Source: Bulls executive John Paxson willing to step down from franchise
Source tells Sun-Times on Tuesday that Paxson has let the Reinsdorfs know that if they and the new-look front office want him out of the picture all together, he’s ready to leave.
John Paxson isn’t just trying to play good soldier and say the right thing. The Bulls’ vice president of basketball operations isn’t wired that way.
A source told the Sun-Times on Tuesday that not only is Paxson all for stepping aside from his position and acting more as an adviser to the Reinsdorf family when the front-office restructure is finalized, but would completely step down from the organization if the Reinsdorfs and the new-look executive group deemed it better for the rebuild to continue.
The source insisted that Paxson was ready for either scenario, wanting what was best for the franchise.
Paxson’s patience has been pushed to the limit the last few seasons, especially when it comes to the perception by outsiders of the job he has done.
That was evident three years ago, when he made it a point throughout the organization and with beat writers that he had grown tired of the “Gar-Pax’’ umbrella he was lumped under with general manager Gar Forman, instead asking for Forman’s name and title to be separate from his.
He’s also had several disputes with media members — some public and on sports talks shows, and some behind closed doors — especially when it has come to instances when he felt he was being judged unfairly.
This season, however, Paxson has been as upbeat and friendly as he has been in the last decade, maybe knowing that a major change was coming.
Then again, he took over an executive seat in April 2003, making the jump from championship player to broadcaster, to then becoming the general manager, so has put some serious sleepless nights into this.
Paxson should be credited to getting the Bulls out of a really bad spot, adding the likes of Luol Deng and Joakim Noah, and then was obviously in a seat of power when the Bulls hit lottery gold, landing the No. 1 pick in Derrick Rose, despite a 1.7 percent probability.
Since Rose’s knees started betraying him, however, Paxson has been trying to capture what the Bulls once were, but with no championship success. Lately, way more failure than anything close to success.
But with all of that, as well as Paxson willing to do whatever is asked of him, it comes down to what the chairman wants. Jerry Reinsdorf’s loyalty is unprecedented in professional sports.
If Jerry Reinsdorf wants Paxson to stay – in some capacity – no matter who the new hire, or hires are, they will have to agree with that, no questions asked.
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