After yesterday’s announcement that the 2019-20 NBA season has been suspended until further notice, the Chicago Bulls followed that up by releasing some of their own news to begin what is set to be an extra lengthy offseason.
Chicago Bulls’ general manager Gar Forman is almost fully out of the scene, and reports came out earlier today via Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times that Forman has been slowly nurtured to the point where only chairman Jerry Reinsdorf is keeping him around.
It was also announced today that former Chicago Bulls’ ambassador Scottie Pippen will no longer serve in that role. Pippen, who is a six-time NBA champion with the Bulls, was held in the role as a team ambassador since July 15th, 2010. During the last ten years, Pippen’s time with the Bulls also included a stint as the team’s senior adviser to Michael Reinsdorf, the Bulls’ current president and CEO.
Pippen, who has been out of the scene with the Bulls for the most recent months, reportedly received some backlash from the Bulls for slamming them at the 2020 All-Star Weekend in Chicago. He told ESPN that he doesn’t even know “half of the players on the Bulls right now,” despite being the team’s ambassador.
In other news, whether the NBA does return in the next 30 days or not, the Bulls playing at the United Center will most likely not. Due to the coronavirus, which has been rapidly spreading around the league, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker asked the Bulls and other Chicago sports teams to not host home games until May. All owners have agreed to the request.
If these policies do in fact come to action, the Bulls’ 2019-20 season is more than likely finished. Their schedule shows the final home game is set to take place on the 13th of April against the Orlando Magic, well before Pritzker’s action comes to a conclusion.
In this case, the Bulls will finish with a record of 22-43, tying the number of games they won last year. It would fall five wins short of the 27-win mark that was set in the first year of the rebuild, despite having no Zach LaVine for the majority of it, who was still recovering from an ACL injury at the time.