Jim Paxson Rumors
One person whom the Bucks have shown interest in is Jim Paxson, who was the general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers from 1999-2005. Paxson, 60, is now a consultant for the Chicago Bulls and has been in Las Vegas for the NBA Summer League games. According to sources, he met with Bucks officials about the assistant GM job.
As reported earlier by WPB, Chicago Bulls consultant Jim Paxson interviewed with the Bucks for the position earlier this week. It has also been learned Glen Grunwald and Gerald Madkins are under consideration for the job.
And then Paxson went on to be an executive with the Trailblazers and rebuild the Cavs. Which is why I asked Jim why I never hear his name come up in all these executive situations. He isn’t the pushy type, and very much enjoys his work with the Bulls. Still, he said he would like another chance to help build a franchise as he did with the Cavs. “I feel valued and the Reinsdorf family and Bulls organization has treated me great,” Jim says. “I really appreciate and respect the opportunity I’ve had with the Bulls for the last 10 years and the chance to work with my brother and what I do has been great. If I had the opportunity to be a strong second to a young GM getting in the league, I do feel I have a lot left to give and a lot of knowledge about the game and how things are done, and if I had that opportunity I’d embrace it.
“Personal things happened back then,” Paxson admitted alluding to his wife’s death from cancer in 2007. “I did a stretch consulting with Bulls, wasn’t out pushing myself. You know: Out of sight, out of mind.” Paxson isn’t looking to leave the Bulls and hardly unhappy. I was the one who began asking him about it because he’s always impressed as an excellent executive. And that Cavs team that went to the Finals so quickly in 2007 effectively was the one he built even if he was fired after the 2004-05 season when the franchise was sold.
27 Jan 15
What’s one G-rated or PG-rated story about an athlete that you’ve heard but haven’t had an opportunity to share? Shawn Kemp was late for a flight back in his Cleveland days, as he often was. He was beginning to run out of excuses. The one he gave the Cavs this time was, “My dog fell asleep in front of my car and I had to wait until he woke up.” No shit. Poor Randy Wittman was the coach and he just took it. That’s when we knew Randy was in big trouble. He was a rookie coach and Kemp worked him over. It actually said a lot about a bunch of things that were going on with the team at the time. Kemp was losing control of his life and Randy was overwhelmed. The best thing Jim Paxson did was find a way to hoist Kemp on Portland, which set it up for the Cavs to eventually get LeBron.