Paxson Irked By 'Misinformation' On Bulls' Perception

"Little things can take on a life of their own," John Paxson says.

McNeil & Parkins Show
February 08, 2019 - 12:03 pm
Bulls executives vice president of basketball operations John Paxson

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(670 The Score) Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson expressed his disgust in an at-times contentious interview on the McNeil & Parkins Show on Thursday what with he called "misinformation" surrounding the franchise's perception throughout the league.

"People can have their opinion," Paxson said. "Whatever. I think there's a lot of misinformation out there. You guys have already pointed stuff out today. There's a lot of things in your forum, your talk radio forum, that people latch onto and take as gospel and then use that as a way to not only criticize but to mock, name call, all these things that are, it's just wrong. But people have their opinion. That's what it's all about.

Paxson later added, "Little things can take on a life of their own and they become facts even when they're not."

"If that's hurting our perception, so be it," Paxson said. "We can't do anything about it."

In acquiring Otto Porter from the Wizards on Wednesday night and the $55.7 million that he's owed over the next two seasons, the Bulls punted on having a maximum salary slot available in a strong free-agent class this July. Paxson acknowledged the Bulls are "not in the position to go after the big names, the franchise changers" as they're in the second year of their rebuild.

In time, Paxson believes the organization will be in that spot.

"Until you get an opportunity to get in front of people, then how do you know how they feel about you?" Paxson said in response to a question about the Bulls' reputation among star players in the NBA.

"I do believe when you get an opportunity to sit down with people and present yourself and show what you're about and who you are -- to be very candid, there's a lot of things that are created just through perception. We get that. You can't fight that in this day and age anymore. Any organization can be criticized for the most miniscule thing, and it can be made into something that takes on a life of its own and all of a sudden you're looked at in a certain way. No, I'm not worried about that. When it comes to agents, who have the players, the agents for the most part respect us. They respect our organization. Because that's who we deal with primarily when we're talking about contracts, we're talking about free agency and those types of things. And when you have a good relationship with the agents and then you can get a player into your building, then good things can happen.

"We see what's going on in the league right now. The great players want to play with other great players. They want to create the super-teams and get in a position where you're able to win championships ... Through the draft hopefully -- that's the one way you have true control over -- we have to see if some of our guys have that potential and then at some point in time, maybe you can attract a guy that wants to play with them. And then all of a sudden, you're going. That's just the reality right now."