My initial reaction to today's interesting and a bit weird Bulls presser (words that describe much of what the Bulls do, it seems) focused on the big-picture significance of a franchise still not clear in it's hierarchy. At least not made clear to outside observers, which matters less relative to how far outside such observers are (we're pretty far out there, here), but still disappointing to watch unfurl.
Basically, Paxson's words make most of what Gar said now seem suspicious in retrospect, since we still don't know who's in charge. Especially Pax's words about not being able to override Gar. Do we really believe that the Executive VP of Basketball Operations can't overrule someone under him? It was a bad decision to have the 'sorry for the push' press conference take place right after the 'coach firing' press conference.
But that's been covered in the earlier post, and it's a dynamic that will be interpreted (fruitlessly, perhaps) many times over when discussing the moves made in this very important offseason. There were a lot of other juicy morsels of information from today's press conference, possibility of outright lies notwithstanding:
- Vinny was a good coach, really he was great, but we needed a different coach. I get the need for everyone to play nice, but I think Gar did overplay selling of VDN the coach, as it laid out conflicting goals and actions. For instance, Gar would simultaneously say that the Bulls needed a coaching change to improve, yet also say they also improved under VDN (and Pax with the worse 'he didn't fail, and we didn't fail'). I actually do understand what he means by that, but there was little reason to pump up VDN instead of emphasizing that no matter Vinny's results, you're holding this job to a higher standard. Giving VDN a platform to express his thanks for the paid internship was unnecessary as well.