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Reinsdorf calls season 'disaster,' backs Paxson

Posted on: January 31, 2009 1:54 pm

From the master-of-the-obvious department: Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf did a Chicago TV interview Friday morning and called this season "a disaster" and "embarrassing." But he vowed, "It will get better."

A crucial point in the interview, a full transcript of which is available here: When Reinsdorf was asked if it would get better with the same people, he launched into a vehement defense of general manager John Paxson.

“When you have a team that’s not performing, it’s an organization failure," Reinsdorf said. "You win and you lose as an organization. But if there’s one person that is not responsible for what’s going on right now, it’s John Paxson. I have tremendous confidence in John Paxson. He’s really one of the best people that I know. He’s a great general manager and a great judge of talent. I just worry that he not be too hard on himself. He takes all of this very, very seriously.”

So do Bulls fans, I bet. And based on that comment, Bulls fans have even less reason to believe that things will get turned around with this lost franchise.

If it's not Paxson's fault, and it's not Reinsdorf's fault, then you can't fault Vinny Del Negro for defending himself in response to Reinsdorf's comments. If Paxson is safe, then the Bull's eye must be squarely on Del Negro's chest.

"Managing expectations is the hardest thing in this business," Del Negro told reporters in Sacramento before the Bulls beat the Kings 109-88 Friday, their first victory at Arco Arena in 12 years. "They didn't win 60 games last year. They didn't have a rookie point guard. They didn't have the injuries we've had."



Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2009 3:18 pm

Reinsdorf calls season 'disaster,' backs Paxson

Was John Paxson not a voice in the Lamarcus Aldridge for Tyrus Thomas trade?  Burn.  Didnt he have any say in Ben Wallace's enormous contract that we all knew wouldn't work out.  What about drafting Noah?  Major mistake.  How about crowding the backcourt and SF spots with a million players.  The only two smart decisions made by Bulls management recently was trading for Thabo and the no-brainer in drafting Derrick Rose.  Paxson has blame in this.  It is nice to have your boss' backing but Matt Millen had Ford's for several years somehow.

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