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Jerry Reinsdorf 'excited' about Bulls' hires of Arturas Karnisovas, Marc Eversley

Jerry Reinsdorf 'excited' about Bulls' hires of Arturas Karnisovas, Marc Eversley

Arturas Karnisovas is just the third head of basketball operations for the Bulls since chairman Jerry Reinsdorf led a group of investors to purchase the franchise in 1985.

New general manager Marc Eversley replaces longtime executive Gar Forman, who had a two-decade run under ownership known for stability.

“I’m excited about these guys,” Reinsdorf told NBC Sports Chicago. “In talking with Arturas and hearing what everyone else said about him, I was convinced we made the right decision. He’s not an egomaniac. He’s not shy. He seems balanced and basketball smart. That’s what I got out of the interview.”

Unlike Jerry Krause and John Paxson, Reinsdorf didn’t lead this search and interview process. His son, Michael, did.

At Karnisovas’ introductory teleconference last month, Michael, the team president and chief operating officer, detailed the final stage of the interview process. 

“At the end of the day, my Dad, Jerry, is still the boss. So we had to have that final interview with my dad, and we did that over video. And it was clear after that meeting that we had our new head of basketball operations,” Michael Reinsdorf said in April. “I think what my Dad said to me after the meeting when we reconvened was: 'I never thought you would find anyone as great as Arturas.' So I knew we were done, and that night we were able to negotiate a deal with Arturas.”

Elaborating on a sentiment first offered in his statement last month, Jerry Reinsdorf thanked Paxson, now a senior advisor, for his role in the transition. 

“John came to me and Michael and said we have to make a change, that we need to change generations,” Jerry Reinsdorf said. “Michael and John did the research, found people, interviewed them. At the end, I talked to Arturas. I didn’t have a big role, but I’m convinced we found a smart leader.”

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Jim Boylen updates and Bulls miss a chance with no second bubble

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Jim Boylen updates and Bulls miss a chance with no second bubble

Host Jason Goff is joined by Bulls insider K.C. Johnson, and Rob Schaefer as they provide updates on Jim Boylen's status with the Bulls now that the potential of a second NBA Bubble with the teams that didn't make the firstone is seemingly out. The crew discusses what not having a second bubble means for the Bulls and the new front office. Later on, they discuss the play of LeBron James and the Lakers and get into the injury of Ben Simmons and how that may shake up the Eastern Conference playoffs.

(1:10) - Reasons why the NBA and NBA Players aren't moving with a second bubble so far

(10:02) - Jim Boylen updates and what the Bulls new front office may be considering

(24:15) - Who has the brighter future, the Knicks or the Bulls?

(31:50) - What's wrong with the Lakers?

(38:30) - Sixers lose Ben Simmons indefinitely

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NBA, NBPA announce zero positive COVID-19 tests from inside Disney bubble

NBA, NBPA announce zero positive COVID-19 tests from inside Disney bubble

In the first round of testing announced since the NBA began playing official restart games on July 30, there's more good news.

Of the 343 players tested for COVID-19 since the last results were announced on July 29, there remains zero positive tests. This is the third round of testing results made public in a joint statement from the NBA and NBPA, whose strict safety protocols appear to be working. Teams have now been in the so-called "bubble" on the Disney World campus outside Florida for close to a month.

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The statement reiterated that if one positive test occurs, that player will be isolated until he meets all rules established by the two parties to resume play. The 22 teams on the Disney campus traveled with limited parties of 35 people. Players undergo daily testing.

The season is scheduled to conclude in October with the NBA Finals. Commissioner Adam Silver and Michele Roberts, executive director of the players association, long made it clear they badly wanted to crown a 2019-20 champion, even when Silver paused the league in mid-March after Rudy Gobert posted the first positive test. The league and NBPA have drawn rave reviews from around the sporting world for the execution of their plan to this point.

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