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My take on the Bulls is simple. in the next 3 -5 years this team will be dominant and a player in the playoffs for years to come. As i said all the laughter and the mud thrown on this organisation will be thrown back with vengeance. I am not a Bull fan, but their squad is very exciting that it is intriguing to me that I need to comment on it.I will discuss some points:

1) Getting Jalen Rose for Ron Mercer, Miller, Artest. Advantage Bulls in this trade. Whenever you get a chance to get a superstar without giving up a superstar you pull off the trade, with no questions asked. this is what the Bulls did. they got one of the most versatile players in the league. a guy that can be counted on to get the scoreboard ticking over and someone who will not hide when a clutch shot is needed. I never see him get his shot blocked, because he is so long. he is 6"8, with a long wingspan for a player. he can pinch hit at the point, two guard and small forward. He gives the Bulls veteran leadership as well as proven playoff experience, when he went to the finals with the Pacers and performed great against the Lakers. Getting rid of Miller helps, as it allows Curry and Chandler time to grow into the superstars that they will become. I was dismayed at the start of the season, when they were hardly playing much, but I was happy when they started getting regular playing time by the second half of the season.

2) the 2001 draft. one of the best drafts that I have seen by a team. getting Chandler and Curry at the one time. Firstly the trade for Brand and Chandler. Brand is a great player, but in my opinion, what he is doing now, is what he will be doing in the next 10 years in the league. Chandler is quicker than him, taller, a better shotblocker, more athletic and will be harder to guard in the future. Chandler will be a better defensive player than Brand. It is going to take some kick a'ss player to shoot over Tyson, with his long reach and wingspan. so why not pull off the trade. Chandler can also pinch hit at centre, when the Bulls want to play a quicker more athletic lineup. Let him get the rebound and start the fast break. Curry will also be a monster. i have seen some flashes of him last year and he looked like he also has superstar potential. I think that Chandler in the future will be a better rebounder and shotblocker while Eddy Curry will score more points . I advise Curry to work on his free throw shooting, as his post up play is going to get him alot of fouls in the paint, so he needs to cash in on his free throws. No-one is expecting him to be like Shaq, but he has the size and soon there is not much you can do to stop him, so all you can do is foul him. So he needs to go to work on his free throw shooting. What teams are going to do this year is to remove him from the low blocks. They will try to drag him out of the key and force him to guard a jump shooting big man. For example, playing a McDyess, or a Camby on him, guys who can shoot the 15 foot jumper on offence. they want to drag Curry out of the blocks. Curry is not quick, so they will try to make him run through picks, allowing the quicker offensive player to wheel by him and score. they will try to isolate him by forcing him to defend the perimiter. But Cartwright will know this and will need to develop a plan to counter this act.

3) getting Trenton Hassell in the second round last year. A huge huge steal for the team. He can develop into a Bryon Russell type player. A guy who can play the two or the three. he is the type of guy who can come into the game and attempt to cool the hot hand. he is also an adequate scorer. Being likened to Bryon Russell is a good compliment and demonstares this guys versatility at a young age.

4) The rumours of trading the #2 pick this year. Crazy, when a guy like Jay Williams comes along you do not trade him for a veteran. they already have bigs in Curry and Chandler as well as one superstar in Rose, so there is no need for a veteran. He is going to be a superstar in the league. I liken him to a Baron Davis type player. A guy that can finish and drive and dish whenever he wants to. Once again I hope that Williams is working on his free throws, as he is going to wheel by defenders with ease in the future. So he can expect alot of cheap fouls on him, so once again he needs to cash in and get the cheap free throws whenever the opportunity presents itself.

5) The Bulls do not need Rashard Lewis. if they get him, there is just not going to be enough shots around for everyone. i mean if Lewis comes to the Bulls, he is probably going to be the #1 option on offence. he puts up alot of shots now with the Sonics and that is after Payton has shot all of his shots. he will look to score all the time. Curry and Chandler need to develop their offence now so getting Lewis would not be an option at this stage.

6) The Bulls need to be vary of player contracts. look, in 3 years or whatever the team needs to have the cap money to max out guys like Curry and Chandler. then a year later Jay Williams. they need to be wary. So I think the team should have its core of players, and than sign role players veterans for one/two years contracts, to free up cap room to sign and keep their potential superstars. That is why I do not like the signing of Eddie Robinson last year. i know that they got Rose later, but they both play the same position. Robinson needs the ball to be a good player. he cannot get his own shot, he needs plays to be run specifically for him and his jump shot is unpolished at this stage. Sure he can get to the hole, but with the Hornets he could come off the bench and play against tired starters and drive and dunk. Can he do this as a starter??

7) Throw Williams in at the deep end. there is no point making him a sixth man. the Bulls probably will not make the playoffs this year, so they need to start him and develop him now. let him know what he is going to be up against with NBA quality point guards, now. Sign a guy like Terry Porter for a year. This guy has experienced everything in the NBA. he has been to the finals with the Blazers as has almost 20 years of experience. he will show Williams the ropes and he still has a killer jump shot and three point jumper. They need a great mentor for Williams and this guy is the answer.

8) No more long term contracts for veterans, as i said before. Do not waste money on guys who will just be role players/bench players. i would not take Matt Harpring either. he is slow and plays more like a power forward in a small forwards body. His ball handling is not that good, they are alraedy paying Rose and Robinson big dollars to play that same position so they do not need him.

9) I do not like the triangle offence. i was briefly with a college team and I hated it. There is no flow of the offence, so maybe the Bulls should only use it sparingly. if they use it most of the time, Williams will not be able to use his skills and go to work on his defender. i would look to play a fast up tempo offence where the players are able to use their skills and act instinctively. I also do not think that the Bulls have enough perimiter passers to pull this kind of offence off. When this offence is not working, the offence will not function, and often the only result is to fire off ill timed jump shots as the buzzer sounds. The offence stagnates if you do not have the players to pull off the triangle offence.

10) expect players to get free, because Rose is going to get double teamed and triple teamed at all instances. defences are going to want him to give up the ball. they want Rose to be a spectator on offence . So the team better get ready to drive to the hole, when they are free, or get jumpers on when they are unmarked. This is the key of having Jalen Rose, he can pass out of double teams, because he is so tall and long, so expect some easy baskets coming your way.

Anyway I hope that you like my take on the Bulls. As I said the future really looks great for the Bulls. I could have talked about Fizer and Crawford but i did not have the time. Good Luck Bulls!!!
 

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thanks for the support.

I tend to agree with much of what you wrote out here. being a bulls fan of course we tend to overrate our team, our players, even when they were utterly the worst team in the league.

since this time last year, however, I think most of us Bulls fans really saw the team turn the corner to return to a quality team (if not elite). it's definitly cool when fans of others teams start to see some of the same things that we see through our admitedly rosey (no pun intended) colored glasses.
 

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kingofkings, i was wondering when you would get around to us. I enjoy reading your articles on other teams. Very good article!! You will find a lot of bulls fans would agree with this. Many of us have been saying 3 to 5 years, we should be hard to deal with by then.
 

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I do not think any of the media criticism leveled at the Bulls the past 4 years has been uncalled for one bit.

You present a realistic scenario but one that is not absolutely destined to come true.

The key truly lies in Curry and Chandler. They need to develop, without leveling off, and when the time comes they need to stay with the Bulls.

I think by the time these guys are ready to come out of their rookie deal, we will be looking at a totally new CBA. Who knows what is going to happen then?

Too many contigencies to fully agree with you right now.
 

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Originally posted by kingofkings
I advise Curry to work on his free throw shooting, as his post up play is going to get him alot of fouls in the paint, so he needs to cash in on his free throws. No-one is expecting him to be like Shaq, but he has the size and soon there is not much you can do to stop him, so all you can do is foul him. So he needs to go to work on his free throw shooting. What teams are going to do this year is to remove him from the low blocks. They will try to drag him out of the key and force him to guard a jump shooting big man. For example, playing a McDyess, or a Camby on him, guys who can shoot the 15 foot jumper on offence. they want to drag Curry out of the blocks. Curry is not quick, so they will try to make him run through picks, allowing the quicker offensive player to wheel by him and score. they will try to isolate him by forcing him to defend the perimiter. But Cartwright will know this and will need to develop a plan to counter this act.
I don't think it'll be so easy to draw Curry out of the paint. And even if you do, you've only made more room for chandler, who's the better rebounder anyway. Curry IS quick for a center. He's just not as learned at playing defense, but as you said that will come with time. The problem for teams playing quick C's on Curry, is that I don't think a light and quick C can guard Curry. He'll simply abuse them. End of story. When thinking of match-ups, thing about both sides of the court. How can McDyess or Camby stop Curry?
 

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Is that an article, or just a regular post?

It was posted in the Editorials section as well, but to me, this is just a post, not an article or editorial. Maybe I'm not clear on what the difference is, but I guess it doesn't really matter. You would probably never see something written like this in a magazine or at espn.com, so I would call it more of a post. That doesn't mean the opinions are wrong or anything, because I think what you said is basically what most Bulls fans think.

I do think you're wrong about the triangle offense though. I don't know what college you were briefly with, but that would explain why it didn't work for you, because you were only there briefly. the triangle IS flow on offense. The key to it is keeping balance on the court and stuff like that. I'm not an expert on it, but I do know that maintaining the flow of the offense is critical. If that's not how it worked for you then whoever was teaching it was doing a bad job or you just weren't doing it right.

Also, not that it matters, but you spelled offense wrong about 20 times, it's a s at the end, not a c.
 

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Hmmmmm media....

Originally posted by BCH
I do not think any of the media criticism leveled at the Bulls the past 4 years has been uncalled for one bit.

You present a realistic scenario but one that is not absolutely destined to come true.

The key truly lies in Curry and Chandler. They need to develop, without leveling off, and when the time comes they need to stay with the Bulls.

I think by the time these guys are ready to come out of their rookie deal, we will be looking at a totally new CBA. Who knows what is going to happen then?

Too many contigencies to fully agree with you right now.
The Bulls have been terrible the last three years plus; THAT is a fact. However, I have watched MANY games on direct tv's NBA league pass the last three years and find that the media, referees, and even the game commentators took what seemed to be, pride in "bashing" certain players on the Bulls team, as well as jerry krause. There was justification for razzing this team, as they were not very good, however, no respect was given to them by a LOT of media that I heard AND especially the referees of their games. Calls were made against the Bulls just for the simple fact that most players on the team were rookies and had not "paid their dues" in many peoples eyes. The outcome of MANY games in the last three years were decided by referees calls which, after a point in time, can take the wind out of a players sails and cause them to give up. I saw it many times in Jalen Rose's face just this last year. Imagine what the teams two years before he came felt like? All I am saying is, yeah, this Bulls team has been bad, but the media, referees and the game by game announcers for the most part did not do them any justice. Sorry for my rant but I have HATED watching our team get treated the way they have for so long, even IF they did play badly. GO BULLS~~~:angel:

I almost forgot my other point. In my opinion, I believe one star of the Bulls to be Jamal Crawford. He might not have the raw talent or some of his basketball savvy, but he reminds me so much of MJ and I guess that is why I want him to be the star, but you look at MJ's physique when he left north carolina....i did....then I looked at jamal crawford now....MAN! Don't believe me?.... take a look! IF i can find photos that I can post I will post them.....NOW, GO BULLS~~~:grinning:
 

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Bama, it is amazing that you compare Crawford's and Mj's physiques! Good observation, I have pointed that very thing out numerous times! Coming out of college their physiques are practically identical! Now hopefully their games will end up that way! LOL!
 

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KoK, very nice analysis. I have one comment about your point five.

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5) The Bulls do not need Rashard Lewis. if they get him, there is just not going to be enough shots around for everyone. i mean if Lewis comes to the Bulls, he is probably going to be the #1 option on offence. he puts up alot of shots now with the Sonics and that is after Payton has shot all of his shots. he will look to score all the time. Curry and Chandler need to develop their offence now so getting Lewis would not be an option at this stage.
Lewis averaged 18.1 FGA per 48 minutes last year. On the Bulls, that would have ranked him behind Rose (23.2), Mercer (22.9), Fizer (20.8), Artest (20.5), and Crawford (18.6) and the same as Robinson (18.1). So Lewis does not demand a lot of shots.

In fact, the team as a whole averaged 15.8 FGA per player per 48 minutes last year. In other words, Lewis is closer to the team average in FGA per 48 minutes than he is to Fizer.

If anything, since Lewis demanded fewer shots than the folks he would replace (Crawford, Fizer, and Robinson), trading for him might result in more not less opportunities for Chandler, Curry, JWill, and Rose.
 

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kingofkings, that was honestly one of the smartest posts I've read in a long time. I agreed with pretty much everything u said. You shoould post here more often!
 

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Originally posted by BCH
The key truly lies in Curry and Chandler. They need to develop, without leveling off, and when the time comes they need to stay with the Bulls.

I think by the time these guys are ready to come out of their rookie deal, we will be looking at a totally new CBA. Who knows what is going to happen then?

Too many contigencies to fully agree with you right now.
As much as it pains me to admit it, BCH has hit the nail right on the head. Krause has put all of his chips on 2 and 3. If they pan out, the rest of the roster becomes almost inconsequential. If there's one thing we know Krause can do, it's assembling complementary talent around two superstars.

(I'm not dismissing JWill's chances of becoming a franchise player--he certainly has the make-up and skill set to be an Isiah-type guard. It's just that the deck's a little stacked against him because of his size.)

As for Chandler and Curry bolting when their deals are up, that's the risk any team takes every time they draft any player, let alone a high schooler. But I doubt if one or both leave that it would be due to a change in the CBA. In fact, I read in a recent piece on the luxury tax (sorry, can't remember what it was) that ownership and the union were considering a quick meeting to extend the existing agreement by another two years. Without a significant spike or drop in revenue, there's no reason for either side to drastically rework the current deal.
 

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I think that Curry and Chandler will make every effort to stay with us if 1) we start winning (I think we will) and 2) they like their teammates as much as they appear to. These guys seam like they really enjoy playing together. Craw, Curry, and Chan got #1,2,and 3 because they wanted to be together "for a very long time" or something like that. If they enjoy playing here I think they will stay.

Another good thing is that our owner is not like the clippers owner. He will open up the checkbood when he needs to pay to keep the players. He paid MJ what, like 36 mil (i think) his final year. I think if the team is a serious competitor he will shell out the money to keep the players.
 
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