K.C. Johnson's Bulls mailbag

K.C. Johnson's Bulls mailbag

There are 14 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Nov 27, 2008, titled K.C. Johnson's Bulls mailbag. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The Chicago Tribune's Bulls reporter answers reader questions. 3:35 PM CST, November 27, 2008 Time to give thanks for Bulls fans.

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Florida Jim

Port Orange, FL

#1 Nov 28, 2008
Thank you for giving up much of your Thanksgiving Day to answer the questions posed by patient fans.
Rod from Tennessee

AOL

#2 Nov 28, 2008
To say that "to a lesser extent" Deng is untradable, just goes to show how egotistical this management team is. Deng has proven himself to be an average talent at best, who's penchant for injury is constant. Yet, because Paxson was so foolish in his making Deng off limits in any trade scenario's, some of which could have benefitted the Bulls greatly, Paxson now appears as if he has to continue to push Deng as an untouchable, to show he wasn't wrong in his previous assessment's of Luol. All this while the trade value of Deng digresses more and more everyday.

Just one of the many examples which show the poor job that Paxson is doing as a GM. The primary ability a GM needs to have is an ability to evaluate talent, and Paxson rates at the bottom in this department imo. In fact, Jerry Krause would put Paxson to shame in his abilities to evaluate talent. All you have to do, is look back on each guy's draft picks. I'll take Jordon, Pippen, Grant, Armstrong, Brand, Chandler, among many others over Deng, Thomas, Noah etc. Good grief, i better stop with this post before i depress myself.
JoeBu

United States

#3 Nov 28, 2008
My two cents: I assume Deng's relative "untouchability" has something to do with his versatility. He seems to do nothing outstandingly, but (almost) everything well, and so is able to combine with a wide variety of "pieces." Compare to Gordon, who has a very one-dimensional game; he does one thing outstandingly, with huge weaknesses at other areas, and so needs very specific pieces around him to maximize his effectiveness (or maybe it's better to say minimize his flaws).

Let's face it, at this point, it's about who will work alongside the franchise. I don't see Gordon doing so, and should be traded ASAP, or at least before he walks away. I'm never been a huge Heinrich fan, but even he fits with Rose better than Gordon. But I do agree with Rod from Tennessee that we're living through Pax trying to paint over his mistakes of the last few years.
Now Wait a Minute

Munster, IN

#4 Nov 28, 2008
I've never liked your understanding about basketball, KC, and now I have proof. If you think that Ben Gordon is the answer to being the point man when Rose is allegedly double-teamed across the timeline, then go report on another sport, please!
And BG often takes the ball after he gets an infrequent rebound rather than dish off to Rose.
The Bulls need to make a trade right now for a person to play alongside Rose now that Hinrich is out. Otherwise, it's over, man. Like I said, 25 wins with these bunch of underachievers.
Corey Benjamin

Glendale, AZ

#5 Nov 28, 2008
Now Wait a Minute wrote:
I've never liked your understanding about basketball, KC, and now I have proof. If you think that Ben Gordon is the answer to being the point man when Rose is allegedly double-teamed across the timeline, then go report on another sport, please!
And BG often takes the ball after he gets an infrequent rebound rather than dish off to Rose.
The Bulls need to make a trade right now for a person to play alongside Rose now that Hinrich is out. Otherwise, it's over, man. Like I said, 25 wins with these bunch of underachievers.
So they are going to go 18-48 the rest of the season? Thats definately not going to happen. 35-45 wins this season
dan

Orland Park, IL

#6 Nov 28, 2008
now wait a minute ur a kid dude u really dont understand the bulls or game of b-ball all we need is kaman to be our center and we be good we shoud trade hinrich or hughes or even bg and noah for kaman and scrub we need to clear this roster a bit and get low post guy so we can be contenders cuz we got one of best pg's to come... hey guys check out my youtube channel its all bulls and rose 24/7 my name is derkach77 on youtube also suscribe to me there thx GO BULLS!!!!!
ziggy

Chicago, IL

#7 Nov 28, 2008
Okay, so, let me understand this correctly:

Noah is a really great player in college;
Noah has a solid first year in the NBA;

Vinny shows up as a coach, and all the big players go down in quality. Could it maybe be that VDN, a point guard, doesn't know how to draw plays that feature centers and forwards?

Noah can be a good player, but if there are no plays for F/Cs, then how can he participate?
MRB33

Elizabeth, NJ

#8 Nov 28, 2008
they run a high pick and role with tyrus or Noah here and there.when rose gives it up to them they can't hit a jump shot.with that being said teams will most likely double rose.I don't understand why vdn use ty and Noah for those plays because thats not their strenght.they are garbage points type of guys until other wise they prove that have a consistent jump shot.VDN for the high pick and role with rose should use gooden or nocioni because although not consistent they can hit the jump shot or drive it to the whole.
if we do acquier a big man with post play it will change this team drastically.
Nada Surf

Mesa, AZ

#9 Nov 28, 2008
Rod from Tennessee wrote:
To say that "to a lesser extent" Deng is untradable, just goes to show how egotistical this management team is. Deng has proven himself to be an average talent at best, who's penchant for injury is constant. Yet, because Paxson was so foolish in his making Deng off limits in any trade scenario's, some of which could have benefitted the Bulls greatly, Paxson now appears as if he has to continue to push Deng as an untouchable, to show he wasn't wrong in his previous assessment's of Luol. All this while the trade value of Deng digresses more and more everyday.
Just one of the many examples which show the poor job that Paxson is doing as a GM. The primary ability a GM needs to have is an ability to evaluate talent, and Paxson rates at the bottom in this department imo. In fact, Jerry Krause would put Paxson to shame in his abilities to evaluate talent. All you have to do, is look back on each guy's draft picks. I'll take Jordon, Pippen, Grant, Armstrong, Brand, Chandler, among many others over Deng, Thomas, Noah etc. Good grief, i better stop with this post before i depress myself.
Thanks, you were starting to depress me with your twisted logic...
Anyone, including Paxson, would have pushed for Jordan and Pippen and the others you mentioned. Krausse also paid a ton for Eddie Robinson and drafted Curry and Chandler way too high...
The Bulls will start flying high again once they can get rid of Gordon and Hughes and Sefalosha starts showing what he can do.
Nada Surf

Mesa, AZ

#10 Nov 28, 2008
JoeBu wrote:
My two cents: I assume Deng's relative "untouchability" has something to do with his versatility. He seems to do nothing outstandingly, but (almost) everything well, and so is able to combine with a wide variety of "pieces." Compare to Gordon, who has a very one-dimensional game; he does one thing outstandingly, with huge weaknesses at other areas, and so needs very specific pieces around him to maximize his effectiveness (or maybe it's better to say minimize his flaws).
Let's face it, at this point, it's about who will work alongside the franchise. I don't see Gordon doing so, and should be traded ASAP, or at least before he walks away. I'm never been a huge Heinrich fan, but even he fits with Rose better than Gordon. But I do agree with Rod from Tennessee that we're living through Pax trying to paint over his mistakes of the last few years.
I don't see where Deng does everything well. He doesn't handle the ball well, he doesn't get off his own shots well and he doesn't shoot well when open...
I would say to hang onto him (but certainly listen to offers if there are any) and get Sefalosha, Gray and Thomas in there to see what they can do. There is no reason to play Gordon, Hughes and Gooden anymore.
Nada Surf

Mesa, AZ

#11 Nov 28, 2008
ziggy wrote:
Okay, so, let me understand this correctly:
Noah is a really great player in college;
Noah has a solid first year in the NBA;
Vinny shows up as a coach, and all the big players go down in quality. Could it maybe be that VDN, a point guard, doesn't know how to draw plays that feature centers and forwards?
Noah can be a good player, but if there are no plays for F/Cs, then how can he participate?
Who says the forwards aren't as good as they were last year?
Nocioni, Deng and Gooden are just as mediocre as they were last year and will probably remain there no matter who the coach is...
Gray is much better and Thomas is better.
Now Wait a Minute

Munster, IN

#12 Nov 29, 2008
dan wrote:
now wait a minute ur a kid dude u really dont understand the bulls or game of b-ball all we need is kaman to be our center and we be good we shoud trade hinrich or hughes or even bg and noah for kaman and scrub we need to clear this roster a bit and get low post guy so we can be contenders cuz we got one of best pg's to come... hey guys check out my youtube channel its all bulls and rose 24/7 my name is derkach77 on youtube also suscribe to me there thx GO BULLS!!!!!
a kid? I was born in the 1950's and watched the Chet Walker/Love/Sloan era when the game was played correctly. And I don't understand your ebonics. Take the shoe out of your mouth, please. What or who is kaman?
Paul Milem

East Wenatchee, WA

#13 Dec 1, 2008
I think the Bulls are doing pretty well. What if Rose gets better, Deng adapts to the new offense, Hinrick heals up and plays well, and the transition defense improves? What if either Noah or Thomas improve? I think there's a good chance that the Bulls will have a good season this year. I think Del Negro is doing well too. Do you think there's a good reason for all the negative comments you're getting?
DRose Fan

Irvine, CA

#14 Dec 1, 2008
K.C.
What do you think about Chris Wilcox, I was always a fan of Wilcox even when he was at Maryland, he is very strong and athletic inside the paint and he can get up and down the floor, I think he would fit in nicely with the Bulls and D. Rose uptempo style
they probably can just wait until he is a free agent this coming off season and just sign him and let Gooden walk but the Bulls need help inside NOW and I think Wilcox would provide that strength inside

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