Sunday, April 20th, 2014

BULLS ADD EVERYTHING BUT PLAYERS

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I read this morning that the Chicago Bulls added a slew of assistant coaches. They also recently added a new play by play announcer in Chuck Swirsky. They have added a new Head Coach. So…how about adding some new players?

Sure, Derrick Rose was the big draft pick. But since then? Nothing. And they may have even lost a player as Ben Gordon recently said, “I guess it’s safe to say I’ve played my last game in a Bulls uniform”. Training camp opens on Monday and the Gordon situation remains unresolved. I find it difficult to fathom that he will turn down 6 years and 60 million guaranteed dollars, but athletes are a strange breed. My point is this: why is this even an issue? Why isn’t Gordon signed & traded? Is it because nobody wants him?

I’m not the biggest Ben Gordon fan. But he fills it up and the Bulls don’t have anyone like him. He shoots the 3 at a high percentage and averaged almost 19 a game last season.

But enough about him. Wasn’t this the offseason that Paxson was going to consolidate some of his gains? Exactly how do you find the minutes to keep Rose, Thabo, Hughes, Hinrich, Nocioni and Thomas productive–and happy? Isn’t that asking a lot of a first-time head coach?

Drew Gooden averaged 14 & 9 after coming over from the Cavs. I think that’s sustainable. And I’m interested to see if Deng progresses, Noah in year 2 and of course, Rose.

The Bulls could be a lot of fun. In the best scenario I see Thomas, Noah and Deng flying down the wings with Rose leading the break. I can see the very young Bulls running teams off the court with their speed and depth, and being very aggressive on D.

There’s definitely reason for optimism. I’m just surprised the the roster from June is the same one today.

[tags]Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose, Ben Gordon, John Paxson[/tags]

  • http://www.docksquadsports.com docksquad

    Nice post. I’ve been asking myself this same question for months. When the hell r we going to do something with our roster?

    Let’s hope Paxson has a plan, even though I don’t think he does.

  • JKDilla

    I see Tyrus Thomas as an inconsistent head case whose trade value decreases as the season progresses. Look at what Beasley did to him at Summer League. 3 years in the league and he’s improved zero percent. BUST!

    I see Joakim Noah as a Tyson Chandler type with better handles. I’d only expect that kind of productivity though if D-Rose gets playing time and the Bulls don’t baby him.

    Thabo only got better when he got significant playing time, and he became real dependable when he started. He needs to spend a lot of time on the court as well regardless of if it’s at 1,2 or 3.

  • http://www.ballerblogger.com Brandon Hoffman

    This season could very well make or break Tyrus Thomas’ career.

    Chicago is better off without Ben Gordon. He’s never going to be satisfied with the hierarchy of the team. And he’s nowhere near as valuable as Luol Deng or Derrick Rose will be.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Exactly B. And once he gets paid? I’m very surprised Pax has yet to move him. As for Thomas, perhaps Del Negro will be better suited to get the most out of him.

  • dhaab

    Optimistic with this roster? Let’s hope Gordon doesn’t continue to look like he has. If he does, this team could be really bad.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Well dude, you know I’m always optimistic before any season for any Chicago team. Although excited and intrigued are probably better terms, because I have no expectations like I did last year for the Bulls.

  • dhaab

    Sorry, I meant Rose instead of Gordon.
    I think he’s gotten off to quite a rocky start.

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