I’m on a quest to find the supreme pancake combination.
I’d say blueberry and chocolate (mixed into the batter!) is currently at the top of the list. However, we have a long way to go. If you have recommendations, let me know!
• Although they’re finally out of the picture, the GarPax regime left behind quite an image problem for the Chicago Bulls, which Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley will have the pleasure of cleaning up. And while the organization already looks better in most NBA circles with two fresh front-office faces, they have a long way to go before it’s ever again considered among the more “respected” teams in the league. Production on the court with ultimately be the deciding factor, but at least the two new leaders are already hitting all the right notes through their first couple of weeks on the job. With such a young roster and unstable front office environment, the spoken devotion to player development and extensive internal evaluation is the perfect approach.
• In fact, this is why we shouldn’t be too pissed that Jim Boylen has yet to be fired. While we all wanted Boyen (well, the head coach version of him) shot into the sun the moment Karnisovas arrived, Bleacher Report’s Sean Highkin helped point out why the Bulls’ patient approach should be viewed as a positive.
Re: Bulls/Boylen, in light of previous coaching debacles (firing Skiles on Christmas Eve, the Thibs press release), doing him the respect of waiting until they can meet in person is smart for new FO to project they do things “the right way” even if there’s 0 chance they keep him.
— Sean Highkin (@highkin) May 5, 2020
• I nodded my head vigorously as I read this tweet. Karnisovas and Eversley are in Chicago to upgrade this organization from a Sega Genesis to an Xbox One X. Not only should the games be way better, but the operating system itself should be more powerful. And like most modern tech (I’m assuming), the infrastructure must be made up of more and more complex moving pieces than ever before. The Bulls have traditionally rolled with what was effectively the smallest front office in the NBA for years, and now it’s time for an upgrade (new people and better, more systematic procedures).
• The Bulls aren’t hurting themselves by waiting to fire Boylen. Instead, they’re establishing a better image by proving (as Highkin states) they’ll do things “the right way” no matter the situation. For a Bulls organization that previously relied on in-house hiring and limited coaching searches, this approach – in general – should feel like a breath of fresh air. From the start, Karnisovas and Eversley are making a clear effort to show everyone they’re here to run a diligent operation.
• Since Karnisovas and Eversley are obviously huge BN Bulls fans, I’ll use this bullet to steer them in the direction of Jon Greenberg’s most recent column for The Athletic. It’s a great read with some smart advice about how to get on Chicago’s good side.
• Everyone is making good points today! CBS Sports’ Jasmyn Wimbish wrote about why the Michael Jordan allure will never be experienced again.
• BIG BOARD!!!! Considering we’re in store for quite the odd draft, it can’t hurt to start familiarizing yourself with the talent pool.
• Good to hear!
Sources: The NBA and its players are supporting a Mayo Clinic study for antibodies using serology testing (blood draw) to better understand prevalence of coronavirus among players and staff and promote long-term efforts to develop vaccine.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 5, 2020
• How can you talk trash to someone when you’re literally wearing their clothes? lol
• Don’t tell Brett, but I’ll be doing this for the rest of the day (watch until the end):
Quarantine day 99:
Wait for it. I miss hoops… pic.twitter.com/karuDak4Qd
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) May 5, 2020
• My friends got a new pod up, so check it out!