Looking Back on John Paxson: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

April 15th, 2010 by John Hatelak Leave a reply »

When John Paxson took over in 2003 the organization was a mess. They had circuses to draw free agents, they moved two productive players in Brand and Artest in favor of two unknown project high schoolers, they hired fishing buddies for coaches, and of course the all time boobery breaking up the Champs to prove organizations win Championships. 

Those are just some of the highlights. So when he took over it was like a breath of fresh air. An intelligent informative, and credible General Manager to pull us out of basketball hell! He did not disappoint, bringing back credibility to the league as once again a viable franchise resurrected from the insignificance, and apathy of a fan base, and national perspective. 

A few good drafts, hiring a real coach in Skiles, and presto! A competitive franchise. Then the decision to sign Big Bad Ben Wallace.



The thing I could point to the most to the biggest reason for the most recent collapse with this franchise is the Ben Wallace debacle. Especially considering the way Skiles liked to handle the team as a disciplinarian, a ...

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