Arturas Karnisovas To Focus On Drafting, Player Development With Bulls

Arturas Karnisovas To Focus On Drafting, Player Development With Bulls

New Chicago Bulls general manager Arturas Karnisovas outlined his vision for the team during his introductory press conference, emphasizing player development through the draft.

“We are the second youngest team in the league, a great young core; the Bulls drafted well. Players want to play, but at the end of the day they want to win. My job is going to be to facilitate that. It was a huge thing for us in Denver and it’s going to be huge here in Chicago. We’re going to have to improve our players. There’s three ways of building teams – through your draft, through free agency and through trades. I think building through the draft and developing your players is the key to getting better every year,” said Karnisovas.

Karnisovas said that his next step was to hire a general manager who will compliment his skills.

Karnisovas added that he had discussions with Jim Boylen about implementing a high-paced, entertaining style of play.

“I already had a conversation with Jim (Boylen), kind of talking about what kind of style of play I would like, what kind of players I like. I like high pace, moving the ball. We were able to be a very good passing team in Denver. It’s a very entertaining brand of basketball. I like multi-positional players. I like guys with high basketball IQ that play off each other. … Just looking at their play last year, obviously they won – now I would say we won – 22 games. I watch a lot of games. I will continue to evaluate. The rebounding and shooting were a couple of the issues.”



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