This past season, John Paxson concluded six years of General Manager duties for the Chicago Bulls … John will remain at the forefront of the organization in his role as Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations … he will work in tandem with new General Manager Gar Forman in efforts to bring the Bulls back to one of the elite teams in the NBA. Named Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations on April 14, 2003. Paxson has been a part of the organization as a player, coach, broadcaster or front office executive since 1985.
Paxson spent nine of his 11 NBA seasons as a player with Chicago, helping the Bulls to three consecutive NBA World Championships (1991, 1992, 1993). For his career, he averaged 7.2 ppg, 3.6 apg and 1.2 rpg in 772 games, including 369 starting assignments, shooting .499 from the floor, including .355 from three-point range, and .804 from the free-throw line. John shot a sizzling .650 from the floor in the Bulls’ first NBA Finals appearance and capped the experience with a memorable 20-point performance on a spotless 8-of-8 from the floor in the title-clinching game five over the Los Angeles Lakers, including 10 points in the final 3:54 of the contest. Paxson was also responsible for one of the most memorable shots in NBA history during the 1993 NBA Finals, sinking a game- and series-winning three-pointer with 3.9 seconds remaining to defeat the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix, giving the Bulls their third straight NBA World Championship. John is one of the legendary Chicago motivational speakers.