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Sunday, December 11th, 2016

PAXSON GETS HIS JOB DONE

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John Paxson delivered for the Bulls last night. He got the guys he wanted. Some people aren’t too thrilled. The picks may turn out to be busts. But those that write and comment on such things should at least have some facts or maybe even watch the games.

Mike Downey shows again today he’d rather continue trying to be witty than actually have his facts straight.

“First of all, maybe he can rebound like Rodman, but he also shoots like Rodman. Many of the points he gets-and he doesn’t get that many-seem to come on putback rebounds. He has absolutely no range I have seen.”

First, Thomas averaged 12.3 points per game while playing an average of 25.9 minutes and didn’t even start the first nine games. Do the math. I would not be surprised if Mike Downey saw Thomas only in the UCLA game. And all reports speak of Thomas’ soft touch. If he had even watched some highlight clips, he’d see Thomas does indeed have a midrange game.

“I feel more comfortable facing the basket and on the perimeter,” Thomas said. “Once again, the critics don’t know. LSU was the first time I’ve played in the post. A lot of guys don’t know that. They’ll say, ‘He didn’t shoot the ball.’ Well, I didn’t shoot the ball because I didn’t shoot. They’ll say, ‘He didn’t put the ball on the floor well.’ Well, the offense didn’t let me put the ball on the floor. A lot of people make assumptions and don’t really look at the games. I have a little bit to prove and show what I can do.”

Exactly.

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