I have a debate going with my imaginary friend, Phil Perdue, about what the initials in your name stand for. I say it's for Kris Carlton. Phil says Kenneth Chandler. Please, K.C., Phil and I have to know before we die! By the way, I can't believe that no other Bulls fan has asked what your initials stand for. I hope this lets you know that there is at least one diehard fan who cares about you and doesn't just regard you as an e-mail answering monkey. --Kyle Minx, Garland, Texas
With the recent poor play of Joakim Noah and the grief a lot of Bulls fans give Paxson, I was wondering if you believe there is a better player now who was drafted lower than Noah whom the Bulls should have taken. The only names that interest me are Thaddeus Young and Al Thorton. However those players seem to play three position which the Bulls already have a glut of players. --Mike, St. Charles, Ill.
Agreed on Young and Thornton. The big debate is whether you'd rather have Noah or Spencer Hawes, whom the Bulls considered. Hawes battled injuries and playing time issues last season but is quietly having a strong season for a horrible Kings team. As of this writing, he's shooting 47.9 percent and averaging 12.3 points and 7.4 rebounds. Noah, if you'll recall, probably would've gone top three had he come out a year earlier. He certainly looks like he's regressing from his rookie to second season while Hawes appears to be going the other way, so that argument is valid.
I like Rodney Stuckey's game, but he's a guard and the Bulls have too many of those. To me, the only debate is Noah or Hawes.
What do you think about maybe trading Nocioni for Antoine Walker or Hughes and Nocioni or possibly throwing Tyrus Thomas in the deal since Memphis wants a youth movement? Memphis was interested in Noce in the summer of 2007 when the Bulls re-signed him and Walker can post up for the Bulls and hit the long range shots. He's not the traditional big man but he can give the team some high percentage shots. He's wasting away in Memphis and I think at 32 years old he can be fairly close to the player he was in his first stint with the Celtics. --Warren Hunte, Suitland, Md.
I think Antoine's best days are long gone and his three-point shooting ability dropped considerably the last two seasons in which he actually played. No thanks.
If Allen Iverson makes the All-Star over Derrick Rose, that's wrong, right? --Shams, Chicago
Hello, after the Bulls game with the Wizards and during the postgame interview, Vinny asked you to stop laughing in front of a Chicago TV audience. What was going on man? --Fred, Mount Prospect, Ill.
Vinny joked that 31 assists is a normal game for the often-selfish Bulls. I laughed like a second-grader. He good-naturedly called me on it. And to think: I hadn't even had a postgame beer yet.
You insist that GMs do not factor in fans' preferences and thoughts on personnel decisions. But it is the fans who pay for personnel, including the GM, more so than Jerry Reinsdorf. Should the GMs listen to fans in close calls? --Bulls Scuds, Lake Forest, Ill.
Players, in my opinion, have the responsibility of being professional, maximizing their talent and playing as hard as they can because organizations pay them and fans support them and help pay their salaries. (Remember that teams make money through corporate sponsorships and the like as well, not just ticket revenue.) General managers have the responsibility of putting the best product possible on the court because owners pay them and fans help pay their salaries. But nowhere do I feel GMs have the responsibility of considering fans' input when it comes to personnel decisions. Players play, coaches coach, general managers manage and fans care, one way or the other.
If Amare Stoudemire wants out of Phoenix, and the Bulls desperately need a scorer in the post (such as Amare Stoudemire), why isn't Paxson trying to do anything possible to get him? He has future free agents to trade (Gordon and Gooden), big contracts (Hughes), Suns-type players (Deng, Tyrus, Hughes again). Stoudemire has three years left at about $15/mil a year, but shouldn't this be a no-brainer? --Matty P., Los Angeles
Phoenix's acquisition of Jason Richardson from Charlotte is a direct olive branch to Stoudemire and a sign Phoenix will do everything it can to keep him around.
KC, it seems like the Bulls play best when they are small. Should they follow Golden State's lead as far as playing small? --David, Mishawaka, Ind.
I've liked just about every time Vinny has gone really small, particularly in that home Wizards win. As I've said many times in this feature, the Bulls are not and probably won't be a very good defensive team. So play some zone. Front the post. Throw a bunch of small guys out there and try to outscore the other team and make them match up to you. Granted, you can't do it all game. But I'd like to see more of it.
As a transplanted Chicagoan in the Washington, D.C. area, I rarely get to watch the Bulls (which in some ways is a good thing). But I was able to see their game against the Wizards, and I noticed one thing about Rose's game I would like you to comment on. While I love the guy, he appears to just stand in one place watching the action when the ball isn't in his hands. It's the only time he's easy to guard. With as quick as he is, I think he'd get a ton of points on quick cuts to the basket. It would also tire out his defenders, and it would help the other Bulls players, by making those defenders watch Rose rather than the person with the ball. Have you noticed this issue? --Graham, North Bethesda, Md.
I've noticed it but don't have as much of a problem with it. Typically, he's standing there when Gordon or Hughes have the ball up top and he's supposed to stand there. The Bulls are keeping the middle open at almost all cost in this year's offensive system. There are exceptions, but not many. Even Luol Deng isn't slashing or making those dive cuts he used to make as frequently as he used to.