Who else just has those random moments throughout the day where they’re like: “What the absolute #$%& is going on right now?”
I’ll be working, and then suddenly my brain remembers that the world is kind of falling apart and the best way we can help is to sit on our couch and binge Netflix? Like what?
Anyway, back to work.
- As the NBA sits in limbo, and I make a permanent indent on my couch, the Chicago Bulls front office situation becomes all the more interesting. The longer we are all in self-isolation-mode, the more time we can spend thinking about what the organization’s future staff might look like. Lately, I feel like a teenage girl in a 90s RomCom journaling about that Sam Presti kid from gym class. He’s so cool, and during class today, he even helped me reconstruct my roster. So dreamy!
- One of many bummers about this downtime, however, is that we’ll likely receive precious few updates on what’s actually going on behind-the-scenes. With fewer media members around the team, there will likely be less pressure on the Reinsdorfs to disclose information (and arguably less pressure and flexibility to move as quickly as they were). Still, yesterday we received an update on the current state of the organization, and according to the Sun-Times, Gar Forman’s days are finally numbered.
Gar Forman’s Time with the Chicago Bulls Is “All But Done”https://t.co/e5W6ywuXcW
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) March 18, 2020
- Forman’s reputation with Jerry Reinsdorf was hit harder than a Javy Baez baseball this season. Already in the dog house for a number of reasons, his lack of real effort combined with a brash attitude has – reportedly – put the final nail in the coffin. Notice how reportedly is bolded? Yeah, well that’s because in K.C. Johnson’s latest mailbag this morning, he said Forman is still likely to be offered a scouting role in the near future: “He’s valued internally for his scouting and likely will be asked to stay on in that role if he chooses.”
Bulls mailbag time: https://t.co/GWKCMI8V2F
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) March 19, 2020
- Uhhh, yeah that pretty much directly contradicts what the Sun-Times reported yesterday. Now, of course, it’s possible that some updated information has been sent one way and not the other, but Johnson is reporting the same story we’ve heard for the past couple of months. John Paxson and Gar Forman are still thought to be respected behind closed doors, and Johnson seems to believe both will be around under the new regime. At this point, I’m not sure what to believe. And, as I’ve stated before, I don’t put this on any of the reporters. They’re just doing their job as I’m doing mine … which is writing about how utterly confused I am. I put all the blame on the Reinsdorfs, who I truly believe know they have to do something but have no idea what that something is. Whatever. At the end of the day, all that matters right now is that the one consistent report is change will come.
- Last night, NBC Sports Chicago aired Game 1 of the Bulls vs. Heat 1996 Eastern Conference First Round, and it was exactly what we needed. Not only did we get to watch a full sports broadcast (it’s been only one week and one day, yet it feels like 8 years), but we got to watch GOOD Chicago basketball! Over the next month, the network will re-air 14 more classic games, so if you’re sitting at home (which you should be), I’d recommend you tune in! Find the schedule here.
- Also, it’s incredibly interesting to compare 1996 basketball to 2020 basketball.
Watching the old Bulls has me looking at some numbers, and this current trashbag of a
Bulls offense had just a very slightly worse ORtg than the 1997-98 team, which ranked No. 8. Always crazy to see how much the game has changed.
— Jason Patt (@Bulls_Jay) March 19, 2020
- The midrange game was all the rage, and the Bulls only shot 3-17 from 3-point range in a 102-85 victory. Also, something I kind of found hilarious, Steve Kerr’s career-high in FTA’s was six!?
Steve Kerr set a career playoff high with 6 free throws in this game. He would tie it in game 2. #BullsRewind
— Jeff Mangurten (@JeffGurt) March 19, 2020
- Let’s all give Benny a round of applause for his weight-loss journey. It couldn’t have been easy.
This is what happens when you stop eating popcorn and start throwing it https://t.co/qGywIaBzi0
— Benny (@bennythebull) March 19, 2020
- On Sunday ESPN 2 is turning into ESPN8, so for those of you longing for cherry pit spitting, your prays have been answered.
When you needed it most…ESPN8: The Ocho returns!
Featuring a full 24-hour slate of seldom seen sports
Sunday | ALL DAY | ESPN2
— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) March 19, 2020