Chicago Bulls: Michael Reinsdorf shows misguided optimism – Pippen Ain’t Easy

(Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images) Although Michael Reinsdorf tried to make the front office situation for the Chicago Bulls seem rosy, there is a lot of work to do this summer.It appears that the ownership for the Chicago Bulls, the Reinsdorf family, is keeping their hopes alive that the current front office regime is the answer for this franchise’s rebuild. Entering the third year of the rebuild for the Bulls, John Paxson and Gar Forman need to have a clear direction in mind for where this franchise is headed. For now, Michael Reinsdorf is keeping his faith in GarPax through the 2019 NBA Draft.In an interview with Mully and Hugh of 670 The Score, Michael Reinsdorf made his feelings known about the current Chicago Bulls personnel in the front office and how they’re doing thus far.Here’s what Michael Reinsdorf had to say ahead of the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery set for Tuesday night, May 14:“I feel like we have a great opportunity with this year’s draft to add another player and I don’t think it’s unreasonable to think we can jump from where we were this year to a much better record,” Reinsdorf said. “I really think we’re set up. … I don’t claim that next year we’re going to be a championship caliber team, but I think you’re going to see the next step next year and a big jump.”Reinsdorf also stated in this radio interview that he could see the Chicago Bulls taking a “big jump” next season under the direction of GarPax.It’s hard to see how the Bulls are going to take big strides next season with just $19 million, unless this team gets very lucky in the lottery or does well in the trade market. The Bulls were so far out of playoff contention this season that the jump would have to be massive.Finding belief in the front office can be a good sign from ownership. Sometimes, it seems better that the ownership is behind the management instead of having complete confusion and dysfunction like that of the Los Angeles Lakers this off-season.However, if the Bulls continue to flounder under GarPax we can’t ignore this problem anymore. There was an extreme lack of moves to bring this rebuild to where it needs to be of late and the patience with the fan base seems to be running thin.Reinsdorf also mentioned the faith that he holds in Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylen after he received a three-year contract extension this off-season. Boylen should get at least one more year in the Windy City before his fate was sealed as a failure as a head coaching attempt by the Bulls.The trio that is Paxson, Forman, and Boylen seems to be who the Reinsdorf family wants to go with in the long-term. This is not the only professional sports franchise that the Reinsdorf family is attempting to rebuild either. The Chicago White Sox are in a similar position to the Bulls right now.
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