Updated, Thursday, 12:35 a.m.: The Bulls are finalizing a deal to hire Nuggets GM Arturas Karnisovas as their Executive VP of Basketball Operations, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Sixers fans, grasping at any semblance of basketball news, received a cruise ship-sized life line on Wednesday.
The Athletic's Shams Charania reported the Bulls have interviewed former 76ers president Bryan Colangelo for their top basketball ops position:
The Bulls interviewed former 76ers president Bryan Colangelo for top basketball operations position, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Colangelo also has been lead executive in Toronto and Phoenix.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 8, 2020
This is, of course, kind of a mind-boggling decision from the Bulls, considering the way Colangelo's bumpy tenure in Philly ended.
You know, Burner-gate. Remember that insanity? Remember when the active general manager of the 76ers was linked to Twitter accounts actively disparaging his own players? That really happened!
Statement from 76ers Managing Partner Josh Harris: pic.twitter.com/eCmz42FD7P— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) June 7, 2018
And yet, despite the public unraveling of his time with the Sixers, and the unsavory nature of his resignation, the Bulls somehow deemed Colangelo worthy of an interview for this position as they try to kickstart their floundering franchise.
Sixers fans couldn't believe it:
OMG! Have they been living under a rock for the last 3 years? https://t.co/oziSqYJzR2— Eric Chesterton (@CF_Larue) April 8, 2020
NO WAY— Kevin Rice (@TheKevinRice) April 8, 2020
Did the Bulls miss burner gate? https://t.co/jcMVfo6fI7— Tom Ignudo (@TomIgnudo) April 8, 2020
Some laughed, and laughed, and laughed:
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHJAHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA— adam aaronson (@SixersAdam) April 8, 2020
Some encouraged the insanity, because there's nothing Sixers fans love more than watching a tire fire form in real time:
YESSSSSSSSS https://t.co/7wpjdqZJYg— Brian Coulter (@PhilaBCoulter) April 8, 2020
a real gm— CK (@cranekicker) April 8, 2020
And then, of course, Sixers Twitter came with the jokes, because they are ruthless and unceasing:
Odds for the medical info of a player that Bryan Colangelo leaks first— Drew (@_DrewWheeler) April 8, 2020
-110 Lauri Markkanen
+200 Zach LaVine
+450 Coby White
+700 Wendell Carter Jr.
+1300 Kris Dunn
+5000 Ryan Arcidiacono https://t.co/pwA61WfkBW
Bryan Colangelo and the burners on their way to Chicago to ruin another franchise pic.twitter.com/niUnfv89jf— Chartisse (@SnowmanEmbiid) April 8, 2020
Look forward to his wife tweeting out the Zoom meeting in full. https://t.co/PKQU8wppBZ— John Barchard (@JohnBarchard) April 8, 2020
BC settling in for a life of being the guy you interview to make your real hire look more palatable.— Matt Carey (@RealMattCarey) April 8, 2020
this is the only thing that could bring the country together https://t.co/ykkfPPBL2J— Michael Levin (@Michael_Levin) April 8, 2020
Colangelo actually landing the job is, admittedly, probably a long shot. But the fact that he could even garner an interview at this point in his career, and after his last stop, is both hilarious and confounding.
And Sixers fans are here for it, entirely.
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