Chicago Bulls beaten down and bruised

There are 49 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jan 4, 2009, titled Chicago Bulls beaten down and bruised. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

There was no mistaking the weariness in the Bulls' dressing room after Saturday night's 102-92 loss to Minnesota , their third defeat in a row.

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John Anthony

United States

#1 Jan 4, 2009
I get a kick out of these guys saying that Deng, Hinrich and Gooden are going to make the difference. Oh wow, now they might, just might come close, real close to maybe hopefully getting that 8th spot...and what we're they striving for before all the injuries? the 8th spot...
Big Syke

Chicago, IL

#2 Jan 4, 2009
I forgot the 3 injured starters the Bulls are missing are all star players. C'mon stop with the excuses. The 3 so called starters that are missing are mediocre players. Hinrich is probably the best player from those three. Gooden shoots too many jumpshots and can't defend or post up. Deng can't dribble, finish at the rim, post or stay to the ground when playing defense. These are the moves Pax makes. What a joke!
Larry

Olympia Fields, IL

#3 Jan 4, 2009
This team didn't play defense when they had everyone healthy so when Everyone return This team is still going to be a bad defensive team mainly because for some reason this Del Negro coached team do not plat defense. Lets be honest, Del Negro should not be coaching in the NBA, this Bulls team look God awful and if I see or hear anyone say Del Negro is doing a good job I am going to puke.
Vinny Stinks

Libertyville, IL

#4 Jan 4, 2009
Here is a fact: This team is badly constructed, loaded with unlikeable players, and poorly coached.

I've stopped watching this travesty. Organizations do not win championships, Michael Jordan does.
firepaxsonandvin ny

Skokie, IL

#5 Jan 4, 2009
Hunter sounds like a coach. More than my cousin Vinny at least.
Now Wait a Minute

Glenwood, IL

#6 Jan 4, 2009
You must be able to read my mind because I was going to write the same thing until I saw your comments.
Exactly! who's kidding whom?
John Anthony wrote:
I get a kick out of these guys saying that Deng, Hinrich and Gooden are going to make the difference. Oh wow, now they might, just might come close, real close to maybe hopefully getting that 8th spot...and what we're they striving for before all the injuries? the 8th spot...
Now Wait a Minute

Glenwood, IL

#7 Jan 4, 2009
You are preaching to the choir, my friend.
Larry wrote:
This team didn't play defense when they had everyone healthy so when Everyone return This team is still going to be a bad defensive team mainly because for some reason this Del Negro coached team do not plat defense. Lets be honest, Del Negro should not be coaching in the NBA, this Bulls team look God awful and if I see or hear anyone say Del Negro is doing a good job I am going to puke.
MRB33

Brooklyn, NY

#8 Jan 4, 2009
They mentioned michael ruffin what has he done all season nothing!!!pax signed him to sit on the bench way to take up a roster spot and what a signing by pax.stop with the excuses play and make moves!!!haven't watch their games in awhile because I believe this team needs a good trade to make this season worth it.hopefully some team will bite on our guys if iwas the gm everyone is available except rose!!
Dan

Hanover Park, IL

#10 Jan 4, 2009
Who is Vinny kidding? They just lost to the T-Wolves at home, and he's complaining about a "tough schedule?" Fire Vinny and Pax!
Disgusted

Manteno, IL

#11 Jan 4, 2009
The Bulls have gotten worse since the season started. It's hard for me to argue with any of the negative comments here. The only thing I'll say is not to be too hard on Del Negro. How well did these guys play under the previous two coaches? But it spells out that you don't put a new coach in charge of a bad team with moody, underperforming ballplayers if you want improvement.

Since: Aug 08

Springfield, IL

#12 Jan 4, 2009
Larry said it best. Bulls Team Defense is awful. Collins, Skiles, Riley, Van Gundy(Jeff or Stan), you see the Team Defense improve almost immediately upon there arrival. There is simply no excuse for the Chicago Bulls playing of pick and rolls and other offensive manistayus so horribly. Del Negro and the semi-retired, old warhorse gang from Cacoon VI need to go, likewise John Paxson. If Paxson and Del Negro both leave by season's end, then there still is the chance of turning things around with the hiring of a Jeff Van Gundy, Tom Thibedau(Boston), or if not those guys Avery Johnson.

Let Gooden and Gordon's contracts go. Bring in one good free agent this summer(Boozer, Mehmet Okur), and then rid yourself of Hinrich's and Nocioni's contracts for a 2010 Stoudemire, Bosh, Wade signing. Then a new GM star scout assistant GM from a New Orleans, Portland, or San Antonio. It will be a miracle if Reinsdorf does this though with the excuse of a bad economy, and fans filling the stands and his pockets even with these average, sub par to garbage teams for most of the last ten years. Come on Jerry, we've got a yong Derrick Rose, shock the world, and put this team back on the road to winning.
CalChiFan

Irvine, CA

#13 Jan 4, 2009
Disgusted wrote:
The only thing I'll say is not to be too hard on Del Negro.
Disgusted, I can sympathize with your emotions. However, del Negro should get as much of the blame as anyone else. I don't watch this crap too often anymore but the games I did see exhibited some of the most poorly coached efforts you'll ever see. E.g. that Boston game where Rondo had a million assists. Why were they picking Rondo up at half court? Make him shoot jump shots. But they were picking him up at half court and he was going to the rim at will. Didn't 1, just 1, of those dingbat coaches read a scouting report? Not to mention the way this team defends the pick-and-roll is probably the worse you'll ever see. Don't they work on that in practice? Things like that sit in del Negro's lap. Yes, he's a big part of the problem. Not the solution at all.
CalChiFan

Irvine, CA

#14 Jan 4, 2009
CentrILMark wrote:
It will be a miracle if Reinsdorf does this though with the excuse of a bad economy, and fans filling the stands and his pockets even with these average, sub par to garbage teams for most of the last ten years. Come on Jerry, we've got a yong Derrick Rose, shock the world, and put this team back on the road to winning.
CentrILMark, forget Reinsdorf trying to fix this. As long as the stadium is full, e.g. an unbelievable 20.5k to see the Bull lose to the Timberwolves, he has zero incentive to change anything. As I've said before it took a change in ownership, due to someone's passing, before the Blackhawks could rise from the muck-and-mire. That's probably what needs to happen here.
Nada Surf

B M Goldwater A F Range, AZ

#15 Jan 4, 2009
Vinny Stinks wrote:
Here is a fact: This team is badly constructed, loaded with unlikeable players, and poorly coached.
I've stopped watching this travesty. Organizations do not win championships, Michael Jordan does.
Jordan played seven years with the Bulls without a title.
Nada Surf

B M Goldwater A F Range, AZ

#16 Jan 4, 2009
CalChiFan wrote:
<quoted text>CentrILMark, forget Reinsdorf trying to fix this. As long as the stadium is full, e.g. an unbelievable 20.5k to see the Bull lose to the Timberwolves, he has zero incentive to change anything. As I've said before it took a change in ownership, due to someone's passing, before the Blackhawks could rise from the muck-and-mire. That's probably what needs to happen here.
You guys have badly overblown JR's "I like baseball better" comment. It's not like he hates basketball and won't do anything to improve the team...
They'll make changes pretty quickly, but Paxson will not be one of them going away.
Vinny Stinks

Libertyville, IL

#17 Jan 5, 2009
Nada Surf wrote:
<quoted text>Jordan played seven years with the Bulls without a title.
and your point is?

It has been 11 seasons since any semblance of playoff success (outside of the 2006/2007 season). Most of those 11 seasons have been pathetic attempts at putting a decent team on the court. Lottery pick after lottery pick has resulted in nothing but garbage (outside of Rose). Fans have had to sit through Jalen Rose, Ron Mercer, Larry Hughes, Eddy Curry, Dalibor Bagaric, Kornel David, Corey Benjamin, Dickey Simpkins, Keith Booth, Rusty LaRue, John Starks, Khalid Reeves, Khalid El-Amin, Dragan Tarlac, Marcus Fizer, Eddie Robinson, Lonny Baxter, Jay (Motorcycle) Williams, Paul Shirley, Lawrence Funderburke, Othella Harrington, Mike Sweetney, on and on and on...

and your point is?
terry t

Kihei, HI

#18 Jan 5, 2009
Vinny Stinks wrote:
<quoted text>
and your point is?
It has been 11 seasons since any semblance of playoff success (outside of the 2006/2007 season). Most of those 11 seasons have been pathetic attempts at putting a decent team on the court. Lottery pick after lottery pick has resulted in nothing but garbage (outside of Rose). Fans have had to sit through Jalen Rose, Ron Mercer, Larry Hughes, Eddy Curry, Dalibor Bagaric, Kornel David, Corey Benjamin, Dickey Simpkins, Keith Booth, Rusty LaRue, John Starks, Khalid Reeves, Khalid El-Amin, Dragan Tarlac, Marcus Fizer, Eddie Robinson, Lonny Baxter, Jay (Motorcycle) Williams, Paul Shirley, Lawrence Funderburke, Othella Harrington, Mike Sweetney, on and on and on...
and your point is?
hey! most of those big guys are better than the ones we have now. they would come a lot cheaper at least.

“Stimulate THIS!”

Since: Aug 08

West Frankfort, IL

#19 Jan 5, 2009
Does Chicago still have an NBA team? What have they done since June 1998? I thought they moved to Oklahoma City.
Horatio

North Chicago, IL

#20 Jan 5, 2009
How about a little credit to Tyrus Thomas, who made a nice appearance carding 8 blocks. I saw some nice energy there.

Can someone please just put Hughs on the bench and keep him there? Unless they're trading him, there's no reason he should be out there. He FG pct is terrible, shot selection horrible, defense pathetic... I can only hope they're showcasing him to try and get rid of that clown.
Mgray

Atlanta, GA

#21 Jan 5, 2009
I guess that will be the excuse of a team built 2 LOSE.

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