The Chicago Bulls are hiring Denver Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas to become the franchise's new executive vice president of basketball operations, league sources told ESPN.
The sides were finalizing contractual details on a multiyear deal late Wednesday night, after the team offered the job to Karnisovas shortly after completing a second round of interviews, sources said.
1. "This has been on my prayer list for years." In response to Reply # 0 Thu Apr-09-20 09:18 AM by LeroyBumpkin
A few thoughts:
01. This is good news. The NBA has changed in the last 17 years, the Bulls haven't.
02. If Jim Boylen is still the coach when the 20/21 season begins, I'll know Karnisovas is slightly handcuffed. It won't surprise me, but it'll be disappointing.
03. Markkanen voicing his concerns about staying with the Bulls HAD to have forced their hand to act during this downtime.
04. Scouting will now look at prospects outside of Ames, IA.
05. I think there's something solid with this core. Lavine is on a very friendly contract. Markkanen definitely regressed but needs touches. Both Carter Jr. and White are kids. These guys need good coaching and development.
06. Karnisovas was my 2nd choice after Webster from Toronto, but I'm happy. I got a little worried when the Pacers GM turned down the job.
07. This. Is. Good. News.
08. I still wanted a full house cleaning of the front office. Everyone from coaches to the Bulls trainer Jeff Tanaka. So it's not quite #FireGarPax.
“Learning from that situation is that you can come up with 60, 80, 100 ideas and one of them might stick,” Karnisovas told Chris Mannix in The Crossover podcast. “But it’s a relentless try of trying to make things happen, is what I got from Houston. Other teams, they don’t want to call and lose the negotiations by engaging teams. It was the opposite. They would call every team constantly and look for ideas of how they can make their team better. That’s what I took and still to this day, I believe in coming up with 100 ideas. Maybe one will stick.”
4. "good, Bulls organization was the whitest in the league" In response to Reply # 3
Bulls had a huge representation issue with their front office. Glad a few reporters finally called them out on it and it forced the Bulls' hand a bit (though making an announcement was stupid). Bulls have had literally one POC head coach in the history of the organization and they're the only team besides the Spurs to not have a POC head coach since 2004. About damn time they hire a POC and it's a step in the right direction.
Michael Finley or Shane Battier would be good picks for GM.
On the coaching front, thank god all signs point towards Boylen being fired. Kenny Atkinson would be my top pick and I think he would fit well with the young team.
Finally some good news for Bulls fans. I been #FireGarPax for a long time and now hopefully the organization will change its culture, modernize, and take steps towards contention. This season's been a wash so I'd like to see what the young core can do together for one more season under a competent coach before making big moves.
6. "I don't know anything about the GM and PBO when it comes to " In response to Reply # 0
basketball. My research and interest does not go that far.
However, on the coaching front, I would like to see the bulls make a run at Jason Kidd on Becky Hammond.
1. The main thing the bulls need is player development. This is something that Hoiberg and Boylen were and are not able to do. Jason Kidd is very good in that department. He was instrumental in Giannis' development, and the fact that he is one of the greatest PGs to ever play the game, he would be instrumental in the growth of Coby White. I also like Becky Hammond, appears to be a tough, smart coach, and she knows how to design offenses. And the bull could really make some noise by being the first team to hire a female head coach.
2. There needs to be better penetration and facilitation on offense. The bulls need a facilitator, and a player who can be dominant on both sides of the ball. The game has changed. You just can't be one dimensional anymore. You have to be able to 3 and D, or facilitate and D, even centers have to be able to pass and move the offense. So the bulls need to address that in the draft. If they get the number 1 pick, then Lamelo Ball should be the pick. A 6'8 PG that can do everything on both sides of the ball is a no brainer. You can play him from the SF position to run the offense ( similar to pippen) and run white at the 1 and lavine at the 2.
3.What is Laurie? We do not know what he is. He has the potential, and the talent is there. However, he has yet to turn the corner, and make that next step. This needs to be answered asap. If he is not going to evolve into the player that we need him to be, then we surely can get some picks or major talent in return for him.
4. Trade kris Dunn. He is a defensive beast. However, he offers nothing offensively. Harrison is a defensive beast as well, and is way better offensively. Dunn shoots 25 percent from 3. Harrison shoots 38 percent from 3. We don't need two players who are basically the same, especially when one of them has the better offensive upside.
10. "RE: Sources: Bulls tab Nuggets GM Karnisovas To Lead Basketball Ops" In response to Reply # 0
The Bulls are hiring Pelicans executive JJ Polk as assistant general manager under head of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium .Karnisovas makes first hiring decision.
Obviously nothing is decided on the coaching front and Jim Boylen's future yet, but there's been a lot of smoke around Adrian Griffin and the Bulls today. One exec told me Griff is so ready that he's "over-qualified" for most coaching jobs.
OKC's Troy Weaver, Dallas' Michael Finley, Denver's Calvin Booth, OKC's Nazi Mohammed, and Orlando's Matt Lloyd are all in play for Bulls GM job, said a source. Booth might be the most ready - but hardest to get, while the source said Mohammed may end up being a gem.
18. "RE: explain please" In response to Reply # 17
>I genuinely don't know enough about this man to know whether >this was a token hire or not.
Exactly, who the fuck is he? Past Bulls management had a rep for being all white so they had to throw a black face in there but somebody that would just be happy to be there and not really do anything.
19. "RE: explain please" In response to Reply # 17
The bulls didn't interview or consider a person of color for their VP of basketball operations. They released a statement that they did have a few black executives in mind, but those individuals were not available for the position. However, they didn't release the names of those individuals, so we do know if that was really the case.
I have no idea who the new GM is, but according to his resume, he has been in the executive ring for quite some time. He was the executive of scouting for the Wizards, and then went on to become the executive of player personnel and assistance GM For the Sixers. He got his start in 2006, where he was hired by Colangelo to join the staff of the Toronto Raptors.
Based on his merits, he is qualified for the position. I don't think there will be any argument with that. He just appears to be a safe minority choice, who will simple fall in line.
20. "The other aspect is that his skills don't mirror AK." In response to Reply # 19
Karnisovas is about building a diverse team, diverse in thought. He's on record as saying he wants someone that brings something he can't.
Like y'all, I don't know much about dude. But you go so long with a front office that you don't trust, I kinda trust that AK knows what he wants at this point. I was banging the drum of change, well here it is.
Karnisovas on Eversley: "I will use a lot of his ideas. In many ways, his values are close to mine. We value inclusion of staff. We will emphasize transparency and communication. At end of day, we're both basketball junkies."
What being the first black GM in Bulls history means to Marc Eversley By Rob Schaefer May 01, 2020 5:20 PM
On Friday, Marc Eversley officially became the first black general manager in Bulls franchise history, a meaningful tentpole for both Eversley and the organization.
Eversley said he views that distinction as both an honor and responsibility.
“Being the first black general manager in Chicago Bulls history is an honor that I don’t take lightly. I think there’s tremendous responsibility that can go with that,” Eversley said in a sit-down with our K.C. Johnson. “There’s a lot of youth, both boys and girls in Chicago, who may look up to me someday. I’ll be able to share my story and hopefully that may trigger something in them that helps them along the way.
“I’m thrilled. I’m appreciative. But I understand there’s a responsibility that goes with that. I’m looking forward to getting to work.”
Within the Bulls’ building, that work will involve flipping the fortunes of an organization amid a rudderless rebuild that has culminated in wide-spanning front office turnover. In facing the challenges that come with that, Eversley plans to employ an intensive, players-first approach to organization building and development.
White Sox executive vice president Kenny Williams told our K.C. Johnson last month that Bulls president Michael Reinsdorf valued candidates with the ability to “relate with players from a basketball standpoint and a cultural standpoint” in filling out the front office. It’s why the Bulls now sit with two lead executives in Karnisovas and Eversley who are vaunted for their relationships across the basketball universe and player development acumen.
“It's our responsibility, (it) falls on our shoulders to seek diversity and divergence through the hiring process,” Karnisovas said. “The luxury that I have is many years being in our league and league office and being around the personnel to get to know personally. It was a great experience for me and I'm so glad we settled on Marc.”
Eversley also becomes the seventh black general manager in the NBA by accepting this post. He joins B.J. Armstrong, Randy Brown, Clarence Gaines Jr. and Billy McKinney as black executives in Bulls franchise history.
But, again, the milestone is about more than statistics to him. Eversely, both in a feature with ESPN’s The Undefeated and on his introductory conference call, emphasized that he sees his installation as a chance to make an impact off the court, and in the community he will soon reside.
“I'm in a leadership position now in a city with so many black youths, I see this as a great opportunity,” Eversley said on the conference call. “I think being visible is going to be important, I think being invested is going to be important. I think this position with the Bulls provides me with resources to help drive some change.”
If his decorated career — which has seen him ascend from Nike retail store manager to marketing executive, to well-regarded personnel executive with three different NBA franchises — is any indication, that change is coming and it will be positive.
The article basically says some players spoke very highly of Boylen, but some key players dogged him. Nothing new there. But this line here? This didn't surprise me:
"However, the Sun-Times has learned that things are staying vague for a reason. Ownership, as well as former vice president of basketball operations-turned-adviser John Paxson, would like Boylen back and have told the coach as much."
25. "RE: Depending on your feelings of Joe Cowley" In response to Reply # 24 Fri May-08-20 08:48 PM by allStah
Boylen is a substitute teacher, nothing more. We need player development ASAP. This lets me know that the bulls are not trying to change a damn thing. If they are perplexed on what they should do about Boylen, then we are screwed, because tougher decisions are going to be needed down the road.
And why is paxon chiming in?....He no longer has power to make decisions, and he should not be called upon for his opinion. I’ve seen the bulls shoot themselves out of games because Boylen refused to get points in the paint, and continued to instruct the bulls to shoot threes. A terrible three point shooting team being ordered to keep shooting.