Big Changes are Coming for the Bulls

by Ryan Sartori

After over two decades of inadequacies on the hardwood, there will finally be a new Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Chicago Bulls. Arturas Karnisovas is the man in charge of taking the team into the next era of their storied franchise.

Previously, Karnisovas had been an international scout for the Houston Rockets from 2003-2008, and in 2013, he began his tenure with the Denver Nuggets where he would rise to the role of General Manager. During his time spent as GM in Denver, he took the Nuggets from a perennial lottery team and transformed them into a Western Conference contender.

Moving forward, there will be a ton of question marks surrounding the current roster and the front office. For now, here’s what we know:

  • John Paxson is sticking around as senior advisor of basketball operations, a role that has far less influence on the reconstruction of the roster. Think of it as the way Kenny Williams operates under Rick Hahn for the White Sox.
  • After 22 years in Chicago, former GM Gar Forman has been fired. Karnisovas cited philosophical differences as the reason for his removal. The Bulls are already in heavy pursuit of their next GM.
  • Much to the chagrin of fans, head coach Jim Boylen still has a job…for now. Once the Bulls find Gar Forman’s replacement, a decision on Boylen should follow promptly.
  • As it pertains to the roster, there hasn’t been any discussion. I wouldn’t assume there will be any changes until we know if there will be a proper conclusion to the season or not.

As I write this, I still can’t believe that it’s a reality. The Gar/Pax era of Bulls’ basketball is finally over!