Bulls’ Reinsdorf confident in Paxson, Forman

Bulls VP John Paxson and GM Gar Forman are in the second season of their rebuild project.

Despite some recent struggles, Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf indicated he is happy with the basketball management team of John Paxson and Gar Forman.

“I picked John to rebuild when (Jerry) Krause left (in 2003) because he’s a leader. Nothing has changed,” Reinsdorf said in an interview with the Chicago Tribune. “He’s a fine evaluator of talent. He’s a long-term thinker. He works well with the general manager. He works well with coaches. I’m a John Paxson fan.

“Gar is great with agents. John hates to deal with agents. Gar is good at negotiating with the other general managers, but John was good at that too. Gar is great at cap knowledge and planning ahead. He’s an extremely detailed guy. That’s why we have the two jobs. And that’s a trend that teams are moving too. They realize you need two different skill sets.”

The Bulls added former coach and NBA analyst Doug Collins to the staff in an advisory role before the season.

“Doug has been really good,” Reinsdorf said. “Bringing in another set of eyes and ears of somebody who has been in basketball for 40 years, he has so much knowledge. And he’s in a perfect role. He’s able to advise John, Gar, me, (coach Fred Hoiberg) with the understanding that people may not follow what he wants.”

The Bulls (10-20) have won seven straight heading into Thursday’s game at Cleveland.