Reason No. 1: GarPax
Really, I could just end this article here. The long, strange journey of executives Gar Forman and John Paxson has become a nightmare with no end in sight. Despite misstep after misstep, they continue to be employed by the Bulls.
I could write thousands of words about the pathetic history of these two running the front office. There was the time Paxson literally choked his head coach, the time the team traded up in the draft to select Doug McDermott, or their complete failure to tank correctly last season.
That’s just scratching the surface of all the bad moves made by this front office. To cut Forman a bit of slack, he’s only been with the team since 2009. So that exempts him from being blamed for mistakes like trading LaMarcus Aldridge during the 2006 draft.
Paxson has been with this team in the front office for 16 years. Think about that. In that time, the team has won exactly zero Eastern Conference Finals or NBA Championships.
Almost no one could experience that sort of lack of success in their job and remain employed. Especially when it comes to making player personnel decisions in professional sports.
But yet, here we are. GarPax will continue to run this team with little to no direction. It seems like just yesterday that they were speaking of their grand plan to tank for a top pick and then rebuild the team into a contender.
Now, the Bulls need to tank again to have any shot at getting a good player. And after this trade for Porter, it may be more difficult for that to happen.