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Bulls fans staging event to call for top executives to be fired

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It was not all that long ago that the Chicago Bulls were one of the premier franchises in all of sports, but they have quickly become one of the worst teams in the NBA. Fans are tired of all the losing, and a collection of them are planning to show the team how badly they want to see changes at the top of the organization.

A Facebook fan group called “Fire GarPax” has officially labeled March 6 “#FireGarPaxDay.” The Bulls are scheduled to play a nationally televised game against the Philadelphia 76ers on ESPN that day, and a Facebook event started by the group is calling for fans to showcase their disdain for general manager Gar Forman and president of basketball operations John Paxson.

“On March 6 our Chicago Bulls play the Philadelphia 76ers in a nationally televised game on ESPN. Time to let the whole country know how us Bulls fans feel,” the event description reads. “I encourage a peaceful protest of John Paxson and Gar Forman. Let’s disrupt the entire game with Fire GarPax chants and fill the UC with Fire GarPax shirts and signs. Again a peaceful protest is all we need to be heard.”

Despite the team’s 11-40 record, the Bulls still rank second in the NBA in home attendance, drawing just under 20,000 fans per game. If fans get behind the “Fire GarPax” movement, it could be an embarrassing night in Chicago on March 6.

The Bulls decided to fire head coach Fred Hoiberg earlier this season and turn things over to Jim Boylen, and that move has been somewhat of a disaster. One former NBA coach blasted Chicago’s front office this week for the way they have handled the team, so the fans are not alone with their frustrations.

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