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Bulls can't get a pick-me-up against Raptors

There are 41 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jan 23, 2009, titled Bulls can't get a pick-me-up against Raptors. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

It is perhaps a telling measure of the Bulls' woes this season that a midwinter game at the United Center appeared any more important than the rest.

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Typical Sox Fan

Schaumburg, IL

#1 Jan 23, 2009
NO WAI!
Tom

Seatonville, IL

#2 Jan 23, 2009
Del Negro seemed pretty dejected in his post-game comments. I think the losing and the tension of the last few days is really getting to him.

You can point to a lot of problems in the loss to the Raptors, but one thing we need to address is our big men not being ready for the pass-off when other players drive the key. Both Gray and Noah flubbed receiving a couple of passes they should have easily converted to baskets. It's just a little thing, but those little things add up.
Hmmm

Mechanicsburg, PA

#4 Jan 23, 2009
Gonna have to write this again.

This team would be in a much better position if they had a real coach.

Recently Vinny Del Negro admitted that Sefolosha became lost on the bench after a strong starting performance. Tonights nightly "Mr. Irrelevant" was Thomas who was 4-5, 8 pts, 2 blks, 1 stl, and 3 rebs in the 1st quarter. Didn't end with much more. It happens too often and is very frustrating.

With odd substitution patterns where guys like Thomas don't make it back into the game soon enough or at times when they can be effective, they end up looking bad. You don't give players like Thomas a few minutes at the end of the 2nd or 4th quarters because those are not times where they will even see the ball on this team.

The people must be heard:
Fire Vinny! Fire Vinny! Fire Vinny! Fire Vinny! Fire Vinny! Fire Vinny! Fire Vinny! Fire Vinny! Fire Vinny! Fire Vinny! Fire Vinny! Fire Vinny!
Shawn

Chicago, IL

#5 Jan 23, 2009
Does Delnegro have any idea at all?Question? in the forth quarter with your team struggling to score why take out your best scorer in Gordon? I know Gordon is not a superstar but in all honesty, he is the best scorer we have and considering he is the best shooter on the team, why take him out? The bulls scored two pints (free throws) the rest of the way. alot of things suck about this team and coaching is right there at the top of the list!
Tiffany

United States

#6 Jan 23, 2009
their pick-me-up is larry,which their not playing so oh well,it is what it is
Stratmaster

United States

#7 Jan 23, 2009
Shawn wrote:
Does Delnegro have any idea at all?Question? in the forth quarter with your team struggling to score why take out your best scorer in Gordon? I know Gordon is not a superstar but in all honesty, he is the best scorer we have and considering he is the best shooter on the team, why take him out? The bulls scored two pints (free throws) the rest of the way. alot of things suck about this team and coaching is right there at the top of the list!
My guess is it was because Gordon was playing with no energy and was having a horrible shooting night (5-14). when your only skill is shooting, and your shots aren;t falling, expect to be watching from the bench. But that's just my guess.
Stratmaster

United States

#8 Jan 23, 2009
Repeat after me. this is not the coach, this is not the coach, this is...

It's been 3 coaches folks.

Now repeat this... The players are trying, the players are trying, the play....

The fact is this team has very little talent, and most of that talent is very inexperienced. No one could coach this team to success. I am not saying Vinnie will be a great coach. But we won;t know until he actually has some players to coach with reasonable talent at each position.
Hmmm

Mechanicsburg, PA

#9 Jan 23, 2009
Sorry, No, this team has more talent than the coach is limiting them to.
Tiffany

United States

#10 Jan 23, 2009
just like a i thought,the winning streak continues,too bad their trading larry,they could've won tonight,being that hes talented and all,the bulls didnt even play defense
wilson

Los Angeles, CA

#11 Jan 23, 2009
Who came here 3 weeks ago and said Rose was looking bad and getting worse by the game? Who was attacked like he was a crazy person? Guess what, three weeks later, Rose keeps getting worse. And we're talking against terrible teams here. No more defense for this kid. He's probably going to just be a better-than-average or "good" player in the NBA. Not great. Not a superstar. Sorry to burst all your bubbles.
Tiffany

United States

#12 Jan 23, 2009
derrick rose is aight,but not better than larry
CalChiFan

Tustin, CA

#13 Jan 24, 2009
20,886 paid $50 and up (ticket prices only. Not including parking concessions, etc.), braving 13 degree weather, to see an 18-26 team get blown out (at home) by a 17-28 team. Now THAT'S entertainment for ya'! Not to mention all the puerile internal strife between players and coach leading up to this contest. Guess what, ain't gonna be no changes 'till people STOP goin'. 3 Blackhawks STARTING in the allstar game Sunday. STARTING!! Take time out to support that.
CalChiFan

Tustin, CA

#14 Jan 24, 2009
wilson wrote:
Who came here 3 weeks ago and said Rose was looking bad and getting worse by the game? Who was attacked like he was a crazy person? Guess what, three weeks later, Rose keeps getting worse. And we're talking against terrible teams here. No more defense for this kid. He's probably going to just be a better-than-average or "good" player in the NBA. Not great. Not a superstar. Sorry to burst all your bubbles.
Wilson, I'd like to know what caliber of player Tony Parker is to you. Because, whatever you consider Tony Parker, D Rose has WAY better skills than Parker at that point in his career. What Rose needs is a quality team with a quality coach. He's no MJ but he still has the raw skills that can make him a superstar in this league.
TheTraceMan

Spokane, WA

#15 Jan 24, 2009
Da Bull`s used to be the pinacle of all sport`s teams, now they seem the imbeciles of all sports teams...........
Hardliner

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Jan 24, 2009
The Bulls are so god-awful that the Tribune does not even have this article visible on the home web page right now. Why should they? It's the same story every time out.
Fire Johnny P

Hoffman Estates, IL

#17 Jan 24, 2009
Johnny P has turned this once-respectable team into a mockery. I'm too tired of criticizing individual players that he has selected, so I'll skip this time. JOHNNY P THE GM NEEDS TO GO NOW!!!!
Where's Nada Surf's know-it-all comments?
Fire Johnny P

Hoffman Estates, IL

#18 Jan 24, 2009
wilson wrote:
Who came here 3 weeks ago and said Rose was looking bad and getting worse by the game? Who was attacked like he was a crazy person? Guess what, three weeks later, Rose keeps getting worse. And we're talking against terrible teams here. No more defense for this kid. He's probably going to just be a better-than-average or "good" player in the NBA. Not great. Not a superstar. Sorry to burst all your bubbles.
Good point Wilson - I watched the game last night after a very tiring work week and must have seen D-Rose throw the ball away or make poor decisions half of the time he touched the ball. I do think he will turn out better than good but less than great, maybe in the "very good" category. Think Stephon Marbury, but never a Gary Payton or John Stockton.
Hardliner

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Jan 24, 2009
Fire Johnny P wrote:
Johnny P has turned this once-respectable team into a mockery. I'm too tired of criticizing individual players that he has selected, so I'll skip this time. JOHNNY P THE GM NEEDS TO GO NOW!!!!
Where's Nada Surf's know-it-all comments?
To make matters worse this is not even a collection of hard working likable players. I could see if they were losing with a bunch of "Rudy's", players you know aren't as talented as the rest of the league but are character guys that bust their hump everytime out. This is a group of malcontents who seemingly couldn't care less how they represent themselves and their employer. In a span of little over one year they have turned on their third head coach.

A couple years ago the Warriors and Pacers practically swapped their entire lineups in a mega trade. Right now that would be the only thing that might shake this team out of extreme mediocrity over the next decade. Keep Rose and launch the rest even if it were for a bag of magic beans!
wilson

Los Angeles, CA

#20 Jan 24, 2009
A lot of it has to do with the fact that we don't have a single leader on this team. One person to take charge - someone all the other players look up to. Who is that person on the Bulls? Who's even close? Some say it's Kirk. I want you to look at Kirk Heinrich. I want you to listen to any of his interviews from the past. Would you follow that guy anywhere?

Why do you think Cleveland's so good when they have no one on their team besides Lebron? It's because their leader is vocal, speaks confidently, and demands respect. He's a leader. And they all feel confident following him into any battle.

All this stuff about leading by example is bull**it. You need a clearly defined leader on your team and we don't have one. And it's not looking good for the future b/c our best player, Rose, is a mouse. He's the guy in the back of the room that never raises his hand. That ain't a leader folks.

Coaches are X's and O's guys in this league. They don't lead anymore. That's up to the players. And we don't have any.
got to be kidding

Montgomery, AL

#21 Jan 24, 2009
it shows you the sad state of affairs.....we're waiting for Gooden to save us??.....he's second string on most teams...a star on our pathetic team?...I mean come on.....time to clean house....now!

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