How long does it take to bounce back from an incredibly damaging and, frankly, disgraceful ousting from a high-profile position, the likes of which the sports world has never before experienced? Well, if you’re privileged enough to have your father whispering in the ears of keys members of the league office, the answer appears to be just under two years.
The Bulls interviewed former 76ers president Bryan Colangelo for top basketball operations position, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Colangelo also has been lead executive in Toronto and Phoenix.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 8, 2020
Just 23 months ago, The Ringer ran “The Curious Case of Bryan Colangelo and the Secret Twitter Account,” which got the ball rolling on the Philadelphia 76ers organization’s investigation into the five burner accounts linked to Colangelo and his wife, Barbara Bottini (as well as the other accounts on other platforms and all the other weird stuff Sixers Twitter dredged up, this is a Sixers blog, you remember). What became colloquially known as “Burnergate” led to Colangelo’s “resignation” less than two weeks later. Colangelo has largely been out of the news since then, until now, as the Bulls deemed that period of time enough of a grace period for the man in the high collar to receive an interview to run another NBA front office.
Now, maybe this is just a courtesy interview as a favor to somebody, as Chicago seems to be most interested in hiring Denver general manager Arturas Karnisovas, according to another report released today from Woj. However, my point is, nobody should be setting the ground to normalize Colangelo’s return to a head job in a front office. I mean, seriously? That’s the guy you want running your billion-dollar franchise? Whether or not he or his wife was the person actually running the accounts, sensitive medical information was leaked and there was clearly a sentiment in the Colangelo household towards bashing the Sixers’ franchise player, Joel Embiid. Then, Colangelo’s resignation statement throwing his wife under the bus was one of the most snivelly, cowardly things I’ve ever read.
NBA owners, even if you don’t want to think outside the box, there have to be dozens of other milquetoast, run-of-the-mill Ivy League grads floating around within league circles you can interview instead. Please don’t normalize Bryan Colangelo or his actions. If any team does, they deserve every joke that comes their way for the next decade.