Late rally sinks Bulls vs. Wizards

Late rally sinks Bulls vs. Wizards

There are 31 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 29, 2008, titled Late rally sinks Bulls vs. Wizards. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Antawn Jamison, Roger Mason and Andray Blatche each scored 17 points, and the struggling Washington Wizards used a third-quarter surge to overcome an 18-point deficit and beat the Bulls 97-91 on Friday night.

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Chad

Hinsdale, IL

#1 Mar 1, 2008
What Loul Deng Superstar isn't enough to beat the hapless Wizards? Hey Pax maybe you should have listened to Skiles maybe the coach wasn't the problem perhaps it is your players and you that suck!
Hardliner

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Mar 1, 2008
You will not find a more heartless disinterested group of mediocre talent than this lineup. They are absolutely pathetic from the newly acquired bums to their resident noble peace prize candidate Deng. They need to do what Golden State did last year and trade practically the whole roster in one move and start over. I see no bright spots here or the possibility of any.
Brent in NC

Great Falls, MT

#3 Mar 1, 2008
unbelievable last night..... get a clue paxson.... fans have been calling you out all year.. maybe its too late to save your job. i agree with the above- clean house. i said it before hughes will turn out to be just like the rest. one good game then 4 shooting 25 percent. im ready for baseball.
Moe

Newport News, VA

#4 Mar 1, 2008
Kirk Hinrich, Thabo Sefalosha, Andres Nocioni, and Chris Duhon for Dwayne Wade and someone else
Moe

Newport News, VA

#5 Mar 1, 2008
John Pax is a bum
Doug

Chicago Heights, IL

#6 Mar 1, 2008
For those who thought the Bulls couldn't do worse than they did under Jerry Krause and Tim Floyd, this season is quite enlightening.

Since: Mar 08

United States

#7 Mar 1, 2008
One word to describe the Bulls - UNWATCHABLE.

Time to hit the reset button on this team AGAIN and get rid of all these lazy, spoiled brats.

What a waste. What a shame.
Wisconsin Reader

Cornell, WI

#8 Mar 1, 2008
All season it has been obvious the Bulls lack a point guard who can protect and distribute the ball ... They also lack a solid big man who can defend and rebound...

Last night they continually turned the ball over and were destroyed on the defensive board.

They have a lot of jump shooters - when they are not hitting - they lose!
Pete

Chicago, IL

#9 Mar 1, 2008
This season was over before it began. Lets not pretend they even have any chance at the playoffs, even in a league where any .500 team gets in. Forfeit the remainder of the games this season, give the fans their money back, and "wait till next year".
Hilary

Severn, MD

#10 Mar 1, 2008
Maybe Boylan should call himself out. His lineups made no sense in that second half. Playing Thomas 9 minutes the entire game? How about how he put a PF like Gooden in at center against legit 7ft centers and then wonder why he was getting burn on the boards. Where was Noah and Gray? Oh, yeah, the on the bench next to Tyrus. When our hot shooting left us in the 3rd he should have put in rebounders since nothing was going in. Instead Boylan let the centers on the other team destroy us. At one point he was playing such small ball that Noc was playing five! Give me a break. Boylan, call yourself out for once. You don't have a clue. I hope we get a legit coach next year who can actually put together a rotation that makes sense. Enough with the mind games and insane substitutions. We have talent on this team and they are often either on the bench or being played out of their natural positions. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that is not going to work.
mary jane

United States

#11 Mar 1, 2008
Boylan and Paxon have no plan. Play the young players, try to develope them, an focus on next year. Gordon a ball handler, hughes as your go to guy, what a joke. They played better before gooden and hughes.
mary jane

United States

#12 Mar 1, 2008
Hilary wrote:
Maybe Boylan should call himself out. His lineups made no sense in that second half. Playing Thomas 9 minutes the entire game? How about how he put a PF like Gooden in at center against legit 7ft centers and then wonder why he was getting burn on the boards. Where was Noah and Gray? Oh, yeah, the on the bench next to Tyrus. When our hot shooting left us in the 3rd he should have put in rebounders since nothing was going in. Instead Boylan let the centers on the other team destroy us. At one point he was playing such small ball that Noc was playing five! Give me a break. Boylan, call yourself out for once. You don't have a clue. I hope we get a legit coach next year who can actually put together a rotation that makes sense. Enough with the mind games and insane substitutions. We have talent on this team and they are often either on the bench or being played out of their natural positions. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that is not going to work.
Total agreement!
Jerry in Arizona

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#13 Mar 1, 2008
Bookmark this game. This was the game that will cause big changes in the off season. Boylan is a nice guy, but not a head coach in the big leagues. And lots of the guys can't wait to get home to recheck their bank accounts. This is not a team that wants to play as a team. A bunch of individuals who get their paychecks, put on their uniforms when they have to and then go through the motions. Talent? Some. Effort --- other than Nocioni --- None. I like Pax a lot, but this has grown into a big mess. Time to start all over.
Wow

Princeton, IL

#14 Mar 1, 2008
I agree with the sentiments here, but you people are forgetting several things. Paxson is going nowhere. Reinsdorf has never let go anyone he figured was loyal to him. Just keep your mouth shut and be loyal to Reinsdorf. Keep your head down and seem to be too important. Also don't forget contract situations. Even if dumping everyone was possible, we could be looking at ten years of rebuilding. There are a few Bulls I would keep to build around. I have no problems with Deng and Nocioini, and a few others. But the Bulls still need a point guard that can play both ends, a proven inside scorer, and a guy to go to in a pinch siuation. I also wish Reinsdorf would consider a proven coach, rather tha guys that will kiss his butt.

Since: Jan 08

Los Angeles, CA

#15 Mar 1, 2008
The trade was made to tank on purpose. You see, the plan is to get in the lottery, where Flaxon has excelled. Putting in ludicrous lineups and screaming at your players is the perfect recipe for lethargic attitudes and getting that "lucky" lottery ball. What a shame I don't get to see these losers.

Go Lakers!
Bob

Bourbonnais, IL

#16 Mar 1, 2008
Cubs, Sox, Bulls, Black Hawks, Bears(minus the loss at Superbowl)Sky,the Fire, sprinkle in DePaul and Northwestern,it looks like Chicago is not the "place to be" in sports once again. I'm starting to think maybe it has something to do with the City and how fans tolerate mediocrity. Or perhaps it is the bogus owners/administrators,who in their infinite wisdom, play the fans for fools. They still make money and put a bad product on the field or court. All the above being known, the fans still go to the games and buy the jerseys. If You accept mediocrity, that is exactly what you get.
Scott Plocharczyk

Hickory Hills, IL

#17 Mar 1, 2008
Fans who still attend need to keep booing them off the court and boo Reinsdorf everytime he is seen. Giving blame to Paxson is not totally justified
ert

Champaign, IL

#18 Mar 1, 2008
The Bulls have a group of talented players with heart (some of them - eg, Kirk, Deng, Thabo, Tyrus, Noc, Noah are with a big heart); they just need a good coach to give them some directions.

It takes 5 starters plus solid bench plus a good coach to win the games. I saw so often people blame every loss on Kirk. Do these people understand basketball or are their brain functional?? Write something more intelligent please. The main reason they lost yesterday game is the coach's mismatched small ball (to the disadvantage of the Bulls), as Hilary has pointed out. I guess 2 pts/4reb/2 ast in 9 min was not considered an "A" game for Tyrus, so he benched Tyrus. Similarly, 6 pts (on 3 shots)/3 ast/0 TO/2 stl in 16 min was not considered an "A" game for Kirk, so he benched Kirk last time. On the other hand, some other players had worse or much worse stats and played lousy defense were considered to have an "A" game and allowed to stay in games. I'd like to know what a grade system Boylan uses.

“Kirk Hinrich, Thabo Sefalosha, Andres Nocioni, and Chris Duhon for Dwayne Wade and someone else”- Moe

I would do that trade in a heart beat if I were Riley. A lineup with Kirk, Thabo, Marion, Haslem, a servable C, Noc (6th man) with Riley’s coaching can potentially win the East next year, whereas the next year’s Bulls would be like this year’s Heat.
teepee

Mobile, AL

#19 Mar 1, 2008
Bob wrote:
Cubs, Sox, Bulls, Black Hawks, Bears(minus the loss at Superbowl)Sky,the Fire, sprinkle in DePaul and Northwestern,it looks like Chicago is not the "place to be" in sports once again. I'm starting to think maybe it has something to do with the City and how fans tolerate mediocrity. Or perhaps it is the bogus owners/administrators,who in their infinite wisdom, play the fans for fools. They still make money and put a bad product on the field or court. All the above being known, the fans still go to the games and buy the jerseys. If You accept mediocrity, that is exactly what you get.
I agree. Chicago is known for embracing also-rans. It's the fans fault. They have never understood that the name of professional sports is to WIN. Maybe the city of Chicago should move to New York or Boston.

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Since: Sep 07

Wilmette, IL

#20 Mar 1, 2008
Unless there is less than a week to go, never call someone an "interim coach." An "interim coach" is just like a substitute teacher and destined to get the same amount of respect. Call the coach "coach." They are all "interim" anyway, hired to be fired. It's just a question of time. As for Boylan, his time is soon and he is starting to panic.

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