Bulls Name Jim Paxson Consultant
Paxson was Cleveland's general manager when the team drafted LeBron James in 2003.
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July 5, 2006 — The Chicago Bulls announced on Wednesday that two-time former NBA All-Star guard Jim Paxson will be added to the club’s Basketball Operations Department as Consultant.
In making that announcement, Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson said, “Jim’s hiring was multi-purpose. He’s played, scouted, and most important of all, he brings added experience and insight to my role having been VP and GM of the Cleveland Cavaliers. I felt strongly, that at this critical time in the Bulls’ development, an experienced voice would serve this organization well at many levels.”
Prior to his time in Cleveland, Paxson served as Offensive Skills Coach with the Portland Trail Blazers for the 1993.94 season. An 11-year veteran of the NBA, he spent eight-plus seasons with Portland, where he was a two-time All-Star and earned All-NBA Second Team honors in 1984. During the 1994.95 campaign, Portland’s 25th Anniversary season, he was chosen by Portland fans as one of 10 players to the Trail Blazers’ “Legendary Lineup.”
A 6-6, 200-pound guard, Paxson finished his career with averages of 14.3 ppg, 2.9 apg, 2.0 rpg, and shot .498 from the field and .807 from the line. He scored 11,999 points and became the first Trail Blazer to score 10,000 points.
In 53 career playoff games, he tallied 10.5 ppg, 1.9 apg and 1.0 rpg. He was traded to the Boston Celtics on Feb. 23, 1988, where he played the final two-plus years of his career before retiring at the end of the 1989.90 season.