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Monday, December 5th, 2016

BULLS FANS- YES OR NO ON KOBE?

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Today’s Trib is peppered with stories about Kobe Bryant, and whether or not he will becomes a Bull. Mike Downey references a video that virally made its way to most basketball fans–about 6 months ago. But I digress.

With the Bulls drafting Joakim Noah and their continued nagging about Tyrus Thomas, I can now see a Bulls-Lakers deal happening. Sort of. I still don’t think it will happen. If Kobe comes to the Bulls, Ben Gordon–the Jon Garland of Bulls trade rumors–would be a superfluous part of the puzzle, so obviously he’d head west too.

So Thomas and Gordon. What else? I’d say Nocioni. He can be traded, but not right away due to his recent contract signing. Deng? Ha. Hinrich? Not a chance. Thabo? Draft picks? What else do you add? Is there enough to even make the deal when you add up salaries?

Then there’s this matter: do you even want Kobe here?

I don’t really like Kobe. I’m not a fan. But I love to watch him play. In that regard I would like to see him every night. And he probably would come here extremely hungry for another title. I just worry if at some point he would big-time the Bulls with demands, pouting, etc.

But again, we likely won’t see Kobe as a Bull. Right?

  • PV

    I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t want Kobe here – even though I keep thinking I should. Objectively, the chance to get a player of his caliber is too rare to pass up. I actually think he’d be a good soldier if he came here, and buy into the program – it’s not as if he doesn’t want to play D. And if the deal didn’t include Hinrich or Deng, it’d prolly be a good one for the Bulls. But still…

    I’ve grown to really like this Bulls team, and I’m so looking forward to seeing how far they can go, growing together organically – I’m not totally convinced yet they need a “superstar” to win it, or that they don’t already have that player(s) on the team.

    It’s an interesting conundrum for the fan – at what price a championship? Would I rather see my team win with a mercenary? Or maybe fall short, but do so getting the most of out admirable, likable players?

    I’m somewhat surprised at myself, but I think I’d prefer the latter in this case.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    “It’s an interesting conundrum for the fan – at what price a championship? Would I rather see my team win with a mercenary? Or maybe fall short, but do so getting the most of out admirable, likable players?

    I’m somewhat surprised at myself, but I think I’d prefer the latter in this case.”

    I’m right with you. I love this team. And he brings no guarantee of a championship anyway.

  • Schmidty

    I’m firmly against Kobe coming here. I like this Bulls team and want to watch them grow. They’d have to give up way too much depth and a couple of starters potentially to make the salaries match. Makes no sense, and the only argument is the “you need a stuperstar to win in the NBA”. I think we’re seeing that less and less…let’s see, how many titles have KG, LeBron, Kidd, et al won? Duncan’s in that class, but he’s had a great supporting cast drawn from lower level draft picks and free agent castaways that fit in well. Look at the Pistons…no superstars. Look at the college game…the teams that win are fundamentally sound and play well as a team. I think we’re coming up on another renaissance in pro hoops and a return to teamwork and fundamentals, thanks to our “superstars” getting it handed to them in the past few Olympics. Anyway, that’s my two cents!

  • PB

    Why would the Bulls want to bring in an older player? They’re doing a good job building for the future. Kobe has two years left in the league (according to him). What if he decided to retire after one year, leaving the Bulls with some serious holes to fill? Keep him in LALA land. FIRE MILLEN MANG!

  • dhaab

    This is much ado about nothing. Kobe ain’t coming to Chicago.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Oh harumph. But I hope you’re right. Which is not to say I wouldn’t embrace if he did end up here.

    If he’s traded, Chicago is certainly one of the viable destinations.

    FIRE MILLEN MANG!!! (hey, why not)

  • http://www.windycitysportsblog.com WindyCitySportsBlog.com

    The thing I love about the Bulls is that built from within. They’ve drafted well and added Wallace when needed. I only see Kobe coming in and trying to replace the hysteria of Jordan and trying to win games on his own while neglecting other contributors, especially Luol Deng. Deng is coming into his own as a top-tier player and I only see his attempts begin to decrease. I could be wrong and Kobe could come to the Bulls with a completely different mind set and the notion to prove he can without Shaq, but the bigger problem would probably be his relationship with Skiles who would have no problem criticizing his performance, work ethic, and leadership.

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