It came out that the Chicago Bulls were making a major front-office chance on Wednesday night which should spark a major culture change for this team.
The Chicago Bulls have turned into a mess over the last handful of years. Obviously, we remember the great days of the Michael Jordan era followed by the Derrick Rose era a little bit later. Since those fun times, they have become one of the worst running teams in the NBA. Gar Forman and John Paxson have done a terrible job of running the team but it appears they are finally taking a step back.
Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Twitter Wednesday night, that the Bulls have come to a deal with Denver Nuggets GM Arturas Karnisovas. He is going to become the new Executive VP of Basketball operations. It is, according to Wojnarowski, his job to reshape the front office which includes hiring a new general manager.
The Nuggets have become a really good contender in the NBA’s Western Conference under Karnisovas. He did a great job there which is why the Bulls went after him. According to Woj on Twitter, the Bulls offered him the job early in the evening and then he worked on the deal with them through the night to leave Denver and come to Chicago.
All of this could mean one major thing for Chicago. A big culture change is on the way. The Bulls put GarPax on the backburner to deal with other things while giving Karnisovas the keys to the basketball operations. He is a big name that has had success in another place where it should be much less easy to have success in. This team could go from the stink that it has been laying in for the past two years to some very good times ahead.
You would think that the first thing on his mind beyond hiring a general manager would be to get a new coach. Jim Boylen has been pretty awful in his short tenure with the team but it probably wasn’t short enough. This team needs a lot of great changes before it becomes a contender but this is a great step in the right direction.
If the culture truly does change, you never know how it changes everything. Everyone seems to want Anthony Davis to come home to Chicago with the Bulls and bring them back to relevancy. Well, you never know how things work out for him with the Los Angeles Lakers but anything is possible. There is no doubt that a move like that would definitely feed into this potential culture change.
The Bulls saw things get bad. When the NBA suspended their season they were 22-43. That is good for 11th place in the Eastern Conference and eight games behind the Orlando Magic for the final playoff position. The United Center was half empty on most nights and people were starting to get disinterested. This is a move that could lure some people back into rooting for this team. A winning Chicago Bulls team would be great for the city.