Reinsdorf: 'Exciting for Bulls to be relevant again'

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After years of front-office and coaching disarray, Chicago Bulls president and chief operating officer Michael Reinsdorf hired Arturas Karnisovas in April 2020 to reshape his basketball operations and restore playoff contention. So far, the results are remarkable. Years of organizational missteps and mistrust faded fast, replaced with a fully functional first-place franchise.

“When we hired Arturas, I was confident that he would help turn things around, but I can’t say I thought it would be this quickly,” Reinsdorf told ESPN. “There are no issues. There’s no drama. Just everyone wanting to get to the next level. It’s a good feeling.”

As the Bulls (27-12) host the Golden State Warriors on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN), Reinsdorf made it clear that he’s declaring no major accomplishment so soon in the season’s journey, but conceded: “It’s exciting for the Chicago Bulls to be relevant again.”

The Bulls have missed the playoffs in six of the past seven years, but that’s likely to change this spring. Reinsdorf believes the decision to hire Karnisovas amid the league’s shutdown delivered him an ability to expedite the organizational rebuild.

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