Is it getting hot in here or is it just Gar Forman?
According to a report by the Chicago Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley, the Bulls embarrassing start to the season has turned all eyes toward the General Manager.
Under the category of believe it or not, sources have indicated that board chairman Jerry Reinsdorf is obviously pissed about Year 3 of the rebuild, and is set to turn up the heat on Gar Forman's GM seat.
— Sun-Times Basketball (@suntimes_hoops) November 26, 2019
Whether you believe it or not, Cowley reports that Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf could be reaching a boiling point with the team’s 6-12 start (same here, buddy), and Forman’s job is in jeopardy.
And apparently, Forman has been on the organization’s naughty list for quite some time. Among several cited issues, the hiring of Fred Hoiberg immediately made Senior Advisor Doug Collins question the General Manager, and the events that followed only damaged his reputation further. Cowley shares that even just this past week when past players were in attendance to celebrate Luol Deng’s retirement, Forman was “aloof,” doing his embattled reputation among the players no favors.
While some would like to believe this news alludes to a full cleaning of the house, that doesn’t seem to be the case. The story states that Jim Boylen and John Paxon will not be going anywhere anytime soon. Paxson, in particular, is considered “untouchable” while Boylen’s said to still hold the full trust of this front office.
Now, if Forman were finally canned after a decade with the Bulls, it’s quite possible a new GM would want a new head coach, so that’s certainly something to keep in mind. But for now, his job appears safe.
Nevertheless, for an organization that has continued to be stubborn when it comes to making a change at the very top, this feels like a very telling message. Firings like this always come with warning signs, and this might be our first signal.
I guess that’s what happens when you fail to live up to expectations – both statistical and subjective …
The Bulls’ (Once-Solid) Playoff Odds Have Been in Free Fall Since the Start of the Season (Gasp!)https://t.co/k9lXPIBOl4
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) November 26, 2019