In December, when they beat the Wizards for their first win of the season, Bulls players handed the game ball to coach Billy Donovan. Without missing a beat, Donovan gave it to Karnisovas. The team’s new VP, who wooed both Donovan and GM Marc Eversley in the off-season, has become the most watched figure in the beleaguered Bulls’ front-office revamp. An adept draft talent spotter, particularly in Europe (where he played professionally and led Lithuania to two Olympic bronze medals in the ’90s), he polished his management bona fides with the Denver Nuggets and is now tasked with making Chicago fans forget all about those wretched GarPax years.