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Krause praises staff and scouts. JK loved hum as a HS senior and college freshy. Praising Crawford big time, can fit extremely well togeher" Did want Mason's position at #30 but stood out on the board. Best, "we'll see what happens, fine player" Baxter, saw Maryland 8 or 9 times (praised Wilcox).
 

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More JK, Mike Dunleavy told Bulls, pick me at #2, I'll stay in the draft. JK told him I can't guarantee it
Will be active in free agency with both exceptions starting Monday when its legal.
Said he is mad at himself for not mentioning Marcus earlier, but there are so many young players, he just forgot. Will be very active in free agency. He and Cartwright have some guys targeted and will be very aggressive.
Tyson Chandler will bulk up but will never be huge, he will be wiry strong. Says he hasn't measured him, but thinks he is 7'2" now.
Says at 10 pm last night Chandler was watching videos at Berto center after 2 workouts. Says he has the drive to be great and Curry and Hassell are also driven to excel.
Has 2 assistant coaches to hire. Interview over. Bullsnews chatroom was the place to be for the draft.

I'm pumped Jay Williams is the key.
 

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Thx Songcycle for announcing the Krause interview. I ran to the radio and heard the whole thing. Here's my overall impression:

There aren't going to be any trades. Consider this roster stabilized for this season. After free agency is complete, the second round draft choices may not stick on the final roster. Krause is very, very high on Fizer, Robinson and Crawford. He was always high on Curry, Chandler and Rose.

So now we have a team to watch as it grows and develops.

I am very excited.
 

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Originally posted by RealFan
Thx Songcycle for announcing the Krause interview. I ran to the radio and heard the whole thing. Here's my overall impression:

There aren't going to be any trades. Consider this roster stabilized for this season. After free agency is complete, the second round draft choices may not stick on the final roster. Krause is very, very high on Fizer, Robinson and Crawford. He was always high on Curry, Chandler and Rose.

So now we have a team to watch as it grows and develops.

I am very excited.
I think Mason is gonna make it because he can play multiple positions.... I'm not so sure if Baxter will stick though....
 

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ty soncycle for the radio information.

ty bullsnews for the chat room last night

The fact that we got baxter in the second round tells me JK will not invite cisse to the camp. Also, depending on who we get FA, baxter might not even make the club. But if he did, he will play limited mintutes. Very limited.
 

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NBA.com has Lonny Baxter as one of the four players to choose from in the "biggest surprise to slip out of the 1st round". Did anyone expect him to go 1st round? If so, maybe Krause caught a steal. I'm not sure I want him to stick. Am warming to Mason.
 

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If he does stick he wont play much. IR. That has a nice ring to it doesn't it? How long has it been since we have said that our draft pick won't play that much or might not even make the team?
 

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If he does stick he wont play much. IR. That has a nice ring to it doesn't it? How long has it been since we have said that our draft pick won't play that much or might not even make the team?
Sean Lampley..... but I understand your point. Having 6 guys from that horrible class of 2000 all play contributing minutes wasa nightmare that should never be repeated.
 

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I expect both Mason & Baxter to make the roster simply because including them and Richardson (who the Bulls may or may not keep) and expecting Best, Oakley, and Guyton to be sent packing, leaves us with a roster of 13, there is room to add 2 free agents, the defensive minded three BC referred to is probably Bruce Bowen with Matt Harpring as a contingency. Then add Scott Williams for pf/c depth and we are good to go.
 

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bowen i would take now. I didnt want him last year because we had artest. S Williams is fine. But i would like popeye jones!! Harpring? You bet!
 

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Originally posted by truebluefan
If he does stick he wont play much. IR. That has a nice ring to it doesn't it? How long has it been since we have said that our draft pick won't play that much or might not even make the team?
Does have a nice ring to it, but im more concerned about another ring, if you get my drift truebluefan.
 

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I would like to add 3 guys.....

Bowen won't come here. How about making a run at Malik Rose? Then we can outbid the 76ers for Harpring, and sign Scott Williams for a cheap contract just over the minimum.....
 

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Lonny Baxter is underrated.

He's a powerful monster who lacks the soaring athleticism of Chris Wilcox but can be virtually unmoveable in the paint. If he shows that he knows how to come in and get 8 rebounds in 18 minutes, then he'll be on our IR, at the very least. Anyone can always use more rebounds.

The more and more I think about it, the more difficult it becomes to really root for Fizer next year. I don't know many teams in the NBA where you can see huge minutes for two players playing the same position. Chandler is really not that versatile yet... he might be able to defend the SF position, but won't have any offense there. Fizer doesn't work at SF either, for more than very spot minutes.

Fizer really might develop into the type of player that can post, pop a j, defend the interior, and maybe even learn how to crash boards. An all-around strong PF, something better than a "role" player but not quite a star. On a team with an amazing backcourt and a strong center, Fizer would fit in perfectly. On a team like the Bulls, where Chandler, Curry, and Rose are the main focus, Fizer just doesn't seem to fit.

Bench players are always better as being role players, unless they are called upon to be starters in the case of injury.

That's why the Kings won't be able to hang on to Turkoglu, and why the Wolves will have to make a deal with either Brandon or Billups, and why the Clippers are just straight up screwed. These teams have players with starting capability (or are developing it) sitting on the bench, and because of this, will eventually lose them to free agency anyway, since those player will be worthy of a hefty contract. Hedo might stay with the Kings because they are one of the best teams around, but other teams with other player?

Consider the Bulls, now. Fizer honestly has the ability to push for a starting spot on several teams: Orlando, Milwaukee, Seattle, Phoenix, and New Orleans. Of course, a lot of these teams are addressing their needs at PF through the draft, but Fizer is a proven player and won't demand the max for a long term contract.

Chandler Fizer Baxter. Sounds like a nice luxury for frontcourt depth, but it can't last.

This is why we will keep Baxter, even if only on the IR.
 

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the profiles of all three young men are at bulls.com

Baxter shot over 54% last year. Of course his FTs wasn't much more than that. Rebounds well. Averaged two blocks a game!!!
 
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