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ANALYSIS OF MISTAKES IN CHICAGO from 98/99 to 03/04 !!!

NEXT POST IS ABOUT HISTORY OF MISTAKES IN CHICAGO!

When looking the NBA you have great teams, other that are rebuilding and some that dont have a clue in which way are they going. Bulls are great example for the last group:

LETS SEE FIRST THE STORY OF THE LAST YEARS:

Season W L %
2002-03 30 52 .366
2001-02 21 61 .256
2000-01 15 67 .183
1999-00 17 65 .207
1998-99 13 37 .260
1997-98 62 20 .756 NBA CHAMPION


97/98 NBA CHAMPION
Michael Jordan

Scottie Pippen

Toni Kukoc

Luc Longley

Steve Kerr

Jason Caffey

Bison Dele

Ron Harper

Dennis Rodman

Randy Brown

Bill Wennington

Robert Parish

Dickey Simpkins

Jud Buechler

Matt Steigenga


1998-99: The Rebuilding Begins (NO MISTAKES MADE)

Chicago entered the lockout-shortened season without seven key components from the teams that won three straight titles from 1996-98. Michael Jordan retired and coach Phil Jackson took a year off. Scottie Pippen, Luc Longley and Steve Kerr left in sign-and-trade deals, and Dennis Rodman and Jud Buechler signed elsewhere as free agents.

Toni Kukoc was still in Chicago, and he led the team in scoring (18.8 ppg), rebounds (7.0 rpg) and assists (5.3 apg) as the Bulls finished 13-37 in Tim Floyd's first season as coach.
Toni Kukoc

Ron Harper

Brent Barry

Dickey Simpkins

Mark Bryant

Randy Brown

Kornel David

Rusty LaRue

Cory Carr

Corey Benjamin

Bill Wennington

Andrew Lang

Charles Jones

Keith Booth

Mario Bennett



1999-2000: Emergence of a Rookie (NO MISTAKES MADE)
In the Bulls first full year of rebuilding, efforts focused around the 1999 NBA Draft’s first overall pick, Elton Brand. In the 1999-2000 season, Brand joined an impressive group of NBA players, becoming only the 19th player in league history to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in a rookie campaign. In addition, he became only the second player in team history to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, joining Artis Gilmore.
Brand was named NBA Co-Rookie of the Year (shared with Houston’s Steve Francis), MVP at the Schick Rookie Challenge during All-Star Break (setting record with 21 rebounds) and NBA Rookie of the Month for January, February and April. Brand’s best performance came on April 13, 2000, when he set a team record, hitting 14 straight field goals en route to a career-high 44 points versus Washington at the United Center.
The Bulls other first round selection, Ron Artest, also had a solid rookie season, earning him mention on the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. Other notes from the campaign included trading Toni Kukoc to Philadelphia as part of a three-way trade with Golden State, receiving the Washington Wizards first round draft pick in 2000, along with John Starks and Bruce Bowen and setting franchise record for fewest turnovers in a game (6) on March 7, 2000 at the United Center versus Atlanta.
Elton Brand

Ron Artest

Chris Carr

Rusty LaRue

Fred Hoiberg

Hersey Hawkins

Corey Benjamin

Dedric Willoughby

John Starks

B.J. Armstrong

Randy Brown

Matt Maloney

Chris Anstey

Dickey Simpkins

Khalid Reeves

Will Perdue

Michael Ruffin




2000-01: Youth Reigns
MISTAKES MADE:
1)SIGNING OF RON MERCER
2)SELECTING FIZER(N.4) OVER MIKE MILLER(N.5)

The Bulls’ intentions going into the 2000-01 campaign was to recruit a pair of the summer’s elite free agents—a group that included Tim Duncan, Grant Hill, Tracy McGrady and Eddie Jones—to be the core players in the re-building process. However, Duncan re-signed with San Antonio, Hill accommodated his wife’s desires to go to Orlando and McGrady and Jones both opted to play near their home towns.
In the 2000 NBA Draft, the Bulls took some steps in that direction, selecting Marcus Fizer (4th overall) and acquiring Jamal Crawford (selected 8th overall by Cleveland and immediately traded to the Bulls). Other notable off-season acquisitions included the signing of free agents Ron Mercer (Aug. 2) and Brad Miller (Sept. 7).
Elton Brand

Ron Mercer

Ron Artest

Marcus Fizer

Fred Hoiberg

Brad Miller

Bryce Drew

Khalid El-Amin

A.J. Guyton

Corey Benjamin

Jamal Crawford

Michael Ruffin

Dragan Tarlac

Jake Voskuhl

Steve Goodrich

Dalibor Bagaric




2001-02: Change of Direction
MISTAKES MADE:
1)TRADING ELTON BRAND
2)TRADING MILLER,ARTEST, MERCER AND OLLIE


In 2001-02, the make-up and direction of the Chicago Bulls changed. The result was a renewed sense of optimism and hope surrounding the team’s future with Tyson Chandler, Eddy Curry and Jalen Rose as the centers of attention.
It all began on the night of the 2001 NBA Draft, when the Bulls used their first-round pick, fourth overall, to select Thornwood High School’s Eddy Curry, a 6-11, 285-pound center. Minutes later, Chicago dealt Brand to the L.A. Clippers for Dominguez High School product Tyson Chandler (picked second overall) and Brian Skinner. Chicago also acquired one of the steals of the draft in Trenton Hassell out of Austin Peay in the second round.
With the addition of free agent Eddie Robinson (signed Aug. 7), the new look Bulls, a young and athletic squad.
A change was needed and on February 19, it was delivered in the form of a seven-player trade. The Bulls acquired Jalen Rose, Travis Best and Norman Richardson from the Indiana Pacers for Brad Miller, Ron Artest, Ron Mercer and Kevin Ollie.
Jalen Rose

Marcus Fizer

Travis Best

Jamal Crawford

Eddie Robinson

Trenton Hassell

Eddy Curry

Tyson Chandler

A.J. Guyton

Fred Hoiberg

Charles Oakley

Norm Richardson

Dalibor Bagaric


2002-03: No big moves (NO MISTAKES MADE)

Marshall signed as free agend and Jay Williams was drafted.

Jalen Rose

Donyell Marshall

Marcus Fizer

Jamal Crawford

Eddy Curry

Jay Williams

Tyson Chandler

Eddie Robinson

Lonny Baxter

Trenton Hassell

Rick Brunson

Corie Blount

Fred Hoiberg

Dalibor Bagaric

Roger Mason Jr.

2003-04: Trading continues
WHAT TO SAY….SO MANY MISTAKES MADE UNTIL NOW THAT TRADING ROSE WAS JUST SEARCHING SOME ESCAPE (WITH DAVIS AND WILLIAMS JUST ONE MISTAKE MORE)

NOW LETS SEE HOW THE TEAM WOULD LOOK WITHOUT MISTAKES DONE:

00/01 TEAM PROJECTION
C B.MILLER
PF BRAND
SF ARTEST
SG MILLER
PG CRAWFORD

01/02 TEAM PROJECTION
C B.MILLER/CURRY
PF BRAND
SF ARTEST/ROBINSON
SG MILLER /HASSEL
PG CRAWFORD

02/03 TEAM PROJECTION
C B.MILLER/CURRY
PF BRAND/MARSCHAL
SF ARTEST/ROBINSON
SG MILLER /HASSEL
PG CRAWFORD /WILLIAMS?

Probably in 02/03 the team were not so bad and could not chose as 2. in draft so there would be no Jay Williams in Chicago. Probably they would chose around 15-20 and question who would they chosen: By this scenario they would search for pg/sg but the first good pg/sg in this year draft were Welsch(nb.16) an Dixon(nb. 17).

02/03 TEAM PROJECTION

C B.MILLER/CURRY
PF BRAND/MARSCHALL
SF ARTEST/ROBINSON
SG MILLER /HASSEL
PG CRAWFORD / WELSCH

I think it is no doubt that this team would be in playoffs last year and on a good way to be excellent…this year probably just behind Detroit, Indiana and New Yersey.

SO 3 BIG MISTAKES WERE MADE:
-Selecting Fizer over MILLER
-Trading BRAND for Chandler
-Trading B.MILLER&ARTEST for Rose&Best

TODAY…THERE IS NOTHING ELSE TO DO, BUT TO START OVER!!!
WITH NO MISTAKES!!!
 

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You missed one HUGE mistake that we made in my opinion. That was not trading #4 and #7 pick in the 2000 Draft for Jermaine O'Neal. Having O'Neal would have convinced TMac to sign. I am certain of that. We would have had a hole at PG but a TMac,Artest,Brand,O'Neal foursome would have been awful sweet. Heck Bryce Drew might have been effective with those 4.
 

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Thats a good list but you left off the biggest mistake .

Being Arrogant .

The Bulls franchise was arrogant enough to think you could just turn on and off a losing atmosphere whenever they felt like it .They purposely lost games to get high lottery picks and now that the losing atmosphere is embedded within this franchise they cant get it out .
 

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Thats a good list but you left off the biggest mistake . Being Arrogant . The Bulls franchise was arrogant enough to think you could just turn on and off a losing atmosphere whenever they felt like it .They purposely lost games to get high lottery picks and now that the losing atmosphere is embedded within this franchise they cant get it out .
Dude, I couldn't agree with you more. I remember early on from post-jordan era the bulls PURPOSELY tried to lose so they could get high draft picks. They thought getting #1 for a couple of years would get them back to powerhouse again.

As well I think having too many young players/projetcs has hurt the bulls. Usually teams have 1/2 young stars their trying to develop, but the bulls have 4 in their starting lineup alone. This as well has hurt the young players development.

Personally I think after this year if they get #1, draft Emaka Okafor. Trade Curry/or Chandler/And crawford for solid starters with winning experience. Then the bulls have 3 good young players in kirk, emaka, curry or chandler.
 

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Another mistake I would argue is the drafting of JWill. Putting his accident aside (no one could predict that), why draft a PG when you already used a lottery pick on a PG 2 seasons before? Why not toy with one of the many offers available (GS?!?!?!?) or come out and draft the SG/SF that we desperately needed? Furthermore, duplicating your draft effort, and then refusing to trade one of your two PGs was absolutely assinine.
 

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A lot of thought and work went into this post. Generally, I agree with your list of mistakes that were made by Krause & company, although one can only speculate when it comes to what free agents might have signed with the Bulls.
 

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Originally posted by <b>sp00k</b>!
Another mistake I would argue is the drafting of JWill. Putting his accident aside (no one could predict that), why draft a PG when you already used a lottery pick on a PG 2 seasons before? Why not toy with one of the many offers available (GS?!?!?!?) or come out and draft the SG/SF that we desperately needed? Furthermore, duplicating your draft effort, and then refusing to trade one of your two PGs was absolutely assinine.
Totally disagree. With a pick like that, you don't let Michael Jordan, I mean Jay Williams, slip to the third pick just to take Sam Bowie, I mean whoever. Yes, Jay didn't live up to his predraft hype, but he was one of the best guards in college basketball ever, with the speed and the skills to do the same in the league. Krause had to take him.

Also remember that Jamal was not even close to ready his rookie year and tore his ACL his 2nd year. This is the guy you don't take Michael Jordan for? That makes no sense.
 

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We all can sit here and point out the mistakes made by the Bulls over the past few years. It's easy to do that. One thing that we have to realize is that "ALL 29 TEAMS IN THE NBA have made mistakes over the past years". Not just us! We have to look at the fact that where we are at comparing other teams who started to rebuild at the same time as us.

I am no expert or anything but lets take a look at those teams.

1. Orlando: They are not much better than us although they got the two big free agents that year. Arguably, they are in more trouble than we are.

2. Miami: They just got better this year because of Wade and Odom. They haven't done jack in the past few years.

3. Grizzlies: Yes, they are probably better than us now. But how long has it taken them? They took Gasol and weren't good immediately. It has taken them a couple years. Unfortunately, we have had more injuries to our team than their. So it's a close call.

4. Hawks: No comment!

5. Cavs: They are only better because of James. If we had James, we would be good too.

There are more teams but i can't think of them right now. So don't say that we have the worst management. Our management is not bad comparing to others. At least, we are still pretty good potentially.
 
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