The end of the GarPax era has finally given Bulls fans a glimmer of joy in these dark times. The writing was certainly on the walls for Gar Foreman since Artūras Karnišovas was named as the Bulls new Vice President of Basketball Operations, dethroning John Paxton.
Although every Chicago fan may know why this move means so much to the franchise, the casual fan might not be 100% clear on why John Paxton and Gar Foreman are so unbelievably hated in the Windy City. So, here are a few facts about their front office reign that could clear it up:
- They signed Jabari Parker to a $40M contract and then traded him half way through his first season
- They signed Zach LaVine to a 4-year/$78M contract
- They traded two 1st round picks to acquire Doug McDermott and Anthony Rudolf (Has started a total of 14 games in 6 years; plays for Real Madrid Basketball, respectively)
- Max Kellerman once asked Zach LaVine if he really thought the VP Paxson would be able to help him with talent so the Bulls could make a run the following year. Fans immediately began booing.
Not great. As for the new guy, Artūras Karnišovas seems to have a lot of talent displayed as the Nuggets GM. He’s a 6’8” monster, played for two Olympic basketball teams, went to play at Seton Hall, double majored while teaching himself English and has gained the respect of Rockets GM Daryl Morey who said, “I knew pretty early on when he came (to Houston) that he was going to run his own team someday…”
So congrats to Bulls fans everywhere, the GarPax era is finally dead. I get that the Artūras Karnišovas Era doesn’t quite roll off the tongue yet, but hopefully we’ll all be able to spell his name after Chicago’s next championship.