The first word that springs to mind is ridiculous.
Even John Paxson agrees with that, and he's not being paid to be a agreeable. In fact, as general managers go, you might call him an iconoclast, one who attacks established beliefs or institutions when it comes to roster management. When you are faced with what Paxson had, you have to do something ... ridiculous.
It is one thing to turn around a perennial loser by adding impact veterans via a salary dump and the free-agent market, which is the Phoenix formula.
It is entirely another to turn a dysfunctional, 23-59 team into a strong playoff contender by adding four rookies to your rotation, which is precisely what Paxson has done with the Chicago Bulls.
And there's a word for that.
"I know, it is ridiculous ... or at least it sounds ridiculous, in this day and age," said the Bulls GM, whose team plays the Nets at the Meadowlands tonight. "But the difference is, the guys we have brought in were at least tested -- either in big-time college programs or overseas. They didn't come right out of high school. They had experienced winning, and that's important to a young player."
Every season is a narrative, and every general manager tells the story line, and Paxson has one of the most bizarre, unlikely, surreal stories any GM could tell after just 22 months on the job.