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Could give me your list of Bulls, among Kirk Hinrich, Ben Gordon, Luol Deng, Andres Nocioni and Tyrus Thomas, whom you would trade? Most people I've asked want Hinrich gone first or second, but I think he's been one of the best Bulls over the past few years and is in a slump that he will eventually snap out of. --Drew, Chicago
This is a great question I'm sure John Paxson is asking as well now that there's talk the Bulls could get Pau Gasol. Ben Gordon is invaluable with his scoring, but doesn't do that much else. He doesn't really run the offense, pass or defend. But they do count the points at the end of the game and no one on the Bulls does it better. Hinrich isn't quite the scorer, but is a better defender but probably doesn't quite have the point guard mentality of Duhon. Deng is the most consistent, able to do a little bit of everything. I know I still haven't answered. Nocioni is a nice specialist, tough guy and good shooter and Thomas is the best athlete of all but a bit away in skills.
I'd put Hinrich, Gordon and Deng together at the top and find them almost inseparable in value. If I had to I'd probably keep Gordon because of his unique scoring ability and Hinrich because he defends the best and can play point and score, though he's more an old-time guard like Danny Ainge. Good guards are harder to come by than good small forwards, which makes it tough because Deng might have a higher ceiling than Hinrich and Gordon and could improve the most, but it depends on whom you're trading for.
With a low-post scorer, I'd want to keep Gordon most to spread the floor. With a big guard scorer like Jason Richardson or Ray Allen, I'd want to keep Hinrich or Deng. I'd trade Nocioni and Thomas if I could get a power forward. I'd probably let Deng go first of the big three with regret, then Hinrich and Gordon -- and still not be sure. That's why the Gasol thing is going to be difficult, if not impossible.
Do you think Pau Gasol could be had for Tyrus Thomas, Andres Nocioni, Chris Duhon and a future first round pick? Or am I dreaming? --Curt, Farmington, N.M.
It's a nice dream for the Bulls. This is why this isn't going to happen soon, if at all. The Grizzlies apparently are asking for at least two of three from among Gordon, Deng and Hinrich. If that doesn't change, there will be no deal for the Bulls. I don't believe they'd give up two of the three. They'd like to keep all three, but might have to give up one. It will probably come down to the trading deadline, and if the Grizzlies don't have a better deal, then maybe the Bulls do it without disturbing their main core, though I doubt that.
What other teams will be competing with the Bulls for Gasol? Who, if anyone, can offer a package comparable to that of the Bulls? --Tim, Evergreen Park, Ill.
He's a nice piece, but the Bulls seem to have the most assets a team like that could use. If only they realized that as much as we do. Toronto has several young big men and could get in it. The Nets have talked about dealing Vince Carter, who is a bigger name than anyone the Bulls can offer. The Celtics have offered just about everyone but Paul Pierce. I can see the Cavs making a big offer or maybe Washington. The Bobcats and Hawks have plenty of young assets. They're unlikely to deal him West, but Portland would give them Zach Randolph, I assume Seattle would offer Rashard Lewis and the Warriors any number of players. It's going to get busy for the Grizzlies.
Why does John Paxson get a free pass for trading J.R. Smith and getting exactly nothing for him? I am sure he is not a Skiles/Paxson guy, but I think that quality is overrated. By my account, he was given to Denver and the Bulls have zero to show for it. Are the Bulls here to win games or pass judgment on character? --David Cox, Chicago
I can't say I disagree. The Bulls are loaded with guards and Smith never would have played. Who are you going to sit, Gordon? Hinrich? And Sefolosha eventually will be the bigger defensive guard they need. I'm interested to see how Smith does with Anthony and Iverson firing now. It's not like I heard a lot of people saying the team had to keep him after the trade. The fact is there are some issues with the guy; he's already stated he doesn't like to get up early to come to practice and character does matter. Not for the sake of judging someone or making the world better, but you need people you can count on and are reliable. Smith had not shown any of that with the Hornets and I'm interested to see what happens now with Anthony and Iverson running everything in Denver.
A couple questions on Jermaine O'Neal: I love his game but he's also a frustrating player to watch sometimes, like an SF in a center's body. He's got a great shooting touch and blocks like crazy, but seems to hate all the shoving in the post. What's with that? You beat on him some earlier this week for complaining about his team, which was a tacky thing for him to do. But O'Neal does work with some certifiable knuckleheads while he's been quite classy as he's literally grown up in the spotlight. How much of this "disgruntled player" stuff is manufactured by bored reporters with inches to fill and not much to say about a .500 team during the regular season? --Chris R., Chicago
With all the talk about Garnett, he may be the one to be traded because it seems clear the Pacers are close to breaking up their team. The big problem with O'Neal is the way you opened: He should be a power post player, but he doesn't like the contact. He prefers to wander outside and shoot jumpers. You don't need an $18 million power forward to do that. It's probably the big reason why the Pacers never have gone far in the playoffs with him despite that great talent. So they get rid of another of the knuckleheads in Stephen Jackson and I heard O'Neal was fine with letting Harrington go because Harrington was clogging things up for him in his 15-foot range and then O'Neal complains about the team being close and now having to start over. He's a guy who always seems to be upset with something, though he is not a major distraction. It's frustrating for a team and I wouldn't be surprised if the Pacers quietly begin taking bids on him.
Do you think both the Bulls and the Nuggets would trade Marcus Camby and Reggie Evans for Chris Duhon, PJ Brown and Tyrus Thomas? The Bulls would get a big guy who's an excellent defender and can score more than Brown to pair with Big Ben and the Nuggets would get a defensive-minded point guard, a project in Thomas and salary cap flexibility with Brown's contract. --Vasco Curado, Lisboa, Portugal
At least you're thinking from both sides, which is vital. But I doubt the Nuggets would give up their best defender for a project and a short term guy in P.J. I can tell you are a Bulls fan and not a Nuggets fan.
Are the Bulls too nice? Ben Wallace was brought in to add some toughness and grit to this squad. Instead, it appears that this team has softened up Wallace. Scott Skiles was the type of player who ate nails for breakfast. Why doesn't the character of this team reflect its leader? I'm not saying that these guys should play like thugs. There's no place for that in basketball. Gangsta-like stupidity aside, there does not seem to be much NBA-caliber backbone on Skiles' roster. Tough teams grab loose balls and finish lay-ups. Sans Andres Nocioni, could somebody on this team ingest some testosterone. --F.A. Bartkus, Coconut Creek, Fla.
I think this is frustrating to Skiles, who again talked about it after the loss to the Jazz. But I think there is a paradox in the Bulls' philosophy. The Bulls have made a point to try to build their team with high character people from good programs whom you can count on, players who love the game and love to practice and with whom you won't have problems. I agree with that. Yet, those types of people tend to avoid the physical nature of the game and like to play. Remember, Skiles was no angel in college. It's not like Hinrich, Gordon and Deng aren't tough guys. They get beat up pretty good and play very hard and aggressively and you see teams upset and take shots at them, like Miami, Detroit and Washington. But they're not by nature, other than Nocioni, physical people who look to mix it up. Ben looks the part, but it was always more image than reality. And he had crazy guys behind him like Rasheed Wallace.
Do you need it to win? I think the Bulls are OK, though still seem one guy short -- that tough power forward to score and throw his weight around. Maybe if Thomas gains some it will be him.
I'm frustrated the Bulls aren't beating the top-tier teams. From my vantage point, they'll always be an above-average team but will never seriously challenge for the NBA crown. The way the Knicks are playing, their pick probably won't land them an impact draft player. To stay the course, they won't beat any teams from the West. I say take a chance and make a deal for a proven scorer even if you have to trade some of the young talent. I think Hinrich, Nocioni, Duhon and Thomas are all expendable. Paxson's philosophy can only go so far. They really need to get an elite player that can score consistently. --Ron, Pasadena, Calif.
Perhaps Pau Gasol, who seems available now. Those guys don't seem to move too often. And if you think those guys are all expendable, why would a team give up a star for one? There are other reasons, like a guy wanting to be traded, which has been the hope for Garnett and Gasol. Kirilenko? Jermaine O'Neal? Zach Randolph? None seem to be the ideal fit over Garnett or Gasol, two role-playing stars who can't carry a team but need the kind of supporting players the Bulls have. The fact is the Bulls have beaten the elite teams from the East. They've had big games against Miami, Detroit, Cleveland and Indiana. They clearly are a notch below the top Western teams, but you get to the Finals by beating the teams in your conference. Not to say the Bulls are the favorite, but they have a chance against any of those teams. And if you get to the Finals, you only have to beat one Western team, which could panic, like Dallas did last season.
Why is it that this Bulls team appears very mechanical without much display of emotion? When other teams make a run, score some key baskets, there is a lot of chest bumping and thumping. But when the Bulls score big they just put their heads down and run back to their end. Makes me mad! Is that also an edict by Skiles and Paxson? --Jeet, Evanston, Ill.
It's not an edict, but I do think there's too much chest bumping for making layups. You do see a reasonable amount of healthy emotion from the team in close games. What they don't have are the NFL type of morons who do a dance 20 points behind when they make a tackle or prepare a routine for making a score. They are professionals you can be proud of by their behavior. We talk about so-called old school players who respect the game, themselves and their opponent, and when we get those people we want them to act like idiots?
Are people comparing Kirk Hinrich to Steve Nash because they are both white or because neither looks like a basketball player? In my opinion, they have such different styles of play. I just can't see this comparison at all. Nash's game is centered around creativity, fast break, and making his teammates better. Hinrich's style of offense is just totally different, and much of his assists come from designed plays. I think Hinrich is much more like Derek Harper. --Farhan, Rio Rancho, N.M.
Wouldn't be bad to be like Harper, who had a heck of an NBA career. The reason you hear the comparison on occasion, and Steve Kerr makes it often on TNT and I'd say he knows something about the position and Nash since he is an advisor for the Suns, is that Hinrich carries the ball through the defense and often comes out the other side, keeping his dribble as he looks for openings to pass and can make a deep shot. No, Hinrich is no Nash and probably never will be because of decision making. But Nash may soon be a three-time MVP and that's rare in the history of the game. There is no other Steve Nash, but Hinrich is pretty darned good.
You said no team has four players making high salaries, so the Bulls would only sign Gordon and Deng if they make the Finals or at least the ECF. Are you sure about this? What about Phoenix with Nash, Stoudemire, Marion, Diaw, Barbosa and I think even Marcus Banks got a little nice contract. If this is so, how was Phoenix management able to do this? --Derek, The Netherlands
You are right to a point, but they did let Joe Johnson and Tim Thomas go rather than pay them. Barbosa makes about the exception and Diaw is under eight figures at about a $9-million average. So they have three eight figure players. They also have three all-pro players in Nash, Stoudemire and Marion. The Bulls have none. If the Bulls had four players at that level, they'd pay them, I believe. And as I said, if they made the Finals, I believe they'd probably take care of all of them. Despite the reputation, the history of the franchise always has been to pay its players and to take care of their players if they left, like Pippen, getting his big deal with Houston only because the Bulls made accommodations. But Phoenix already is looking to get rid of Banks to limit their payroll and might make other such moves if the season isn't an ultimate success.
With the Knicks playing better and flirting with the Titanic ... sorry, Atlantic division title, the pick the Bulls got back from the Knicks may not result in a lottery pick. Could the Bulls send something to a woeful team, maybe the Hawks, for their pick? You know, open up a second shot in the Oden sweepstakes? It sounds like Oden is exactly the kind of young, low-post guy the Bulls need. If you were Paxson and had to structure something to get a guaranteed high pick in addition to the pick from the Knicks, what would you do? --Jeffrey, Singapore
Forget it. Oden is going to be great and no one is going to give up a shot at him. My guess is you couldn't get him for any player in the league but the half dozen or so MVP candidates. But don't despair. I believe the Nets win that division and the Knicks end up in the lottery. The league could make a mistake thinking the Knicks still have the pick and fix it like they did in 1985 with Patrick Ewing and ... oh, right, we're not supposed to mention that or the Warren Commission report.
If Scott Skiles had not re-signed with the Bulls, do you feel all these misguided fans who are now calling for his removal would be lamenting the fact he is no longer with us and would be wishing for his return? We Chicago fans have such short memories, don't we? --Jack Drummond, West Richland, Wash.
Exactly. I like to publish the emails I get in proportion to total responses to give people an idea of the mood of my reading community that week. It's why I ran so many about Skiles last week. Frankly, I was surprised myself. He is a very good coach, but after two weeks with the backup quarterback doesn't everyone want the other guy back? It's not Chicago fans; it's sports fans. That's part of the fun really, the debate, the possibilities, the contingencies. He is a good coach, but it is a player's game in the NBA and the Bulls have some good players. When he leaves the Bulls, and in this business it's always a when, he'll get another job right away, and then another after that. Overall, he's one of the better coaches around. No, he's not perfect. Perhaps his people skills aren't always the best, but Rosie O'Donnell has a TV show and hers seem awful. Heck, if Skiles were an American Idol judge, he'd be the nice guy.
Wow, I think everyone in this city has gone mad. Maybe it's the confusion about wanting to root for Rex and needing to hate him for some bizarre reason. Why does everyone in town want to run Scott Skiles out? Good week, bad week, its the NBA; it is supposed to be a roller coaster ride. That's why the Bulls have a circus trip at the start of every year. The ride begins with the first big drop that everyone sees coming and can do nothing but brace themselves for. Scott Skiles is an above-average NBA coach. Bulls fans had the great fortune of watching one of the best teams, with some of the best players, in one of the best eras in professional sports. We also had a great coach who let his ego and personality help destroy two dynasties. What we have now is less of an anomaly. We have a good organization with good players and good coaches who work hard. This is reality in sports and life. If they continue to work hard and improve and are in the right position at the right time they might, just maybe get within striking distance of a championship, then they will have a puncher's chance. So, insanity aside, the one thing I saw in the past two weeks is the glut of comparable talent. The Bulls have no superstars but they have a front line of above-average players, they also have a fleet of better-than-average, overachieving substitutes. Their problem is they need about three fewer guys and one more difference maker. How can they package Brown, Duhon, Sweetney, and two of their top picks over the next two drafts to get a serious power forward? Forget KG! Who can they get? --Skokie Pete, Skokie, Ill.
Shareef, Melvin Ely. Look, as I often note, you don't get much for the guys you don't want. Though I have fun with the trade speculation and always feel it's a good way to look at the league in another way by examining other teams and their needs, the likelihood is the Bulls will have to try to get lucky in the draft to get their missing piece. Lucky and smart. Would you like to have Gilbert Arenas, Michael Redd, Carlos Boozer, Manu Ginobili? They were all second-round picks. Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash weren't top 10. You can get a great player other than the top of the draft, and the Bulls might just have to be patient and look in that direction. Though I intend to continue to help them find someone more quickly. Jermaine O'Neal? Zach Randolph? Nick Collison? Gasol? The Chicago Tribune trade machine is working for you.
I cannot believe the amount of email you have received blasting Skiles. Have people forgotten what he has done? Three years ago he led a team made up of mostly players under 24 from 0-9 to the No. 4 seed in the playoffs for god's sake!!! This year the Bulls started 3-9 and now are in position to compete for the top seed--not mention the fact that he always gets the squad playing its best basketball down the stretch. How long until you just tell everyone to shut up? --Winson Giordano, Fredericksburg, Va.
Haven't gotten a job offer from the View yet.
With the result of the big Pacers-Warriors trade, I have the feeling that some other team can get lucky. Indiana still needs a PG and Golden State now has too many egos and too many shooting options. Yes, Jason Richards has to be available! How can our Bulls win from this situation? --Simao, Oporto, Portugal
I don't think they will, and I'm not sure the Pacers or Warriors will either. It clearly was a situation with two desperate teams. I think last season the Bulls would have been seriously interested in Richardson. But I doubt it now with his knee issues this season and with the Bulls getting Sefolosha as that big defensive guard down the road to go with Gordon's scoring. I'm sure Indiana would like to move Tinsley, too, but I don't see much they have to interest the Bulls. I also think Golden State will look to move Pietrus, but it's size the Bulls need and Golden State doesn't have it to spare. Adonal Foyle? Not likely.
Do you think the Bulls are a better team with out Ben Wallace, and possibly better with PJ? The two games he sat out, the Bulls seemed to dominate, and have looked flat with him back. --Mike, Albrightsville, Penn.
It's tempting to say so, but I wouldn't go quite that far. The Bulls could be better if he showed more enthusiasm and wasn't complaining about injuries so much. You don't hear Hinrich, Deng and Gordon moaning almost daily about stiff necks and the nonsense Wallace keeps bringing up. Wallace isn't a force anymore, but he does get respect from officials and stays out of foul trouble, which keeps opponents out of the bonus. He chases on the floor and does disrupt some plays. And he does pursue rebounds. He's more consistent than special, but I'd probably cut back his minutes and give Tyrus Thomas more time.
I wish someone in the sports media would point out the "net +" figure (see:http://www.82games.com/0607/0607CHI.HTM) for Ben Wallace. The "net +" figure for a player indicates the relative difference a player makes to his team's scoring differential when he's on and off the floor. It's a useful statistic, because you can compare all the players in the league to see how much they help their teams. Wallace's figure of -15.4 is the worse of any player in the NBA who has played more than 50 percent of his team's minutes. In fact, I believe he is even the worst for any player drawn from a larger group of those who has played more than 30 percent of his team's minutes, but I haven't checked this yet. The bottom line is that the Bulls play much better, both offensively and defensively (see http://www.82games.com/0607/0607CHI1.HTM), when Wallace is off the floor. They would be much better giving more minutes to Thomas and Sweetney -- especially when the opposing team is in the free-throw penalty situation. --Martin Purvis, Dunedin, New Zealand
Here's the sad part: You're not even on our side of the world and you can see this, too. Statistics can be somewhat deceiving in basketball because of the unique team elements. I recall an ESPN stat thing last year listing Ben Gordon as the Bulls' best defender. Clearly, that guy wasn't watching the games, just box scores. But Ben Wallace has remained a major disappointment and I think we're coming close to another headband type episode. The guy's history is to act out when things don't go well. The Pistons babysat him way more than anyone here knew was necessary. You'd think paying him so much was the ultimate sign of respect. But he's clearly a headcase who needs more support. Perhaps if the Bulls can get Gasol, that will take some pressure off Wallace. But he's been a major disappointment and I feel badly for the Bulls for going out and putting out the red carpet for the guy and forgetting their poop bag for all the mess he's been creating. I feel badly myself for supporting the Bulls' decision and hope Wallace has enough pride and professionalism to decide to live up to his obligations come playoff time.
After watching the Bulls lose pathetically to the Pacers this morning I noticed something about the way a certain player was playing defense on the interior. Ben Wallace just looked bored down there, lacked any kind of energy, didn't front the post, and basically gave Jermaine O'Neal all the space in the world to do his thing. I was wondering whether a trade for Darko could solve the Bulls' need for an interior scorer, i.e. a cheaper alternative to Pau Gasol. Would Darko fit into the Bulls' system? --Ben, Hong Kong
Darko for Ben? No, I don't think we're going there. Ben's not there yet even if he seems to be losing interest. It does happen before the All-Star break with a lot of players, so we'll see if he wants to get it together for the stretch. I'm not a big Darko fan. If you think Ben looks disinterested, watch that guy. He's barely got a pulse.
How tradable is Ben Wallace considering his age and contract? My hunch is not very, but I was wondering how much of a demand there would be for a player like him, all factors considered. --Dan Davus, Chicago
Probably not much at this point with the long contract. I remain hopeful the Bulls will get more out of him and I doubt they are even considering dealing him. He's not quite the bust category yet, but perhaps his wife can get his attention. There always were stories in Detroit when he was playing badly of her getting him going. I hope she's watching.
Wow. I cannot believe what a bunch of crybaby fans we have!!! Talk about a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately culture we live in. Fire Skiles, trade Kirk...I thought these guys all deserved to be All Stars or the coach of the year!? It really sickens me how quickly people turn. Ben Wallace and Tyson are averaging just about the same numbers. I admit, he does have better hands and is a better passer. But do you think we can send him back to Detroit?? His body language and stories of him crying on the phone to his boys in Detroit would suggest that is where he wants to be. I say send us Mohammed and a draft pick. --Rick Downs, Chicago
It's interesting but I don't think the Pistons really wanted Ben back. I think they made the kind of offer they knew he wouldn't accept. I think they believe he had another good year, and he might be good in the playoffs if they can cut his minutes some. But I think the Pistons were running into financial issues with Billups up for a contract and were ready to make some changes as a team, as you see they are doing. I think they knew their run with that group was over, so it's smart not to pay guys who won for you when they are past their prime. The fans seemed to buy it. The Bulls wanted to take a chance on a good veteran and I can't argue with that. I don't see the Pistons trading in the division for now and probably will move Mohammed out west.
Hey, love the name! I also love Tyrus Thomas! Why do our fans dismiss him in trade rumors so quickly? He's only 19, and he is by far the best athlete on the Bulls. People make comparisons to Stromile Swift, but I think Tyrus has a better attitude and has higher basketball IQ. What's with all the skeptics? --Sam Smith, St. Louis
You are doing a disservice to the name by being to rational. And by the way, do you have trouble getting them to make a take-out pizza for you, too? It's not so much to dump Tyrus--I think he's going to be really good--but the big deals involve getting a power forward, which is his position. There's a great chance to go for it now and to take it, you have to give up something very good you like.
Do you think the Pacers trade makes Paxson a little more proactive in trying to land a low-post scorer? Nazr Mohammed and Brad Miller are a couple of names that come to mind. --Tuan D., Moline, Ill.
Not so much because because it doesn't appear the Pacers or Pistons are measurably better by the additions they made.
What about Eddie Jones? He's a jump shooter and many rumors have him heading out of Memphis. Can Paxson make a deal? --Jaime Martinez, Chicago
I think he eventually gets bought out and goes to Miami, where he is from. It's another flaw in the NBA system where the richer and better teams can keep adding cheap talent. You can't trade for his contract because he makes too much and isn't worth giving up players for at this point in his career.
If the Bulls do make a multi-player trade to bring in a big name like Pau Gasol, Jermaine O'Neal or Kevin Garnett, do you see them approaching former Bulls Toni Kukoc or Antonio Davis to fill out the roster? While their best days are clearly behind them, both could contribute something in spot minutes during a playoff run. --Chris Feldman, Dubuque, Iowa
I like that idea. I know Toni would love another shot with the Bulls, but I doubt he's in shape for now. Davis has told them he's retired, but I can see him coming back for a playoff run. If they do dump all their expiring contracts on a team like Memphis, they'd need some help to fill out the roster and those are two good names. The Bulls would be appealing because they'd have a good shot at the Finals and I think they could interest a number of veterans now sitting out.
Come on Sam, make it happen: Hinrich and the No. 1 for Corey Maggette. If he's healthy and he wants to run in his home town, and really plays his heart out, the Bulls become much better. Kirk is too inconsistent. My only reservations are if Maggette is lazy and if he isn't 100 percent healthy. --Trey, Merrillville, Ind.
Those are some pretty big reservations. Check, please. Maggette doesn't fit as well this season with all the guards they have. Though you can always use a lazy injured guy. Maggette is an interesting case, the ideal sixth man who wants to start. The Bulls already have that.
I'm convinced Kirk Hinrich and Rex Grossman are long-lost brothers. They are both the best players at their respective positions their teams have had in decades, yet these 'experts' are constantly ripping them and want them to lose their jobs or get traded. Be careful for what you wish for. Kirk is not overrated. I'm not exactly sure where these people get these mysterious ratings, but they are erroneous if they think KH is a detriment to the Bulls. From what I recall, we missed the playoffs with players like Elton Brand, Ron Artest, Jamal Crawford, Jalen Rose, yet somehow, despite the "detriment" that Kirk brings, they have made the postseason two of his three years and it will soon be three out of four. I'd like to give a Josh Smith salute to all of your wonderful e-mailers. --Scott, Northbrook, Ill.
I kind of like this the way so many have rallied to the defense of Skiles and Hinrich the last two weeks. I've been checking and I think all the critical e-mail came from New York and Philadelphia, where they like everyone to share in their own despair. I do love that Grossman and Manning, the two quarterbacks who couldn't get to the Super Bowl, are there, though I wasn't happy to hear all the Colts guys thanking God afterward for the win. Except He probably hates Bill Belichick, too.
I just read the article about the possible Gasol trade. Would we really have to give up Hinrich or Thomas? I have been a huge Hinrich fan since he was at Kansas and would probably cry if he were traded! I know he is no superstar but he is my favorite player in the league. What is your honest opinion of him? Is he as overrated as some say or do you see a solid, gritty, all-around player who is the best decision maker on this team like I do? --Steven Schnakenberg, Waymart, Penn.
It's all just speculation now and not even any certainty the Bulls would do a deal. Plus, dealing with Jerry West is a little like dealing with Billy Beane in baseball. He's always trying to outsmart the other guy and the Bulls might walk away from any demands for too much. I don't hear the Bulls that eager to trade their top players. I think Hinrich is terrific and would want him on my team anytime. Unfortunately for him, I don't have a team.
I was watching the T-Wolves/Pistons game recently), and one of the commentators mentioned how so-and-so was a steal in the second round. I was wondering who's the starting five for the All Second Round Team? --Chris, Forest Park, Ill.
It's a good team: Carlos Boozer, Mehmet Okur, Gilbert Arenas, Michael Redd, Manu Ginobili. Also Trenton Hassell, Earl Watson, Bobby Simmons, Rascul Butler, Darius Sonagila, Luke Walton, Varejao, Rashard Lewis, Chris Duhon, Monta Ellis, Stephen Jackson and Ruben Patterson to name a few. It's why good scouting is so important.
What the hell is up with Chicago fans? I'm a native Chicagoan, and I'm embarrassed. We have a football team with a great record and now in the Super Bowl and all they do is whine and complain. Enjoy it! And the Bulls are, on most any given night, the most exciting team in the NBA to watch. They generally play with a relentlessness you never see in a sports team, seem to all be model citizens, and the coach manages to get more out of them then one would think he could. Their M.O. seems to be that they work out the kinks in the early part of the season then pour it on. Where can we trade these fans, will anyone take them, and if so what can we get for them? --Bodie, Los Angeles
You don't get it, do you? We're cold. We can't go outside or we'll die. Are you writing this on your laptop from the beach? Our beach is under ice. You roller blade; we skid on the ice. Sometimes we don't see the sun for weeks. The El breaks down and the cab driver doesn't have change, the bus splashes big puddles all over our coats and they're still doing that damned road construction, not a single guy working and two of the three lanes shut for five miles. And the expressway--yeah, expressway my butt--is three lanes wide and the few hours it's not rush hour they're doing road work. In the winter, too, so there's no break. The car is perpetually dirty and good luck keeping your shoes clean for 10 seconds. Good luck getting your side street plowed and hope some chunk of ice doesn't fall off a building and decapitate you. It will be four months until we can plan something outside and you better be wearing your stocking cap, gloves and scarf for the baseball openers. NOW WHAT WAS YOUR FREAKIN QUESTION!?