K.C., with Dion Glover and Ron Mercer available as free agents, is there any chance that John Paxson will take a look at either? Glover seems to be the type of physical slashing guard we could use, and Mercer would still likely be able to average 16 points a game on our team. Wouldn't adding Mercer to be the third or fourth option be a huge addition? --Farhan Arshad, Rio Rancho, N.M.
Uh, no. Mercer is aloof, doesn't get along with teammates and can't play much anymore. That's why he hasn't been signed by another team yet as of Friday morning, as I write this. Glover obviously has found a home in Toronto since your question. It should be clear by the influx of players like Ronald Dupree, Linton Johnson and Paul Shirley that the Bulls are looking at marginal players with good attitudes to see if they have what it takes to play in the NBA.
The NBA needs to put a stop to all these high school kids coming to the NBA. This is what they should do: To be accepted into the NBA draft you must play at least two years semi-pro or semi-pro level basketball. The NBA can classify that as college, NBDL or playing for an international team. So either go to college, the NBDL or overseas and we will see you in a few years. What do you think? --Johnny Jordan, West Haven, Conn.
I think this is an old argument that I've talked about a lot. David Stern wants an age limit. So does John Paxson. While I agree that the influx of underage players has diluted the talent and fundamentals in the NBA, what about the players that are ready? LeBron James is pretty good. So was Kevin Garnett. I think kids should be allowed to make their own choices.
Hey, K.C., don't you think that with the Bulls as poor as they are this year, maybe they could take a chance on Eddie Griffin? I know he has his problems, but so do many of the players in the NBA including some of the better ones. Considering the money they have spent on some very questionable players, don't you think it would be worth a shot? --Dougie, Chicago
Again, absolutely not. Followers of the Bulls should know what type of players that Skiles and Paxson favor. Players with heavy baggage need not apply.
Hi, K.C., I thought we traded Lonny Baxter to the Raptors but just read this on ChicagoSports.com: "Believing that Lonny Baxter won't clear waivers, the Bulls are expected to bring in 6-foot-10-inch forward Paul Shirley for a tryout." Will you please bring me up to date? Thanks! --Curt Fieleke, Belton, Mo.
The Bulls traded Baxter to Toronto. The Raptors waived Baxter. The Bulls would've re-signed him had Washington not claimed Baxter off waivers. Got it?
K.C., an Eastern Conference team has not won the NBA title since the Bulls in 1998. Is this the year? --Bill Anderson, Chicago
I don't see it. New Jersey, Detroit and Indiana are the only three with a slight chance, but there is too much talent in the West for this trend to end.
Thanks for your questions. A light week this week. Let's fire it back up next week.
K.C. Johnson on the Bulls
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