Based on what you have witnessed and heard, what is the relationship between Jamal Crawford and Jay Williams really like? I was surprised that Jamal Crawford admitted that the two were just cordial. But unfortunately, it seems that Jerry Krause and Bill Cartwright have really given these two young players no other choice but to view each other as foes. Also, how do the other Bulls teammates view this rivalry and do they privately hope for one point guard to have the majority of minutes at the expense of the other point guard? --Paula, New York
Competition creates a tough situation. Jamal and Jay don't hate each other. They also don't hang out together a lot. But that's not really huge news. A lot of NBA players go their own way. As for the latter point, teammates have varying opinions, but they mostly just want to see whoever is playing better on the court. It's as simple as that.
K.C., it seems that when given a chance, Lonny Baxter has had some solid
games. How do you compare Baxter to Marcus Fizer? It seems to me that Lonny
might be a little more fundamentally sound. But Marcus has more upside. --Walt Giesing, Quincy, Ill.
Marcus is a bit more of an explosive player and can create his own shot. Lonny has a nice power game but gets a lot of his baskets off of offensive rebounds or short shots in the lane. They both have shown promise this season. I agree with you about Baxter being fundamentally sound. This is a guy who played four years of college in a great program and played in a lot of big games. Pressure doesn't seem to faze him.
KC, please explain to me why so many people worry about the triangle? If
they actually view the games and possess some basketball knowledge, they
would see that it is used very infrequently. The triangle is not the reason
they get killed on the defensive boards. It's not the reason Jalen Rose can't
finish in the lane (see "vertical" in dictionary). If someone could make an
open jumper, everyone would praise the triangle. -- Daniel Gibbons, Aurora, Ill.
Is this Cartwright using a pseudonym? I couldn't agree with you more. The triangle isn't the problem, nor is it being used extensively.
It seems this has turned into a depressing season. Does the constant losing really take a toll on the players? What is the Bulls locker room like after a loss? -- Ethan, Glen Cove, N.Y.
It depends on the loss. If they've played well and lost, they feel it's part of their development process and are OK. There have been some downcast locker rooms after some of those overtime losses, though. Those are the games where they battled back and forced the extra session, only to lose. And those were road games, too.
I went to a Bulls game over Christmas and saw Eddie Robinson literally jump
higher than the top of the backboard. Other than his amazing athletic ability
though, what does E-Rob contribute to the team? He's averaged seven points and
three rebounds for his career. Shouldn't his minutes be given to one of the Baby
Bulls? Is there any way to trade the Bulls second highest-paid player? -- Joe Schohn, Nashville, Tenn.
The Bulls have tried. He certainly was involved in the trade talks with Miami regarding Eddie Jones. As for his minutes going to the Baby Bulls, they play different positions, last time I checked. As for E-Rob jumping higher than the backboard, the man can jump, but not that high.
KC, I'm reading that the Spurs set an NBA record with their eighth straight road win. Didn't the Bulls ever win eight in a row or better during their championship years? -- Alex Bartkus, Los Angeles
The record is this: They won eight straight road games on the SAME trip. It's extremely rare for NBA teams to play that many road games consecutively, making it a tough record to set and break. Utah had that many consecutive road games last season while the Olympics took over Delta Center. A rodeo displaced the Spurs. Even the circus trip doesn't put the Bulls out for eight games.
The question mark on Marcus Fizer is a tribute to the Riddler, of Batman
fame. --Frank Gorshin, Anna Maria, Fla.
The intrigue grows.
Hey KC, the question mark on Fizer's neck stands for the fact that their are questions on
whether he has it or not to make it in the NBA. He answered the question himself in an interview. --Mark Lewis, Chicago
The contradictions grow. This is what I answered originally about the tattoo, which now has to take a back seat to Mike Tyson's. But Marcus still hasn't given me the definitive story, which he said will be 10 minutes long and I promise will be answered by the end of the season. He's just not around the team much anymore.
Eight weeks to go, people. You come up with some intriguing questions and I'll try to provide some intriguing answers. Talk to you next week, K.C.