John Paxson insists Bulls just had a good week despite historic loss, drama
The Chicago Bulls are a circus right now, but John Paxson is insisting that the team had a positive week, despite a near mutiny against the head coach and a 56-point loss to the Boston Celtics. Paxson told K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:
“People on the outside may not believe this but it’s been a positive week. If guys don’t want to buy in, it’s my job and Gar’s job to figure that out.”
I’m sorry, what? Nothing about Chicago has been positive in the last week. The Bulls have lost 13 of their last 15 games and are reeling after firing head coach Fred Hoiberg. Jim Boylen took over for Hoiberg, and his players immediately turned on him when he scheduled practice following back-to-back games.
Chicago is in last place in the Eastern Conference with a disappointing record of 6-22. This was a rebuilding season from the start, but the Bulls didn’t expect things to be this bad. The hope was that they could compete and watch their young players grow. Thus far, the season has been defined by chaos, not growth.
No one in Chicago looks good right now. Not the players, not the coaching staff, but more than anyone, not John Paxson and Gar Forman. Everything starts with the Bulls’ front office here. They were the ones who brought in the players and hired the coaches.
Paxson and Forman should take a long look in the mirror before blaming anyone else.