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Paxson, Stack open to Bulls’ GM job; Jordan not

April 9, 2003

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— If Chicago Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf wants to talk about his general-manager opening, two of the top candidates would listen.

John Paxson and Jim Stack both said they would be open to talking about the job, though neither had heard from Reinsdorf as of Tuesday night.

"I don't have any insight into what's going to happen," said Paxson, who was a guard on the Bulls' first three championship teams and is now their radio analyst.

"It's all speculation, and it's hard to talk about speculation."

The Bulls are looking for a replacement for Jerry Krause, who resigned unexpectedly as GM Monday because of health problems. Reinsdorf isn't commenting, but he said in a statement that he hoped to have someone in place within a month.

The top candidates figure to be Paxson and B.J. Armstrong, another former Bull who is in his third season as a special assistant to Krause. Armstrong was not available for comment Tuesday.

Paxson spent all but two years of his 11-year NBA career in Chicago, and he was a vital part of the first three-peat. His three-pointer with 3.9 seconds left in Game Six of the 1993 NBA Finals against Phoenix clinched the Bulls' second title.

After retiring in 1994, he was a Bulls assistant during the 1995-96 season. He has been part of Chicago's broadcast team for seven years, both on radio and television.

Stack also could be in the mix after spending 13 years in the Bulls' front office. He was a special assistant to Krause for eight years and spent his last four years with the Bulls as assistant vice president for basketball operations. His duties included everything from scouting to contract negotiations.

Many believed Stack was being groomed to be Krause's successor. But he took a job as an assistant coach with the Indiana Pacers in 2000 when it appeared Krause would stay in his job for several more years.

"I would listen, but I'm very content where I'm at," Stack said. "We've got a good team, so we'll see happens."

One person who doesn't want the job is Michael Jordan.

Jordan still lives in Chicago, and Bulls fans would love to see him back with his old team. Though he's not contractually bound to the Washington Wizards yet, he said he planned to return to their front office when he retires after the season.

"I haven't talked to anyone on that staff. You guys are more or less getting things rolling," Jordan said Tuesday.

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