Welcome to the new era of Bulls basketball!
We have optimism over here. Some hope around the corner. And help yourself to as much positivity as you’d like.
The hiring of Arturas Karnisovas as new executive vice president of basketball operations has jump-started a celebration for Bulls fans everywhere. A fresh start is long overdue, and the Bulls organization is receiving praise across NBA circles for their decision to finally overhaul the front office.
With so much going on, let’s take a look at some of the recent, Day 1 reactions!
- Chicago born and raised – Patrick Beverley knows what’s up.
Very Good for the city!!! https://t.co/fU3XlBKVNX
— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) April 9, 2020
- Over All-Star Weekend, I attended a small live taping of The Woj Pod in Chicago, and Patrick Beverley joined Adrian Wojnarowski to talk about the current state of the NBA as well as growing up as a Chicago baller. Of course, the conversation veered into a brief tangent about the Bulls, and, let’s just say, I don’t recall Beverley having the highest remarks for the organization. Of course, he wasn’t going to just lay into them, but I think it’s more about what he didn’t say than what did come out of his mouth that spoke volumes about the team’s league-wide perception. So ultimately, I’m glad to see a native Chicago player rally behind the hire. And, hey, if this is any indication that NBA players view this as a strong move … all the better! They’ll have to recruit at some point, right?
- Karnisovas worked alongside Daryl Morey, one of the NBA’s most innovative minds, during his time with the Houston Rockets. The GM had only kind words to share with NBC Sports about the hire.
Rockets GM Daryl Morey, who hired Arturas Karnisovas as international scout, told @tomhaberstroh this: “Arturas is one of the best executives in the NBA. I’m so happy he is getting this opportunity. He was instrumental in our success. I’m also thrilled he’s in the East now!”
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) April 9, 2020
- When it comes to modernizing an NBA front office, Morey is the cream of the crop. He is an analytics guru (the guy literally created the true-shooting statistic) who has an eye for talent and is arguably one of the most respected executives across the entire sports industry. With that in mind, getting the stamp of approval from Morey is no small feat.
- Karnisovas is as connected as they come. A former European basketball star and a long-time NBA executive, it feels rare if/when a member of the professional basketball community hasn’t had a run-in with him at some point or another. Earlier today, former Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau hopped on ESPN 1000 to speak with David Kaplan about the Bulls new front office face, and even he couldn’t help but love the guy after the two met: “I had the opportunity to work with Arturas with team USA, and I didn’t really know him prior to that, but once I got to know him, I had tremendous respect for him. I think it’s a great hire for the Bulls.” Thibodeau also didn’t fail to mention Karnisovas’ experience in top-front-office environments in the past, a trait he seems to believe will come in massive handy when restructuring and growing the Bulls current front office.
- Thumbs up!
Reached out to a current NBA GM. Asked if #Bulls made the right move hiring Karnisovas?
Got a simple reply: “👍🏽”
— Laurence Holmes (@LaurenceWHolmes) April 9, 2020
- More thumbs up!
A funny story about new Bulls exec Artūras Karnisovas: I spoke w/ Jared Jeffries who spent 4 years in Denver’s front office w/him.
Jeffries said they used to work out to EDM music. Yes, EDM.
“He loves (DJs) Armin van Buuren, Kaskade and Calvin Harris.” https://t.co/g1R0v4d0st
— Mike Singer (@msinger) April 9, 2020
- You’re darn right they got a good one!
Arturas Karnisovas is a great hire by the Bulls. Karnisovas is highly respected in the basketball world after playing overseas for many years, then working in the NBA office before going to the team side. He’s got a stoic personality, and he’s insightful. Chicago got a good one.
— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) April 9, 2020
- If you’re every questioning his credibility or league-wide interest, he has gotten his fair share of looks for big-time positions in the past.
Karnisovas has been one of the most sought after executive candidates for years, interviewing w/ the Nets, Bucks and Sixers to lure him away from Denver.
The Bulls were able to do it. https://t.co/Mug5zSUQvE
— Jamal Collier (@JamalCollier) April 9, 2020
- And while he was “technically” the No. 2 in Denver, Karnisovas was heavily involved in all of the decision-making that turned the Nuggets franchise into a legitimate contender.
To add some context to this, Tim Connelly has said multiple times that everyone is involved in the decision-making process and Connelly also gives Arturas Karnisovas a lot of credit for helping get Denver to where they are now.
Karnisovas has his fingerprints on everything. https://t.co/EDHGpCUM4h
— T.J. McBride (@TJMcBrideNBA) April 9, 2020
- Great and quick thread about Karnisovas working his magic!
Since Arturas Karnisovas joined the Nuggets in 2013, the organization has:
– Drafted (and retained) Nikola Jokic at No. 41
– Turned Anthony Randolph and the rights to Doug McDermott into Gary Harris, Jusuf Nurkic
– Hit on Jamal Murray (retained) and MPJ in lottery
— Rob Schaefer (@rob_schaef) April 9, 2020