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Michael Reinsdorf excited about Karnisovas’ project at Bulls

Since 2010 —actually a little earlier— Jerry Reinsdorf’s weight in the day-to-day life of the Chicago Bulls has been limited to consulting work. Instead, he decided to place a man who could represent his interests to the bone. The owner of the franchise since 1985 was already over 70 and had consumed too much energy in the 1990s. The chosen one would be none other than his son Michael, who once the rope of the Rose, Noah and Butler ended; has not stopped making decisions of doubtful depth. Until in 2020, Arturas Karnisovas fell from the sky. “When we hired him, we thought he would help us grow. But never that I would do it so fast »he tells the ESPN.

It is what has to move the tree, that sometimes fruits fall. Already last year the general manager decided that Billy Donovan was the right man to manage a ship that already had Zach LaVine as its visible face. Since then, Karnisovas has not stopped trying to improve the team with ambitious moves. First it was Vucevic and then DeMar DeRozan, Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso arrived; who join the draft successes of Patrick Williams (2020) and Ayo Dosunmu (2021). Before the season started, the ambition was there, but there were doubts about the fit of the new group. No one expected the Bulls to be leading the Eastern Conference with a 27-12 record at this point.

Not even Reinsdorf. “There are no problems. There’s no drama. Just a group where everyone wants to get to the next level.” Admitting his superstition, the boss’s son does not want to throw the bells on the fly, but says he is “excited to see some relevant Chicago Bulls again.” In the windy city they haven’t seen the playoffs since 2017, and everything indicates that this will be the year of return.

Michael highlights the closeness with which Karnisovas works and his efforts to get to know the organization and its members since he landed in their offices in 2020. He forged an instant relationship with Donovan and was interested in knowing what Zach LaVine expected from the team and building on it. there. “His ego is not about being the winner of every deal. He was aggressive in the transfer of Vucevic and taught us that not everything revolves around status quo«. Michael Reinsdorf already has his particular Jerry Krause, only this one has managed to put all of Chicago in his pocket.

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