GarPax wins Executive of the Year outright, but Forman is official co-recipient

Forman and Riley received each received 11 of a possible 30
from a panel of their fellow team executives throughout the NBA. The
Bulls' John Paxson finished third with three votes and San Antonio's R.C.
Buford finished fourth with two votes. Oklahoma City's Sam Presti, New Jersey's
Billy King and New York's Donnie Walsh received one vote each.

So the Chicago Bulls as an organization pulled down 14 of 30 votes.  

I think the voting goes to show a few things:

1: John Paxson and Gar Forman are clearly jointly handling responsibilities since Paxson pulled some of the votes for the award.  Either the other GMs forgot whom they was running the team, or Paxson is still fairly active.

2: The rest of the NBA has great respect for what the Bulls accomplished this season.

3: Either the rest of the NBA hates the Heat or view the unholy trinity as signing there largely due to Dwyane Wade and didn't credit Riley much.

The ultimate tie breaker for this award will be determined when (hopefully) they match up in the ECF.  Of course, that matchup is a bit more tenuous for Chicago than Miami as the Bulls are knotted up 2-2 with Atlanta while the Heat have a 3-1 lead over Boston.


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  • Honestly? Miaimi in 6 the way the Bulls are playing...I would expect a big game from Rose in that series though...I don't see how it can go any other way...congrats to Gar Forman. I am anxious to see what he does this offseason though...

  • In reply to Houston:

    The way the Bulls have played so far, it's hard to envision them beating Miami.

    However, Dallas didn't play all that great against Portland and beat LA. The Thunder were absolutely dominant in round 1 and are struggling against the Grizzlies.

    I don't think Miami is playing all that well against Boston despite being up 3-1.

    I've said since before the playoffs started that Miami was the only team who scared me in the East and after the playoffs started I predicted the Bulls to lose to Miami in the ECF.

    All that said, the Bulls clearly can beat Miami. It wouldn't be a crazy upset if they did even though it doesn't look so hot at the immediate moment while we're struggling with Atlanta.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    I think it is a good thing that the Bulls are playing Atlanta. They are the less talented version of Miami with good wing players and a good big man. Miami has not been great except for 2 games like the Bulls(The second game against Philly and the first game against the Celtics). They have lucked out that Rondo is hurt who could have been a big pain for Wade.
    We cannot underestimate the confidence of the Bulls if they win against Atlanta. I think Rose, Deng and Noah go on confidence a lot.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    No matter what happens this season, it's great to know that the NBA has not been a "only one or two teams can win it all" type league. There really has not been a clear favorite to win it all. Bulls vs. Heat can go either way, but I still favor our homecourt advantage to give us the edge.

  • In reply to zachmanisback:

    Vegas pegged Miami as a heavy favorite prior to the start of the season. I picked them as well and thought they had a fairly overwhelming advantage.

    Now, if they lose, I'll agree with you, but at this point I don't see anyone stopping Miami.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    I had the Lakers beating Miami, with the Lakers completely imploding, I have to find a new team to beat the Heat, I guess, by default it has to be Dallas, they certainly have the size and the veteran grit. Maybe Dallas will turn out to be what the Celtics were supposed to be.

    Miami is going to start winning soon enough, we need to find a way to stop them from starting this year.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    we'll have to wait until they actually play a tough team

  • In reply to zachmanisback:

    Congrats to GarPax on their award but their job is clearly not done. They have to get some better scorers on this team next year to give Rose some help. And I agree, the only thing that would help the Bulls beat Miami in the EFC if they make it that far is the home court advantage, but seeinf how the Bulls struggled against the Pacers at home and lost 1 to Atlanta at home, the Home court isn't a safe bet either, just ask Taj Gibson who said the fans shouldn't think it's an automatic win tonight just because they are at home, that doesn't sound too encouraging.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    But also the other thing that would help the bulls beat miami is Boozer. If he can get back to his real playoffs level (20ppg) then the bulls can win.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Bulls can't beat miami if Boozer doesn't play the way he is supposed. He averages 20 ppg in playoffs all his career. Let's get real, Rose can't do it all by himself. Game 4 was the proof. Rose can't be superman during all the EFC.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Nope Rose can't do everything himself, advantage... Hawks. It will be a 7 game series cause the Bulls have too many faults according to them at the end of games. The Bulls players never will admit their scoring when they need it sucks. Bulls better use that 62-20 best record in the league to their advantage to protect their home court cause that's probably the only thing that saves them for the remainder of the playoffs.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    yeah we must hope bulls can alive until the seventh game or else we're dead. Our only egde against heat is rebounding. I doubt it will be enough to beat them.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    That's OK... Thanks to the flexibility that Gar/Pax left themselves with, Gar will win it next year, when he signs Dwight Howard!

    The real tie-breaker will come in the offseason....

    * multiple 1st rounders

    * Taj - Young PF showcasing himself in these playoffs - owed only 1.2 mil next year, with a 2 mil team option for the next year!

    * Omer Asik (The Turkish Hammer) Same deal as Taj, owed 1.8 Mil next year

    Wow. So Three 1st Rounders, with one a possible lottery (Charlotte).
    Taj and Omer - Young and Good PF and C - for 3 MIL next year!
    Throw in some chips on the sign and trade like ronnie brewer(good contract/team player/quality NBA player) to make it work.and Booyah!

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Oops, Obviously Carlos Boozer is part of the aforementioned deal... Former star PF, immediate legitimacy for Orlando to go with Taj and Omer (The Future), and the three 1 st rounders...then you throw in Ronnie to make it work.

    Before you laugh it off, realize that just as we did, the league sees Boozer as an All Pro quality low-post big man and his deal is actually pretty solid and then you consider that Orlando will be getting three big men for the price of one, then it all starts to make sense.

  • In reply to zmorg77:

    Wow, this is so fragmented...but the reason that you have to throw Ronnie in is because we will have to take the Gilbert Arenas contract back...but that could actually be a blessing in disguise

  • In reply to zmorg77:

    I guess if you look at the executive of the year as an executive (ie from a business rather than sport perspective) the Bulls are doing a much better job.

    The Miami team is just hard to like, which kills the value they can hope to extract from a championship. Normally winning a championship will attract you all sorts of bandwagon fans, but who wants to root for LeBron now? Where as if the Bulls win the championship you'll see a ton of people jump on the bandwagon because you can cheer for Rose without feeling dirty.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    In the playoffs, talent wins, or should I say motivated talent. Miami has the talent, and the motivation, whereas the Lakers clearly lost their motivation.

    I cannot see the Bulls beating Miami four times, once or twice maybe.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Our only edge against the heat are the rebounds. nothing else.

  • In reply to deewaves:


  • In reply to Houston:

    I thought Riley was a shoo-in for this one. Whatever the Heat does, I don't think the media will ever be as kind to them as they were to Lakers, Celtics, Bulls, and Spurs championship teams.

  • U mean celtics in the last line. u said miami. but it is bs. I swear Riley did nothing but click print on the paper. This is BS.

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