuity. But there’s also inherent trust in the roster-building process that Paxson, Forman and their staff have in place.
After hitting on back-end first-rounders Taj Gibson in 2009 and Butler in 2011, Paxson and Forman have drawn outside criticism for recent picks or draft-day acquisitions Nikola Mirotic, Tony Snell, Doug McDermott and Bobby Portis. But the Reinsdorfs still hold management’s talent evaluation in high regard, one source said, and also have valued its ability to avoid hamstringing the franchise with bloated, long-term contracts for players with minimal impact.