Let’s talk about Bulls culture under John Paxson.
Bulls culture is assaulting your own head coach in the locker room. Bulls culture is misdiagnosing Luol Deng’s injury and then questioning his toughness in the media when he was physically incapable of playing. Bulls culture is creating a toxic locker room with rifts so pronounced they had to be settled on Instagram. Bulls culture is one teammate punching another in the face and blaming the victim. Bulls culture is spying on your own team. Bulls culture is the classless letter this organization sent out after firing Tom Thibodeau. Bulls culture is dragging your players through the mud the moment they leave the organization.
For someone so willing to talk about the culture of this organization, Paxson sure has botched it at every step of his career. The man hasn’t just built bad teams, he’s created a hostile work environment that no player should willingly want to come into. It’s no wonder this franchise annually strikes out on free agents.
Of course, it’s never John Paxson’s fault. It’s Derrick Rose’s fault for not being a good enough recruiter. It’s Thibodeau’s fault for coaching the team too hard. It’s Fred Hoiberg’s fault for not coaching the team hard enough. It’s Jimmy Butler’s fault for wanting the money that he’s earned. It’s anyone’s fault but Paxson’s.
John Paxson has driven the Chicago Bulls into the ground. He’s taken one of the great franchises in all of sports and has turned them into a laughingstock. This should be a global brand that superstars want to play for. Instead, it’s a franchise that runs itself like a mid-market club because they can get away with it.