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Old 06-26-2002, 10:31 PM   #16 (permalink)
 

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tribs "Crawford's future goes up in the air
Point guard may change positions or leave in trade"
by K.C. Johnson

Second helpings: The Bulls wanted to keep their interest in second-round pick Mason such a secret that they worked him out privately last Sunday, according to a team source. Management sees Mason as an ideal fit because he can play both guard positions and is a strong defender.

"When I talked to Jay, he said [Mason] was the best competitor he had played against all year," Krause said.
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Mason almost single handedly beat Duke during William's sophmore season.

He is a solid player that really is a SG with good handles who makes good decisions. Expect him to play very little PG in the NBA.

He has a quick and very nice stroke. His defense is not up to what I saw from Hassel this year but he is a quality 2. I would not say he was a lock but I think he fits in nicely with the Bulls who from looking at last years numbers need outside shooting.

Decent pick because he fits with the Bulls though I believe there were better players on the board.
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I think he obviously worked out well in their "private" session and I really like the pick. I'm not sure there was much better out there because we are obviously looking to address the frontcourt via Free Agency...
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I think he obviously worked out well in their "private" session and I really like the pick. I'm not sure there was much better out there because we are obviously looking to address the frontcourt via Free Agency...
Exactly KC, and it makes sense to address the front court via Free Agency as opposed to the draft, bcs we need someone with experience to help mentor and protect Chandler and Curry. I don't see taking Baxter as addressing this need, because of his limited athleticism. We need someone who can defend, board, and not back down when they get hit, or perhaps more importantly, will stand-up for Chan and Curry when they get hit.

Although Oakley was a mess, I like having him out there because you knew he was going to try to protect the youngin's from physical and verbal abuse. We need someone like that in our front-court.
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A good link to check-out last season's box scores and write-ups for the Univ of Virginia Basketball team. Had no idea who this kid was when his name was announced, but the more I hear/read about him, the more I like him. But where does he get his minutes, is what I'd like to know? And where are the vets that we so desperately need to tutor our back court?

http://virginiasports.ocsn.com/sport...kbl-sched.html
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how good is this guy???

correct me if I'm wrong, but weren't Rod Grizzard and Carlos Boozer still available at #31?

i thought we coulda used a little more front court help, backups and all
Yes Rod Grizzard was because when he said "Ro....." I thought YES...YES!!! ROD GRIZZARD TO THE BULLS!!! Then the rest came out".....ger mason."....All I could think was, "what the Fawk?" LOL
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Old 06-28-2002, 06:36 PM   #22 (permalink)
 

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With Mason and Baxter Krause now has the flexibility to trade either Fizer or Crawford or both. In one of the other threads it was stated that Krause is going to see how the season starts. If the Bulls start poorly then Krause will make a deal at all-star break. If they show signs that this team will eventually become the team evryone envisions then Krause will stay pat with this hand.

Another thing that comes to mind is that Mason is brought in for his D. If it looks like Crawford cannot play D and JWill becomes the leader that we hope he is, then this give Cartwright the flexibility to put Mason on an AI or a Kidd while JWill leads the Offense. The first D stopper option is Hassel, but Mason may be a better matchup against some of the PG and SGs in the league. Mason is suppose to be a very good on-ball defender.
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Roger Mason, Jr. is a very solid pick. He's AJ Guyton with size and the ability to play the point in a pinch. Although he didn't shoot a high percentage from the field last season, make no mistake - this dude can shoot -- and pass -- and defend.

Baxter is Micheal Ruffin with an offensive game. He won't be looked upon to be a scorer, but he at least will be able to put the ball in the hole, where Ruff couldn't put it in Lake Michigan.

The Bulls will listen to offers for both Crawford and Fizer, however, I believe, in order for someone to get JCraw, they better come to the table with something very good. Fizer on the other hand, could be had for a more reasonable price.

Look for the Bulls to make a serious push for Popeye Jones.
Mason's going to be an important part of this ballclub...but maybe not this year. Richardson, Guyton and Best are free agents. At the end of the season Hoiberg becomes a free agent. Crawford may or may not remain a member of the Bulls depending on the type of chemestry he and Williams develop. If a great offer for Crawford is made, Krause doesn't want to be caught short of guards and perhaps turn down a deal he'd otherwise make. So for now, Mason provides depth at both guard spots. And whether he's on the 12 man roster or spends the season on IR, he'll have the entire year to learn the Bulls system.

Baxter is exactly what MBSH says he is...Ruffin with some offense. If he shows Hassell's commitment to defense and rebounding (and I think he will) he'll push Fizer right out the door. Again, he provides depth and insurance that will allow Krause to make moves.
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Another thing that comes to mind is that Mason is brought in for his D. If it looks like Crawford cannot play D and JWill becomes the leader that we hope he is, then this give Cartwright the flexibility to put Mason on an AI or a Kidd while JWill leads the Offense. The first D stopper option is Hassel, but Mason may be a better matchup against some of the PG and SGs in the league. Mason is suppose to be a very good on-ball defender.
Note: What follows is directed at the idea not the poster.

What about the great leader "Jay" leading by example and guarding the opposing point guard himself instead of having a surrogate do it for him? Wasn't one of the supposed attributes that attracted his followers the idea of him being able to guard the short quick guards like AI?

Kidd is a little bigger but hasn't grown since the draft. The fact that "Jay" is small was known before the draft also and therefore the fact that there may be problems if he guards bigger point guards was known and accepted as well.

A surrogate for the quicker guards and a surrogate for the bigger guards too? At least with JC the only problem was with the quicker ones.

You asked for him and you got him.
The great "Jay" is here now for better or worse and I say throw him in and see him sink or swim. I expect to see him play from end to end on his own.

In many respects I have become uncomfortably dumb(my apologies to Pink Floyd) lately but isn't the typical #2 pick overall supposed to accomodate the team that drafted him through his talent and not the other way around? I'd hate it for the Bull to mimic the Philly kiss A$$ treatment of AI with "Jay".

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Sicky Dimpkins you're right in your assessment. The point I was trying to make is that JWIL may be so important on the offensive side that you may not want to tire him out on the Defesive side by trying to gaurd AI or some others. We did a similiar thing with MJ by using Grant or Pippen to gaurd the other teams top player. Not to imply JWil is MJ or even close. Likewise, being a rookie, he will have to watch out for fouls and may need some protection.

This is not a likely scenario, and may never happen, but BC has options.

Another thing that I've been thinking is that JWill will not be the starter at the begining of the season. The Bulls may gradually allow him to build his confidence up against the other team's second string. Let Crawford show what he can do, and decide what to do at the PG position at the All-star break. No matter what it should be an entertaining season.
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