This Reinsdorf interview should've gotten me more fired up than it actually did. It was so much bullshit, with degrees varying between retroactive reasoning to outright lying. Or exposing his subordinates statements as outright lies. And maybe this is the intentionally skillful work of the Chairman, but as a result I don't even want to go through and point it all out specifically.
But to generalize, the interview itself was a nice microcosm of the trouble with the Bulls' leadership structure. Reinsdorf says he leaves the evaluations ultimately to Paxson and Forman when pressed on "The novice" coach (Vinny Del Novice? Eh, we'll work something out on that quote...) , but was all too happy to give his evaluations of the roster, culminating in a bizarre (or spiteful if you believe a more sinister motive) slagging of the departed Ben Gordon.
And I think that's the issue with his ownership style, he claims to let the basketball people do the work, but then picks and chooses when to meddle in the team-building, whether it be who to give contract extensions to, or the coaching search, or (reportedly) being the main driver behind the Ben Wallace acquisition. It's like Reinsdorf wants it both ways: the credit for the financial might of the team, yet he can also meddle in personnel and other aspects that his basketball people should be solely in charge of. If he's going to be so stingy on the tax, let the basketball people (and cap wizards) handle everything. If you want to play along, be a wacky spender like Jerry Buss or Mark Cuban to 'own your mistakes' (as 'dorf put it), spending your way out of them if necessary.
Instead we get this mess where every situation has varying degrees of ownership involvement, just like every answer given in the interview was a varying degree of spin. And it's impossible to go after specifics when correlating his answers to the actual actions of the team, since we have no idea how deep his hands are in each situation.
It's not as if he's the worst owner in the game, on a Heisley or Sterling level. But the especially 'cheap' owners are at least easy to figure out. Reinsdorf has bankrolled some high-payroll teams, but seems extremely cautious to go the extra step, and worse yet, the steps he does take are sourced by confounding reasoning (that we mostly have to guess). Unfortunately I doubt there's much of a pattern in his involvement at all, and thus why what the Bulls do seems to have no general direction.
I'll move on eventually to how the 2009-10 season of water-treading needs to work...but this is a cloud looming over everything, and the worst part is it's nearly impossible to figure out.