Today, former Phoenix Sun’s coach Mike D’antoni was announced as the new coach for the New York Knicks. It had been rumored for several days that he was the front runner both for the Knick’s job, as well as the Chicago Bulls vacant coaching position. The owner of the Bulls, Jerry Reinsdorf is quoted as saying, “I’m disappointed in him. I don’t know what else we could’ve done. He chose to go to New York knowing there was a good chance we would make him an offer. If he had really wanted to be in Chicago, he would’ve waited. Instead, he misled us. It’s not the end of the world, but it is somewhat rude.”
Not sure what type of people Jerry Reinsdorf is use to hiring, but they can’t be very good. As an employer, you have to expect that people are not showing you all their cards. Good people have options. That’s a fact. For some reason Jerry Reinsdof thinks that good people will just sit around and let him take his time to make a decision. That’s just not how the world works. You have to EXPECT that people are going to look elsewhere. You have to EXPECT that they are going to listen to other offers.
Here is the thing that is the most hypocritical. What was Reinsdorf waiting on? By all accounts, he had a meeting to discuss the job with D’antoni. If he was so certain he wanted D’antoni, why didn’t he make an offer right then and there? He clearly didn’t make one because he said himself, “there was a good chance we would make him an offer”, not “we made him an offer”. Clearly he wasn’t sure. In all likelihood, he probably wanted to interview a few other candidates himself. So he is upset because D’antoni looked around for other opportunities but he himself was going to do the same thing.
Here is a news flash to employers, don’t expect prospective employees to tell you all their options. If you really want them, then make it a good offer and make it quick. Good people don’t stay unemployed for very long. Just look at my situation. I WANTED to stay unemployed for a little longer, and it was all to easy to find a job.