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From: mizenkay

Re: The 2005-06 Season


Well this isn’t going exactly as planned now is it? “On the outside looking in” isn’t exactly the mantra Bulls fans are happy to repeat. Whoohoo! Not.

I can’t imagine a single player on this team is too happy about it either. From the body language lately to the postgame comments, you all seem stunned, shell-shocked, looking for an answer as
to what the hell happened here! It’s mystifying isn’t it? Allow me to start the ball rolling by looking back a bit.

First off – The Off Season:

From all reports out of the Berto over the summer, Ben Gordon wins the workout warrior award for his Dedication and Motivation – two a days – now that’s impressive. Skiles was luvin’ you for that.

We also had very positive reports on Kirk Hinrich. Lifting weights, eating right, running sprints through the neighbor’s back yard (it was my favorite photo from the summer, I have to admit). Kirk put in very solid work. Luol Deng, while unable to put in the weight or skill work, did have a good summer with his rehab, plus he grew an inch, so no complaints here. Chris Duhon, must have worked out somewhere in between his trip to Toronto and hanging out in North Carolina, but we really didn’t hear much about him and his offseason until Hurricane Katrina. Yeah, he got a nice deal, but I sure wish we would have had more of the MLE to spend elsewhere. Water under the bridge so no biggie. Now, Andres Nocioni, man you deserved a summer off, so no issues there. Seems the rest did you a world of good.

Which brings us to Tyson Chandler. Oh Tyson, Tyson, Tyson. Yeah, we know, you were waiting for the contract, the payday, and while you were doing that you got married and picked out hideously ugly china (sorry dude, I have excellent taste and that was pretty bad). So what else did you do? By all accounts, absolutely jack. This is not how a professional athlete really is supposed to treat the summer, and you paid for it big time during the season. No excuses this summer, stick man.

Scott Skiles got his payday after a “contentious” negotiation with Pax – and ultimately was able to get an agreement hammered out with JR. I didn’t exactly think your agent/advisor Mr. Glass the Younger did you any favors with his sulky whining moment on the radio where it seemed it might all fall apart. You and he knew exactly what you were doing and you got your dollars. Good for you even if it was, in my opinion, really bad form.

And as far as the off-season signings of Darius Songaila and Malik Allen, well, I think they were pretty decent. Not amazing, but decent like solid B decent. I think we are really missed Songo at this point, even if his defense was never all that good and he came into camp out of shape (another “victim” of the FA syndrome). Of the two, I think Songo is the keeper.

Which brings us to John Paxson. I am not going to use this “memo” to rehash all that went on this summer as we all have vivid somewhat painful memories still. You made a stand, drew a line in the sand, and weren’t going to back down for no man, woman, specialist or doctor. You stuck to your guns. Some laud you for it. Some hate your freakin’ guts. Such is life in the big leagues. But that is neither here nor there for me at this point. What you did FAIL at was bringing in some size, in ANY form, early enough in the season to off-set the loss of Eddy and AD. Now as far as that whole “wink wink” agreement with Mr. Isiah Thomas of the Knick about bringing AD back all I can say is: “How the hell can you be so naïve?” Isiah is a snake in the grass. Now you know. You said “I know what I am doing from a basketball standpoint” and yet you let this guy hoodwink you but good. And while you were waiting for IT to ”be a gentleman” you hung Adrian Griffin out to dry. So he did what he needed to do and signed with the Mavs. Pax, you blew that one, sorry.

So there you all were at the beginning of training camp without Eddy or AD or The Hawk. But there were these new guys, guys who from all accounts could possibly help, so long as they subscribed to the Skiles Hard Work Manifesto. But that didn’t work out exactly as planned either, now did it? I won’t take up much space here talking about Tim Thomas. Could he have helped? Yes, of course. Would giving him “entitlement” minutes at the expense of Nocioni or Deng have been ultimately the best idea? In my opinion, NO, most definitely not. In the long run, and I am talking a few years from now, Tim Thomas will be but a spec, nay, a splattered bug on the windshield that is the future. Moving on was the best thing to do. I realize not everyone will agree with me, but who the hell cares? This is MY memo!

Now as far as the actual season goes, there isn’t going to be any game by game analysis of what happened by miz. No, that’s not my intent. Could have used a few less bonehead play moments, but with the relative youth, I can't get too hung up on that. I am going to point out certain things that I feel may have been difference makers in the season. I have already stated why I think Pax screwed up by not replacing our size upfront. But there were some things that went down that didn’t exactly help the cause. And as we look to the future (next season) here are some comments about that too.

I addressed the Skiles mad scientist rotations in the piece that was published in the Tribune. I realize that there isn’t much that can be done when guys are in foul trouble, but when that is not the case, I feel that Skiles is far too impatient. Mass Subbing Syndrome is not the way to go. Pargo is never the answer. He just isn’t. Give the starters a timeout to collect themselves and put them right back in. They are the future of this team so you have to play them.

Now to the individual players and their “moments”:

First off, Ben Gordon and his people and all those rumors about how he was “unhappy” still coming off the bench early in the season. It seems to me that you did get the chance to start, and Skiles pulled the plug on that a bit early. So what purpose did it really serve to have this “disgruntledness” out in the media? NONE. It is my belief that it drove a wedge into a team that was already searching for a new identity. Not cool, man. Deny it all you want, but it came from your people, so in the future, be a bit more discreet, would ya? Thanks. And could you work out a new shoe with Nike so you don’t keep falling down!? Please, work on those handles this summer.

Kirk, dude, remember when Jerry Sloan said that great thing about you and how you always keep playing forward? What happened to that? The refs don’t respect you “for whatever reason” (to use one of your favorite phrases) and that really sucks. But there is no sense being all moody about it. Suck it up. You set the tenor, and when you are down and out, it seems like the entire team is too.
And I am still trying to figure out where the hell you went during that 8 game slide. Everything OK at home? Whatever it was, it seems to have abated, and you’ve been very strong since January, playing through pain and minor injuries. But the moodiness is something you really need to work on. Also, doing charity work on behalf of the team shouldn’t be considered a burden considering you are paid millions of dollars to play a game.

Tyson Chandler? Two words: Mental case. You did nothing all summer then tried to make up for it after the big contract by doing too much. Once you pulled your head out of your ***, it seemed much better. Still, you need to get a hold of your emotions and learn not to commit so many idiotic fouls. Didn’t like what Skiles had to say during the Wizards game? SUCK IT UP. We need you on the floor at the end of games because you are a difference maker. Be the defensive stud that you are and the offense will follow. I expect a very dedicated summer of work from you. Free Throws, Jumpshots, Weight Lifting, all of it. I know you and the wife are expecting a baby (congrats!), but BULLS fans who pay your salary are expecting a lot from you. No slacking! It’s up to you!

Luol Deng. I think you somewhat unfairly got tagged with a “selfish” player label more because you have a desire to win and tried at times to do WAY too much. I know a solid summer of weights and skill work will help your game tremendously and I am confident that you will improve so much next year. I have no real bones to pick here. You need to become the reliable slasher this team so desperately needs.

As far as the rest of the roster, well, I would like the Bulls to retain Darius Songaila but won’t go crying if he isn’t. I think Songo has a nice touch around the basket, and usually he is MONEY with that shot from the top of the key. In my eyes, he is a keeper. Same with Nocioni. I love him. I know he will work hard in the off season. Duhon, yar what yar, as Bette Davis might say. Solid, but not much else. You’ve made more boneheaded turnovers lately and that is worrisome, like your head just isn’t in the game. Get it together or can you say “trade bait”?

Sweetney, believe it or not, I haven’t given up on you either. I think you desperately need to hire a nutritionist/dietician and get those pounds OFF. If your weight and conditioning can’t get you off the bench, doesn’t this speak volumes to you? I think the Bulls should help in whatever way they can to facilitate this, but it ultimately is up to you. Guys are talking about getting rid of you for a second rounder at this point. DO SOMETHING about that.

Malik Allen, O’Fella Harrington, Pike, Pargo…don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Seriously. Later! I have nothing else to say (though the specialized karate chop cheer needs to be passed down to someone. Basden?)

Luke the Schenshenator, what the heck, give this guy a shot in camp next season. He has this one redeeming quality (it's so not the hair) and that he is SEVEN FEET TALL. He also seems to have a bit of an offensive game, which is more we can say about Tyson at this point (but I am not giving up on TC!)

Now as far as the draft and the possible moves by Pax to improve the team, I will make no specific comment other than WE NEED SIZE UP FRONT. If this is addressed whether via trade or the draft (in terms of getting someone who can help NOW) I will be pleased. I will leave the specifics to the “experts” though I will say we have no need for Rudy Gay or JJ Redick on this team. Morrison? Tempting, but he plays no defense and that’s not a Skiles type situation now is it?

SO about the PLAYOFFS. Well, it would sure be swell if somehow, miracle of miracles that the Bulls make it. Yes, it would mean a first round exit (even if Skiles would never concede that point) but it would be invaluable experience. I went on the record at the beginning of the season saying if the Bulls don’t make it, it will be a major disappointment. I still feel this way. And despite losing back to back games this weekend, I have not totally given up. It will be a tall task and will take huge guts. And as far as the notion to “tank”, well that is never going to happen. Not with Skiles as the coach. Nor should it. You never try and lose. That is just Lame with a capital “L”. We want winners here.

Onward and Upward! The future is bright even if this season has been a frustrating struggle.

Thanks for listening.

miz
 

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That was good stuff.

I agree that time could do nothing but help these guys. A summer together could really help this team's chemistry (guys like Duhon and Tyson REALLY need to get it together this summer since the money is not a factor anymore).

Also, with new players (hopefully guys that can help this time) means a new beginning for us, and a better season next year. I am willing to forget this season ever happened, and I hope that next year these guys come with a fire in their eyes. If they don't, then god help us.

Things look better now, since this season has been of the "worse-case scenario" types.

GO BULLS in 2006-07!!!!!! :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:
 

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Everyone presumed the Bulls top seven or so players would make great improvements from last year to this, but no.

Only Nocioni did... Yeah, I said it.


And hopefully Chandler gets the memo because right now he looks like an iguana out there.
 

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There are pictures of Kirk running through his neighbors back yard?

Why wasn't I informed?
 

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DaBullz said:
Is that "running" ?
you're so literal. :|



ok, he's about to run.



anyway, thanks to those who gave me props. i was just really venting.
in my book this season was frustrating, but it wasn't the end of the world as so many seem to want to preach here. those that do really need to get the **** over themselves.




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Great post Miz!

This year has been frustrating, I believe the most frustrating part is looking at the free throw disparity. Seeing other teams shoot 15 to 20 more shots from the stripe and the Bulls losing by 1 or 2 points!

That's frustrating, outplaying teams on the floor but getting beat at the line! God, I hope next year is different!
 

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BullsAttitude said:
God, I hope next year is different!
As far as I know, the NBA still intends to have each game officiated next year, and the goal of those officials will be to enforce the rules and regulations of the league, and jump-shooting teams with grabby hands and slow feet will probably continue to be outscored at the free throw line.

I hope next year is different, too.
 

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ScottMay said:
As far as I know, the NBA still intends to have each game officiated next year, and the goal of those officials will be to enforce the rules and regulations of the league, and jump-shooting teams with grabby hands and slow feet will probably continue to be outscored at the free throw line.

I hope next year is different, too.
Yeah, but if we are lucky enough to grab a good big man in the draft and add one in free agency, and perhaps add a defensive minded, slashing big guard with our pick (Brewer?), I think we will still shoot less FT's than our opponents over the course of a year, but I think we can cut the differential down substantially.
 

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mizenkay said:
you're so literal. :|



ok, he's about to run.



anyway, thanks to those who gave me props. i was just really venting.
in my book this season was frustrating, but it wasn't the end of the world as so many seem to want to preach here. those that do really need to get the **** over themselves.




miz
looks like he may be wiping doody off his shoe
 
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