The Chicago Bulls should get ready to say goodbye to Joakim Noah, as he joins fans and media in allegedly having enough of the front office.
The Chicago Bulls are a historic franchise.
They were created in 1966 and posted the best record by an expansion team in league history. They also reached the playoffs, making them the only organization in the NBA to do so during their inaugural year.
The Michael Jordan Golden Era happened between 1984-98, which brought about a total of six championships. And then Derrick Rose was drafted first overall in 2008, resulting in Chicago heading towards title contention once again.
Regardless of what has happened since then, what is going on now, and what will transpire in the future, Chicago will forever remember the good old days of Bulls basketball.
And that is a good thing too, given what a mess the front office has turned the franchise into.
General manager Gar Forman and vice president John Paxson have long withstood criticism from both the fans, as well as members of the media. But now it is becoming clear how much the players cannot stand them either.
According to an anonymous Chicago player:
"“Noah has no trust in the front office getting this in the right direction.”"
This source also said that when Thibodeau was around, he would “shield them” from the front office. But now that Hoiberg and Forman are close, that is no longer possible.
And while coming off of the bench was frustrating, the problem is not with Hoiberg or the rest of the coaching staff necessarily, but rather with those controlling him.
"“We know there’s at least one assistant [coach] that tells Gar everything that goes on. There’s a lot of guys that have a problem with that, and not just Jo.’’"
Obviously due to injury, Noah did not have much of a chance this season to contribute (or not) on the court. But even so, his trouble with the front office still managed to affect what he could bring to the table.
As told to Joe Cowley,
"Noah, who is one of the more charitable players in the entire NBA, had become so annoyed with Forman that he actually turned down a chance to help Bulls Charities earlier this season. According to the player, Noah was approached by Leslie Forman – Gar’s wife, as well as the VP of Bulls Charities – to take place in “some auction where he would have to ride around town with the winner or something like that.”Noah didn’t like the way he was approached and pressured, so flatly said no."
Who this informant is, is anyone’s guess. But it should be assumed that he and a multitude of other players, also share Noah’s contempt against Gar/Pax.
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But with that said, he has also dropped the ball on numerous occasions. For one, in what played out as a hurried attempt to finalize the roster, he signed free agent Carlos Boozer after LeBron James announced his decision to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami.
He has been notoriously known for doing close to nothing every trade deadline, bringing no help in to aid the likes of Rose.
And perhaps worst of all, he fired former head coach Tom Thibodeau, only to bring on Fred Hoiberg, a college coach with no professional experience but a longstanding close relationship with Forman himself.
Paxson, a former Bull, became VP in 2003. Although during his first year, the team had the second worst record in the league, he was able to turn things around for a while by leaning on guys like Luol Deng.
At this point, there is no way around saying it: the Chicago Bulls front office (besides probably being the worst in the NBA), has become detrimental to the success of the team. Beyond making ill-advised moves (or none), they consistently disrupt their own talent.
They got on Thibodeau’s bad side, have caused Rose to seemingly stop caring about the organization, threw shade at Jimmy Butler …
And now they can say goodbye to Noah.