Gar Forman

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Gar Forman
Chicago Bulls
PositionGeneral manager
Personal information
BornMoraga, California
Career information
High schoolMiramonte (Orinda, California)
CollegeUtah State
Coaching career1981–1998
Career history
As coach:
1981–1982Utah State (GA)
1982–1983College of the Desert (assistant)
1983–1985College of the Desert
1985–1987New Mexico State (assistant)
1987–1988Cal Poly Pomona (assistant)
1988–1994New Mexico State (assistant)
1994–1998Iowa State (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
As executive

Gar Forman is an American basketball executive for the National Basketball Association's Chicago Bulls. Forman was named GM in 2009 after being in the organization for 11 years as a scout, director of player personnel, and special assistant to executive vice-president of basketball operation. On June 22, 2011 Gar Forman won the NBA Executive of the Year Award, along with Miami Heat President Pat Riley.[1]

College career and scandal[edit]

Forman began his coaching career in 1981 as a graduate assistant at Utah State. The next season, he was named an assistant coach at College of the Desert for the 1982-1983 season, after which he served as the team's head coach for two seasons. In 1985, he was named an assistant coach at New Mexico State. In 1987, he became an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Cal Poly Pomona. In 1988, he returned to New Mexico State where he served in the same position.[2]

His second tenure at New Mexico State became "scandalized"[3] when he was accused of directing staff to guide "potential transfers through sham correspondence courses at the notorious Southeastern College of the Assemblies of God (SCAG)". However, he was eventually cleared by the NCAA.[4][5]

In 1994, he joined Iowa State as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, a position he held until 1998.[2]

Chicago Bulls[edit]

Forman joined the Chicago Bulls as a scout in 1998. In 2004, he was named the team's Director of Player Personnel.[6] He was named General Manager of the Chicago Bulls on May 21, 2009.[7] As General Manager, Forman supervises player personnel, coaching, scouting, training, and administration. During the summer of 2010, Forman led the charge to reload a Bulls squad after two consecutive .500 seasons and early playoff exits. On June 23, 2010, Forman also named Tom Thibodeau the 18th head coach of the Chicago Bulls.[8] During his tenure with the Bulls (as General Manager, and previously as Director of Player Personnel), Forman oversaw the drafting of Taj Gibson (First Team All-Rookie 2010), Derrick Rose (NBA Rookie of the Year 2009 and 2011 MVP[9]), Kirk Hinrich (NBA All-Defense Team 2007 [10]), and Ben Gordon (NBA Sixth Man of the Year 2005[11]). Forman has been criticized for passing on the opportunity to draft several notable players, including Draymond Green, Jae Crowder, Isaiah Thomas, Caris LeVert, Malcolm Brogdon, Tim Hardaway Jr., Chandler Parsons, Mason Plumlee, Seth Curry and Rudy Gobert.[12]

Private life and education[edit]

Forman was born in Moraga, California, the son of Ken and Janet Forman.[13]

Forman received a B.A. in Marketing Education with a minor in Business Administration in 1984 from the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. He currently lives with his sons and wife in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.


  1. ^ "Miami's Riley, Chicago's Forman share NBA's top executive honors". USA Today. May 10, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-16.
  2. ^ a b "Gar Forman". Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-12-30. Retrieved 2009-12-30. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Fall Guys". Sports Illustrated. November 15, 1999.
  5. ^ Hayes, Neil (June 26, 2012). "Gar Forman didn't set out to be a GM, but Bulls are glad to have him". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  6. ^ "Bulls Name Forman Director of Player Personnel". January 27, 2004. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  7. ^ "Bulls name Gar Forman General Manager".
  8. ^ "Thibodeau named 18th coach in franchise history".
  9. ^ "Derrick Rose named NBA Rookie of the Year".
  10. ^ " : Kirk Hinrich Bio Page". Archived from the original on 2006-04-23. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  11. ^ "Gordon wins NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award".
  12. ^ "Bulls: Failures are a Product of Years of Poor Drafting by Gar Forman and John Paxson".
  13. ^ Braccini, Sophie (June 10, 1999). "Moraga's Gar Forman Named GM of Chicago Bulls". Retrieved October 13, 2016.

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