Posted on: July 17, 2010 2:15 pm
from ChicagoTribune.com :
The Bulls now have nine players under contract and roughly $7.8 million of cap space left. They remain in discussions with Brad Miller and Kurt Thomas for big-man depth and have had talks about Rafer Alston and Jason Williams as a backup point guard.....
With that much under cap is there any one that you would like to see fill the gaps that we need? I kind of feel like we are the Heat (minus signing 3 of the easly top 5 players in the game). We have signed 3 players that you still have to game plan for and now we are filling the gaps with sub-par player to complete a 12 man roster.
The one thing that we do have over the Heat...is better talent over all. Sure they got Dwyane Wade, LeBron James , and Chris Bosh , oh yeah Mike Miller , but thats it. The Bulls have Derrick Rose , Joakim Noah , Luol Deng, Carlos Bozzer, Kyle Korver , Ronnie Brewer, Taj Gibson , and (some might say) James Johnson . The Bulls have a way deeper team then the Heat (and I'll say it... the Celtics too. They even match up well with the Magic .) Now I know for a fact that you cant win 3 (4) on 5, and they haven't even played together yet, so they still need time to gell .
A core of Bulls guys have played together for a least a year or more. Korver and Rose played together with the U.S. (practice team). Korver, Bozzer, Brewer, all played together with the Jazz. If there is one thing that championship teams of the past have proved it is that you keep a core of guys together to win champoinships. Yes more then one. Look at the Lakers on the verge of winning 3 in a row (again) have had the same core of guys for all of them both times.
Look for the Bulls to do well in the East this year and make a deep playoff run.
Posted on: January 8, 2010 8:55 pm
I recently read this from a fellow NBA fan as he was talking about a rookie:
I really would like the NBA to draft players that have played at least 3 years in college, maturity and fundamentals breeds success. I know that this isn't realistic but I look back on the old games I watch from the 70's, 80's, & 90's and I see a much better team game than we see nowadays. We might have the most athletically talented players ever but what has happened to the game, it looks more like streetball than the game of basketball I watched as a kid with Bird and Magic. Although the players that are now lacing it up to play are in some ways freaks I believe the old school teams would beat this generations teams handily because they were fundamentally sound.
It made me think. The NBA is watered down, with so many young players that look like they have the talent and skill to play at this level. At the age of 28, I have seen many changes in this league that we love. I have been saying for the longest "that the age to get into the NBA needs to be raised to keep the integrity of the game." They did that, but now it seems just as bad as it did before. So I'll say it again the age needs to be raised to about 3 years of college. Let's go back to the early days of the NBA when teams would not even look at you unless you had at least 2-3 years of college ball under your belt.
Now if you know me you know that I am bias to my favorite players and teams. But there are only a handful of guys in the NBA that are playing to win a title and not just for the money. The sad thing is they are all veterans with over 12 years of experience. Kevin Garnett, Allen Iverson, Ray Allen, Carlos Boozer, Paul Pierce, Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant…and that’s really about it, maybe and a few others.
What I really don't like that is also bringing down this league and turning it in to a joke, is this 2010 FA draft class. While some of them say it's not about the money, but about where and who they play with, I bet some of them will not hesitate to take the max money. So now you got teams dumping salary in hopes of landing a top free agent. What kind of stuff is that? Take the team you have and try to turn them into champions. But what do they do they sign a bunch of mediocre players to one year deals in hope of landing a top free agent.
Now for some reason I thought the NBA was about the fans. So tell me why would any true fan (the ones that sit in the nose bleeds) want to see their team go through years of nothing because, the players and teams want to spend top dollar on one guy then cant build around him. Now you have this high price super-star and a bunch of role players that can't help him win.
So now we have an NBA that is all about money, with players jumping teams for bigger pay days and not necessarily trying to win a championship. What ever happened to the days of building a team around 1-2 key players but keeping the team intact long enough for them to gel. If you think about all of the dynasty teams, (Bulls, Lakers, Celtics, and you can even put the Spurs, Pistons and Rockets in there to prove my point), those were teams that built around 1-2 key players, and kept the team together long enough to win multiple championships.