The Baby Bulls finally has an idea on what it wants to be when it grows up. They hired a rookie coach in Vinny del Negro and had made some moves in surrounding him with the best experiences in coaching.Having wasted draft picks in the past 6 years with no superstar in the making, they finally hit the lotto luck or what you may call destiny when they got the 1st overall pick in th 2008 draft despite having less than 2 percent chance to make it there. Derrick Rose was the obvious choice and despite him being snubbed out of the ROY polls prior to the start of the season, Rose proved that he was more than worthy to be named as such, posting terrific rookie numbers such as his 16.8 ppg and 6.3 apg. Those are impressive for a 20 year old kid from the Chicago suburb. Everyone knew that the Bulls have that chance to make the playoffs but they didn't know how. With solid plays from Kirk Hinrich and Ben Gordon, the Bulls were winning some games but clearly lack the post threat which they badly needed. Joakim Noah is no threat and Tyrus Thomas proved to be immature and inconsistent at times as the Bulls struggled to fight for a playoff spot. Luol Deng was never a factor during the season. The Bulls were searching for answers and they would find it during the trade deadline. One of the biggest trades in the franchise history was the acquisition of John Salmons and Brad Miller (2nd run with the Bulls) in excahange for Andres Nocioni and some scrubs in the team, too many to mention. John Salmons is known as a great team player who is willing to play behind and will not hesitate to contribute if he is needed. The Bulls also got rid of garbage Larry Hughes to the Knicks in exchange for a couple of guys and Tim Thomas and an expiring contract. Salmons would definitely be un upgrade for Hughes who was complaining about his time with the Bulls team. Salmons is no slouch since he is a guy that is no nonsense contributor. Brad Miller is a solid center who can add size and perimeter shooting for the Bulls. As a result, they were winning and finally sneaked past the playoff spot where they almost beat the Celtics in 7 games in which the series went to an exciting 7 overtimes. Including the Derrick Rose Game 1 sick performance, 36 points and 11 assists which clinched him as the ROY. Despite the disregard of their credit, it was a great learning experience for the Baby Bulls squad. The draft was solid for them this year as they were able to pick up players that suits their needs in James Johnson and Taj Gibson. James Johnson is a combo forward that has an agile body who can expect to contribute right away. Gibson is a 6'9 power forward with a sick 7'4 wing span which can provide blocking and rebounding. Yet, the Bulls remain quiet in the offseason as they let their leading scorer and former Sixth Man awardee Ben Gordon walk without offering him anything. BG landed in the city of Detroit, which is considered as a main rival for the Bulls squad. Despite the big loss, the Bulls remain optimistic for this upcoming season and with other teams in the East looking to upgrade, namely Toronto, Boston and Orlando, it could be a tough ride for Chicago to be in the mix. But with Derrick Rose one year later, it could be a different story. Will Tyrus Thomas ever live up to his potential? Will Louol Deng recover from his injuries and prove to the fans that he is worth that deal he got last year? Will the Bulls finally get an answered prayer in terms of a post presence? Is Carlos Boozer the answer to all that? My guess is no. But defnitely the Bulls will be there fighting to at least clinch a low playoff spot in the improving East.
NBA Draft Grade: B-
NBA Offseason Grade: D
Predicted W-L: 43-39
This is just a writer's opinion... Anyone care to comment I am open for it...^^
Good post MarcusFizer21. I really do believe that Chicago will be sitting from the 7th seed to the 9th seed this year. Derrick Rose will get better, but the big men ( Joakim Noah and Tyrus Thomas ) and how they are productive this year will also have a great affect on their season. I think the loss of Ben Gordon was crucial because he just has that scoring power, but lets see if John Salmons can cover for that.
I've also read an article where they said James Johnson is being a slacker during his drills and has gained more body fat since after his college season ended and his attitude is terrible. Do you think it'll play into affect this season?
Here is the link talking about James Johnson's work ethic. Let me know what you think.
OK Marcusfizer21, I'm a fan of yours, so I read you entire piece. Now, what was the point of the article? Was it that as a bulls you hate to seem them struggle? I have no problem with that.
However, I take issue with only one thing you said. Larry Hughes is not a scrub and he's never been selfish! He wasted three years with Lebron James being quite and trying to fit in. Also, all of the teams Larry has chosen to play for was because of his dying little brother. To me, Larry Hughes is better than Salmons. Maybe not by much anymore, but today, he still is.
If I can add one more point, Gilbert Arenas owes Larry Hughes half of his pay check. Don't forget Larry was the main guy in Washington and Gilbert was the third, sometimes second, scoring option. Had he never left Washington, Gilbert would have never had the chance to make a name for himself. And this isn't a knock against Gilbert. When I watched him at Arizona, I knew he was the best player on the team. Even when he was surrounded by Gardener, Woods, Walton, Rucker and Jefferson.
Dhamp...the greatest basketball mind in the world. Next to Hubie Brown anyway.
ill email you the code since it turns out weird on here and didnt show up.
Dhamp... just wanted to clear something up.. why would gilbert owe l. hughes any of his pay check when gilbert truly maded a name for himself in golden state in the 02-03 season avg. 18pts and 6 ast/g... are u trying to say he would not have gotten paid??
I don't normally disagree with you, but John Salmons is so much better than Larry Hughes right now. He's also got better facial hair.
Jorandrose13, you think so? Don't get me wrong, Salmons can ball, but lately (almost always) Hughes is on the wrong side of the fence. Honestly, neither have that take over tenacity, but to me, Hughes is better. Now, Salmons has more upside. Hughes can shoot just as good as Salmons and is a better defender. To me, Salmons has never been known as a good defender. You can say the same about Hughes, but he lead the league in steals one year.
To answer the other question, averaging 18 pts and 6 ast won't get you $100 mil contract.
Dhamp...the greatest basketball mind in the world. Next to Hubie Brown anyway.
I think Tyrus Thomas will make great strides this year, he is still young and will finally have the starting job for a whole year. Thomas improved vastly towards the end of the year and although his scoring is inconsistent he is a good defender and an amazing shot blocker, plus he showed signs of adding a jump shot during the end of the year. I think james Johnson will be a good addition as well, he is very athletic and will give depth behind Deng and Thomas. I agree 43 wins sounds about right, great article.
It just doesn't seem like he cares as much anymore, especially on defense. Really, he's turned into a chucker. Every time he'd get the ball on the wing in Chicago he'd take a bad shot. Also, I'm pretty sure that Salmons actually shoots a really good percentage, something over 40% from 3 i think, that's why the Bulls think it can be a pretty easy transition for him to SG.
No way is Larry Hughes a better shooter than John Salmons...
My man D, I am planning to actually write my take on ALL 30 teams and see whether you agree or not so, it's cool if some disagree or agree anyways its just my opinion, prediction and vibe... Anyway, I get tour side and that's cool... Hughes was so good in Washington but he never had that skill when he played for the Cavs....and what made me mad at him, since I myself am a Bulls fan, is that he has been complaining and sulking in the bench because of lack of PT... It's just my take but thanks for your comment... ^^
did you get my email of the code for better pics? also maybe you could write for qhaynes website you should ask him.
Fizer- I like the bulls too....mainly because Tyrus & Noah are two of my favorite players. You think the Bulls will resign Tyrus? I hope they do. I think he is going to step it up a notch this season.
"the bar for hard work is set so high that they often have no idea how hard they need to work to qualify as "working hard" at this level." - from the article about James Johnson
Good job! I know that hard work gets thrown a lot in the media that's why when players said they are working hard we aren't sure if it even passed our standards of hard work... Tell that to guys like Kwame Brown who once said he worked hard... Yikes!
Birdzilla: Not yet.. I'll check my mail now. Thanks dawg
Gatorheels: The Champ! Wassup???? Yeah... His eye-popping athleticism is one of a kind... I just love it when he blocks those shots... I hope he gets to make a consistent impact this year... Joakim is no center but he does provide an energy for the team
But defnitely the Bulls will be there fighting to at least clinch a low playoff spot in the improving East.
that's exactly where i see them. I find it funny how many people like them but I never saw them as high on anyone mock playoff seeds
Fizer- wsup... Yeah man I've met both Tyrus & Noah after games got both their autographs...Tyrus is actually really laid back, nice, & outgoing in person. He looks mean on the court sometimes ha. Noah was in a bad mood when I saw him & he didn't say much...Florida had just lost a game so he had a reason to be upset at the time. You will get a kick out of this too.....the only Bulls game I have ever been too was about 10 years ago or so. 2000-2001 season Boston @ Chicago. That was Fizers' rookie year I think...anyways he played good that game
Keep up the good work on these articles too...keep posting them they are interesting to read
I really2000x thought Fizer could be a star...Oh well... Things don't always work out...LOL...
I love posting articles and take comments from you guys... Thanks a lot dude...
Just checked my mail... Didn't receive the code
that weird. whats your email adress so i dont have to use the thing?
do you have aim?
email me at [email protected] and ill return because when i clicked on the email under your username it didnt work last time.