The Bulls interviewed former 76ers president Bryan Colangelo for top basketball operations position, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Colangelo also has been lead executive in Toronto and Phoenix.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 8, 2020
Surprising to see a team go anywhere near Colangelo, considering the nature of “Burnergate” and his Sixers exit. Feels like residual toxicity exists.
He always maintained that he had no knowledge of his wife’s Twitter activity and never shared any confidential information with her. Perhaps the Bulls agreed with that assertion or figured they’d bring him in and ask their own questions about the scandal.
The other question is why they’d consider him a candidate in the first place, based on track record. Colangelo’s Philly resume was okay, highlighted by the Joel Embiid and Robert Covington contracts, plus the addition of JJ Redick as a free agent. The Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova moves helped the Sixers rip off 16 wins in a row en route to the #3 seed in 2018, and the Ben Simmons selection seemed like a no-brainer at the time. Most of the criticism here is people saying, “well these were obvious moves,” which may or may not be true. Depends who you ask.
On the other side is the Markelle Fultz trade, the movement of Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor for peanuts, the Jerryd Bayless contract, and whatever else has been purged from memory. It’s true that the Sixers’ 52-win season came during his tenure, but you really can’t compare what he did to Sam Hinkie or Elton Brand, since all three general managers held dominion during three different parts of the rebuild. Hinkie tore it down and compiled assets, Colangelo was tasked with moving the team out of the Process era, and Brand blew through the rest of the war chest in an effort to win now. It’s like comparing apples and oranges.
Here’s Colangelo’s resignation statement, for a trip down memory lane:
“While I am grateful that the independent investigation conducted by the 76ers has confirmed that I had no knowledge of or involvement in the Twitter activity conducted by my wife, I vigorously dispute the allegation that my conduct was in any way reckless. At no point did I ever purposefully or directly share any sensitive, non-public, club-related information with her. Her actions were a seriously misguided effort to publicly defend and support me, and while I recognize how inappropriate these actions were, she acted independently and without my knowledge or consent. Further, the content she shared was filled with inaccuracies and conjecture which in no way represent my own views or opinions. While this was obviously a mistake, we are a family and we will work through this together. Although I am not directly responsible for the actions, I regret this incident occurred and understand that it has become a distraction for the team. Therefore, the organization and I have mutually agreed to part ways.”
Find a new slant.
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