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John Paxson Resigns As Bulls Assistant

August 28, 1996

CHICAGO (AP) _ John Paxson, a star of two championship series for the Chicago Bulls, resigned Wednesday as an assistant coach with the team.

``He wants to do other things in his life. He wants to get away from basketball,″ Bulls general manager Jerry Krause said.

``We’re very sorry to see him leave, obviously. It caught Phil (Jackson) and I by surprise. Pax feels he has to do what is right for him and his family and get out of basketball. He wants to get away. That doesn’t mean he won’t return.″

Paxson joined the Bulls in 1985 as a free agent. He played a major role in the 1991 championship victory against the Los Angeles Lakers with his outside shooting.

When Chicago won its third straight title in 1993 over Phoenix, Paxson hit a game-winning 3-pointer in the clinching Game 6.

He played one more season, battling injuries, and then spent a year as a radio commentator before becoming an assistant last season.

The Bulls earlier lost an assistant when Jim Cleamons became coach of the Dallas Mavericks.

``John has been a Bull for 12 years. He’s a class act and we wanted him to stay. He told us a couple of weeks ago,″ Krause said.

``We started him in coaching and we think he will be a fine coach. ... It’s up to him to see where life takes him.″

Paxson was not available for comment. Krause said the team expects to name a replacement soon.

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