Carrying his granddaughter, Jerry Reinsdorf ventured to the dugout at Comiskey Park on a warm, sunny Saturday. Once there, the chairman of the Chicago White Sox agreed to talk a little baseball.
But it's basketball everyone wants to know about these days - the future of his other team, the Chicago Bulls, who their new coach will be and how it will affect the future of Michael Jordan."I'm not answering basketball questions," Reinsdorf said.
He did, however, call Iowa State's Tim Floyd, who interviewed for the Bulls job Monday and has been labeled the leading candidate, "an impressive guy."
"But I'm impressed with a lot of guys," Reinsdorf added.
NBA assistants Scott Skiles, Ron Rothstein, Paul Silas and Rick Carlisle have also interviewed for the vacancy created when Phil Jackson declined an offer to return after coaching the team to six NBA titles.
Jordan said Thursday he wouldn't play for a young college coach like Floyd, hinting strongly he was ready to retire without Jackson. The five-time MVP said he wouldn't announce his final decision until after the NBA's lockout ends, and some thought his comments represented a public posturing with Reinsdorf.
"We'll get it resolved soon," Reinsdorf said of the coaching situation. "We'll get it resolved to the satisfaction of all reasonable people," he said.
Who's not reasonable?
"Well, we'll see," Reinsdorf said.
Reinsdorf defended Jordan's short-lived baseball experiment when he left the Bulls in October 1993 and months later went to play for Class AA Birmingham, batting .202. He claimed Jordan didn't perform that badly considering he hadn't played baseball for more than a decade.
"If Michael wants to come back and play baseball, sure I'd welcome him back. But he's not going to do that," Reinsdorf said.
But it's what Jordan will or won't do in basketball that everyone wants to know.
Reinsdorf said earlier last week the Bulls should have a new coach within a week or so.