John MacBethPaxson is a former basketball players and is currently the basketball administrator for NBA since 2009.

Personal life

John attended Archbishop Alter School in Ohio. He has an elder brother, Jim. He took his college education from University of Dayton. His father James Paxson played in NBA for two years for Minneapolis Lakers and the Cincinnati Royals. His brother played for Portland Trail Blazers and Boston Celtics for 11 years. His grandfather, Jim Paxson Sr. was a basketball player for Minneapolis Lakers.

He married Carolyn Paxson and has two sons, Ryan and Drew with her. Ryan is serving in the Marines corps. John once stated that Ryan wrote a five page letter to him and his wife stating that he wanted to join the Marines. He said that he was proud of his son. As of 2013, Ryan was engaged. It is not known whether or not he is married. John has talked a lot about his son’s assignment in Afghanistan and how he felt when there was no proper communication from his son, during his duty.

His relationship with his wife is assumed to be strong as there are no rumors about separations or other problems. It is assumed that their marriage is going smooth. There are no rumors about divorce, extra marital affair or domestic violence. His dating life with Carolyn is not known to media. His past girlfriends before Carolyn are not known to media. He was not married or engaged, when he met Carolyn. His wedding was a private ceremony and did not attract a lot of media attention.

His net worth is 4 million dollars as of 2015. His current net worth, salary details and other financial details are not known to media. There are not a lot of details about his younger son in media. Many years ago, John stated that Drew was playing tennis for his college team. John’s childhood details and his relationship with Jim are not known to media. He once stated that his father was his role model and thus, it is assumed that he had a good relationship with his father. His mother’s name is not known to the media.


He played college basketball in University of Notre Dame. In 1983, he was selected in NBA draft by San Antonio Spurs. He played for two seasons with the Spurs and then was signed with Chicago Bulls, as a free agent. He has started 369 games in his careers and has an average of 7.2 point with 3.6 assists per game.

After his retirement from playing, Phil Jackson hired him as an assistant coach for the Bulls in 1995. After the season, he resigned to join radio broadcasting. He was later asked to be the head coach for Washington Wizards but, he declined the offer.

In 2003, he left his radio job to begin his career as VP of Basketball Relationships of Bulls. Within a few year, he was promoted to be the GM of Bulls. After informal behavior with Del Negro in 2010, Gar Forman for replaced as the GM. John continues his career biography as the VP of the team.

Last Modified: May 14, 2020

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