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Bulls to begin search for front office executive, to start before play resumes

Bulls to begin search for front office executive, to start before play resumes

In a planned front-office overhaul that NBC Sports Chicago and other outlets have previously reported, the Bulls will begin their formal search for a new lead basketball executive next week, sources confirmed. That timeline was first reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. 

Bulls president and chief operating officer Michael Reinsdorf, who has been performing due diligence on a wide variety of candidates, initially plans to ask for permission to interview Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas, Raptors general manager Bobby Webster, Pacers’ general manager Chad Buchanan and Heat assistant general manager Adam Simon, a source said. The organization wants the lead executive hire completed before the NBA season resumes, a source confirmed. 

Whoever the Bulls hire will have full autonomy for basketball operations and will play a role in how the front office is structured, a source said. Ensuing hires and how the scouting department is shaped will in part be determined by the hire to lead basketball operations.

Similarly, Jim Boylen’s future will be determined by this new hire, a source said. Boylen has support from Reinsdorf and executive vice president John Paxson, who is expected to remain with the organization in an advisory role.

As has been previously reported, Reinsdorf is hopeful the new head of basketball operations is open-minded on Boylen but that a desire to hire his own coach wouldn’t be a dealbreaker.

Michael and Jerry Reinsdorf will begin interviews electronically next week, a source said. As the process unfolds, other targets and interviews could emerge. Ownership isn't expected to follow the recent trend of hiring an executive with any ties to player agency, which would rule out respected Jazz executive Justin Zanik.

Reinsdorf’s original timeline to begin overhauling the front office, which also will feature changes to the scouting department, was the end of the regular season. With the NBA on hiatus since March 11 because of the COVID-19 virus, Reinsdorf originally held off beginning the formal interview process out of respect to the unprecedented nature of the situation.

The big-money scenarios of wooing Thunder vice president and general manager Sam Presti or Raptors president Masai Ujiri, both of whom are under contact, won’t happen, a source said.

Though Michael Reinsdorf has been handling the search on his own to this point, Paxson has been a driving force behind the scenes on the need for change and a more modern front office. Paxson, whom Jerry Reinsdorf hired in April 2003 to replace Jerry Krause, has told ownership he will remain in whatever role the new hire wants to help the organization.

General manager Gar Forman, promoted to his spot in 2009, has largely been relegated to a scouting role. He is valued internally for that skill and ownership likely will offer him an opportunity to remain in that role. However, the new hire to head basketball operations also would have to sign off on this.

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: NBA, NHL seem close to return, MLB lurks in distance

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: NBA, NHL seem close to return, MLB lurks in distance

Laurence Holmes, David Haugh and Jay Cohen join Kap on a Memorial Day edition of SportsTalk Live.

0:00 - It looks like we’re getting closer to the return of team sports. The NBA is in talks to resume its season at Disney World, while the NHLPA approved a 24-team playoff format.

5:00 - MLB and the players continue to negotiate their restart plan.

13:00 - Sam Smith tells a San Francisco radio station the Michael Jordan lied in “The Last Dance” when he said he would have considered returning.

20:00 - The guys share their favorite non-title clinching moments in Chicago sports history.

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Top 'Last Dance' moments to get you through first Sunday without Michael Jordan

Top 'Last Dance' moments to get you through first Sunday without Michael Jordan

So you’re sitting around Sunday night, missing “The Last Dance.” We get it, we wish it was still on too.

To help us all get through this first week without it, we’ve compiled some of our favorite “Last Dance” stories so that we can remember the good times together.

Whether it’s your first time seeing some of these, or just a fun look back, we hope you enjoy.

Recounting the best quotes from “The Last Dance”

We’ve got Jordan, we’ve got Kobe Bryant, we’ve got Dennis Rodman-- and yes we’ve even got some Carmen Electra for you.

Michael Jordan jamming to different songs takes over Twitter

If there was one thing more fun than simply watching “The Last Dance,” it was talking with your friends and family about “The Last Dance.” Some of the after-show interviews with athletes, coaches and pundits added incredible insight. And sometimes a memelord would create something so fun that you couldn’t help but watch and laugh. This is one of those latter moments.

Rod Thorn: Michael Jordan didn’t ask for Isiah Thomas to be left off Dream Team

One of the biggest beefs in basketball has a light shined on it. But after all this time, there are still conflicting reports as to what happened back in 1992.

Did Utah pizza give Michael Jordan food poisoning and was it intentional?

The “flu game” is one of the most iconic performances in Michael Jordan’s career, but now we’ve learned it wasn’t the “flu game” at all! Certainly one of the most intriguing new wrinkles out of all the details we learned across the series.

Scottie Pippen on Jerry Krause: ‘The greatest general manager in the game’

The beef between Pippen and Krause was well documented, especially early in the series. But by the end even Pippen had to give it up for Krause.

Why Scott Burrell appreciated Michael Jordan's harsh leadership style

Arguably the most emotional moment we saw during Jordan’s interviews was when he described his leadership style with his teammates. It’s clear Jordan pushed the Bulls very hard, and it’s easy to see how it could rub some people the wrong way. But not Scott Burrell.

How Bulls helped Scottie Pippen earn millions more on way out of Chicago

After one early episode of “The Last Dance,” many people on social media were incredulous that Pippen’s long-term contract was never renegotiated considering his important contributions to the team. However our K.C. Johnson set the record straight for how the Bulls made things right with Pippen when he was on his way out of town.

Why running it back would not have yielded the Bulls a seventh title in 1998-99

To finish this post off, we’re going back to K.C. Johnson who tells us why the 1998 title would’ve been the last for the Bulls dynasty, no matter if Jordan, Jackson and co. returned, or not.

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