THE STATE OF THE BULLS
Leave it to a Celtics Blog to breakdown the Bulls. They write–and I agree–that Derrick Rose is already the best player on an awkward Bulls team. The article also serves as an indictment of John Paxson, even if it’s not meant to be. It’s an article worth reading.
“It isn’t a particularly good team that he is leading, so perhaps some would say that this makes it easier for him to become a centerpiece so quickly as compared to, say, Michael Beasley, who plays alongside Dwyane Wade in Miami. But it’s not so much just the fact that Derrick Rose is already the Bulls’ best player than it is that plus his ability to take group that has been so oddly put together and make it competitive on a night-in, night-out basis.”
I was listening to the game in the car the other night, thinking about what an odd collection of players they have become. I wondered why John Paxson did not move any of the players that seem superfluous. Maybe he tried to swing deals and noboby wanted them. But even if that was the case, they’re still players Paxson selected or acquired.
Until the end of summer I was a fixture in Paxson’s corner. Now I have my doubts. I’m not sure there is a valid excuse for not acquiring a solid low-post player. But I’m willing to wait it out a bit more. Gooden and Gordon’s contracts will expire at year’s end, if they are not moved by the deadline. Hughes might also be movable by then and Pax has shown an ability to rid the Bulls of bad contracts. Nocioni has some market value. The book is still out on Noah, Sefolosha and Thomas. And while Paxson fell into some luck by obtaining the first pick, he made the right choice in taking Rose.
As much as fans want greatness to happen right now, it takes time. Paxson once got the Bulls close to playing for a conference title, and he needs time to try and do it again.