Lately, I’ve been thinking of the grim and unfair reality, that while the world goes through quite a bit of change, the day-to-day lives of those fortunate enough to avoid the virus change precious little.
Same sweatpants today. Same lunch tomorrow. Same spot on the couch Monday. Same walk around the block Wednesday.
When we’re not dealing with the hardships of illness, unemployment, or whatever else, we’re stuck reliving the same lazy, dismal days together. And frankly, that applies to the current state of the Chicago Bulls front office: How will the league’s hiatus impact the front office shakeup we’ve been told to expect? Could all this change for the NBA and the world result in no changes for the Bulls?
With almost everyone locked inside and the future of the 2019-2020 season in question, I have to imagine it’s difficult to interview potential candidates. In addition, getting up and leaving an organization right now is likely the last thing on most executives’ minds — yet these already experienced, in-house front office folks are exactly the names the Bulls are likely targeting.
Ultimately, what I think I’m most worried about – from a purely basketball perspective – is watching the Bulls turn this legitimately awful reality into the next excuse for inaction on the organizational front – however justified. I understand the complexities of this situation and the difference between real-life problems and hoping the Bulls finally turn over the front office, but we have to be able to have this conversation. Regardless of circumstance, the Reinsdorfs must use this hiatus to their advantage, especially when it comes to defining a clear future, no matter how complicated that might be.
Fortunately, according to NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson, there is no stopping the change that’s on the horizon.
Here’s what the Bulls Insider had to say on 670 The Score’s Mully & Haugh Show:
“The wheels were in motion enough not for there not to be change. How it gets done now is the point I was trying to make, it’s just different now. Michael has been doing his due diligence, he been seeking input from a wide variety of candidates and a wide variety of people … it’s just another hurdle now … I do believe whenever the 2020-21 season begins, it’ll feature a revamped Bulls front office and overhauled scouting department.”
As of now, despite our gut reactions and trained expectations, we have no reason to believe the Bulls will not move forward with the rumored and reported changes.
The reality is when the NBA starts up again and life is (kind of) back to normal, the Bulls will still be in the same hole they dug themselves. For those of us who were ever skeptical of the idea of a front office overhaul to begin with, this vote of confidence from Johnson should help folks realize the previously reported chatter is legitimate. The Bulls want to make a change, and they’re going to make it.
We still have plenty of reason to be skeptical, particularly in regards to how much power these new hires will have. However, for now, as long as I know this organization is still on track to hire a load of new faces, I’m okay.