BULLS SEASON IN SHAMBLES
So Scott Skiles heads out of Chicago unable to shake the brand of being a great point A to B coach, but eluded by that crafty Point C. That’s a shame. Perhaps he lost the team as has been reported. And if so, he likely had to go. But best of luck to John Paxson–he’ll need it trying to find a better coach.
Bulls guard Chris Duhon lays it on the table:
Duhon said in informal discussions among players there was this consensus: “If your excuse why you were not playing well was Scott, there’s no more excuses. If you want to be the team we expected to be and know we can be, nobody has an excuse. You have to go out and play. Don’t have any more excuses. If you’re supposed to be a $60 million man, go out and prove it.”
Perhaps Duhon is wondering why Hinrich and Gordon get big money offers when he’s consistently outplaying them both. Maybe he’s talking about Luol Deng and/or Ben Wallace.
Speaking of Wallace, is there really any need for him anymore? This year is basically shot, at least in terms of pre-season expectations. Oh, they still might sneak into the playoffs but it’s obvious this team is going nowhere.
Can Pax even move him? Would one of the contending teams in the West want him? Dallas? Portland? Utah? Gordon Giricek is in the doghouse and has an expiring contract. Might that look good to Paxson? He’s also the bigger type of guard the Bulls need. Maybe no one even wants Wallace.
And if the Bulls still want to keep Ben Gordon and Luol Deng after this season, they might actually get off cheaper than had they signed them to the reported offers. They can match any offers as they are both restricted free agents.
No matter what happens, we all know what’s coming next: “Hello, Isiah? It’s Pax.”
RELATED: SI’s Steve Aschburner talks about Jim Boylan as the replacement for Skiles.