Bulls' Drew Gooden enduring nagging p...

Bulls' Drew Gooden enduring nagging pain in mid-section

There are 45 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 6, 2009, titled Bulls' Drew Gooden enduring nagging pain in mid-section. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

A frustrated Drew Gooden said Friday the continued discomfort he is feeling in his mid-section is making him believe his injury may have been misdiagnosed as a groin pull and abdominal strain.

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Native Northsider

Cary, NC

#1 Feb 6, 2009
Gooden is faking it. You can't trade a player if he's hurt...can you. If he stays past trade deadline I would have him come off bench. Yes he's a better viable option now, but he won't be with team beyond this season. Why mess with the developent of the young tikes (Tyrus and Noah) for a reasonable power forward who thinks he's a small forward.
Nada Surf

Mesa, AZ

#2 Feb 6, 2009
Yes!
Another good break for the Bulls...
I do, however, think Native Northsider (above) is right. Gooden is probably faking it so he doesn't have to come back and be humiliated the same way Hughes has.

I also love VDN's ringing endorsement for Hughes of how he'd love him back "at times."

Hope Gordon is next
Nada
PT from Oaktown

Brisbane, CA

#3 Feb 6, 2009
Yeah, he give me pains in my mid section too, especially when he thinks he is Jordan shooting a fade away with man on him. Stay on the bench please!
Nada Surf

Mesa, AZ

#4 Feb 6, 2009
PT from Oaktown wrote:
Yeah, he give me pains in my mid section too, especially when he thinks he is Jordan shooting a fade away with man on him. Stay on the bench please!
Ya' got that right...
Why do I get the feeling the Bulls would have a much better record right now if Ben Wallace was acclimated to the end of the bench instead of Hughes?
Tiffany

United States

#5 Feb 6, 2009
drew needs to suck it up,if he is still hurting,then he needs to rest,and yes,the bulls would've had a better record wit larry playing,but noooooooooooooooooooooooo,no one think larry was the reason why they were winning,every body thinks larrys selfish,and sh!t,every body thinks larrys a cancer,larry this,larry that,well ya konw what,the bulls need larry,and i know i aint the only one who thinks so,can i get a witness?
some dude

Homer Glen, IL

#6 Feb 6, 2009
Tiffany wrote:
drew needs to suck it up,if he is still hurting,then he needs to rest,and yes,the bulls would've had a better record wit larry playing,but noooooooooooooooooooooooo,no one think larry was the reason why they were winning,every body thinks larrys selfish,and ****,every body thinks larrys a cancer,larry this,larry that,well ya konw what,the bulls need larry,and i know i aint the only one who thinks so,can i get a witness?
No.
Tiffany

United States

#7 Feb 6, 2009
why not?you know im right dude
Mel

United States

#8 Feb 6, 2009
Gooden now is untradeable with even a mild injury. The good thing is this is his last year of a $7 million contract and Tyrus Thomas is improving. Bulls will have some cap room to sign some players next year with Gooden and Gordon coming off the books (hopefully, Gordon resigns because he's working better with Derrick Rose).
terry t

Rochester, PA

#9 Feb 7, 2009
Mel wrote:
Gooden now is untradeable with even a mild injury. The good thing is this is his last year of a $7 million contract and Tyrus Thomas is improving. Bulls will have some cap room to sign some players next year with Gooden and Gordon coming off the books (hopefully, Gordon resigns because he's working better with Derrick Rose).
gordons great play with rose kills 3 birds with one stone. 1. keeps him in starting line-up. 2. keeps hinrich on the bench. 3. keeps thabo on the bench.
bullsfan09

Los Angeles, CA

#10 Feb 7, 2009
I think he isn't faking it. Drew Gooden would be playing out there if he could. Why wouldn't he want to be traded, he will get money anyway and this is his last yr on contract. Plus he could go to a better team like Miami, Detroit, Suns etc.

I knew Tiff would be back. Larry is doing the best thing right now showing all his 3 piece suits.
jab

Bowling Green, KY

#11 Feb 7, 2009
Cavs went to the finals with Hughes. The guy is an all NBA defender. Hughes is one of the few NBA players that can actually create. I realize Tiffany may not be the most analytical nba follower, but all the Hughes haters are falling into the management goose step. The management has no clue. They hired a rookie coach. They made nonsensical trades. They got lucky getting the number one pick. Gordon is at best a Vinnie Johnson wannabe. The guy can't guard Tiffany.I read the posts on here that think Derrick is going to be on a Lebron James level. I've watched him since he was a junior in high school. He is good, but the James and Kobe comparisons are ridiculous. Somewhere along the way, the Bulls forgot that jordan and Pippen were all NBA defensive players. (Rodman wasn't too shabby either on defense, ask MJ.) Year in and year out the best defensive teams rise to the top. This conglomeration of players and staff will never rise to that level. Remember this-Damon Stoudemire made Rookie of the Year getting Rose type minutes.
jab

Bowling Green, KY

#12 Feb 7, 2009
One of my main points is this..they would have been better off dumping Gordon or bringing off the bench as an energizer and giving Hughes his minutes. The game is about stopping people.
B-Houston

Houston, TX

#13 Feb 7, 2009
I had a doctor tell me I had an abdominal strain. I ended up in the hospital with a BLOWN APPENDIX
McCoy McLemore

Mundelein, IL

#14 Feb 7, 2009
jab wrote:
Cavs went to the finals with Hughes. The guy is an all NBA defender. Hughes is one of the few NBA players that can actually create. I realize Tiffany may not be the most analytical nba follower, but all the Hughes haters are falling into the management goose step. The management has no clue. They hired a rookie coach. They made nonsensical trades. They got lucky getting the number one pick. Gordon is at best a Vinnie Johnson wannabe. The guy can't guard Tiffany.I read the posts on here that think Derrick is going to be on a Lebron James level. I've watched him since he was a junior in high school. He is good, but the James and Kobe comparisons are ridiculous. Somewhere along the way, the Bulls forgot that jordan and Pippen were all NBA defensive players.(Rodman wasn't too shabby either on defense, ask MJ.) Year in and year out the best defensive teams rise to the top. This conglomeration of players and staff will never rise to that level. Remember this-Damon Stoudemire made Rookie of the Year getting Rose type minutes.
My friend, you are so right on. Other than Tiffany, most of these big mouths, especially that little rug rat white supremacist surf, have been tanking this team and calling for moves that are all bound on destroying the team and creating rancor in the locker-room. They've succeeded in demonizing Larry Hughes when he is about the best play in terms of pure talent on the squad. Now, that midget brain surf is calling for Ben Wallace to come back. What a hoot. Tiff is so right. Paxson and VDN have been duped by the Larry-haters. And yes, isn't it refreshing to know that we've got the next coming of MJ, Kobe and LeBron in the form of Derrick Rose ... ha, ha, ha. It's like Obama; the guy's a savior.
Howard the Duck

United States

#15 Feb 7, 2009
I think this injury might be misdiagnosed for the sake of keeping him eligible to be traded... or at least, I hope that's the case.

As an expiring contract, Gooden holds trade value whether he can actually play or not - so his inability to play shouldn't hinder a team looking for cap relief to trade for him. And with news coming out of Phoenix that the Suns are looking to trade Amare Stoudamire for salary cap relief, Gooden would be a prime candidate to be offered in exchange for Stoudamire.

A trade of Tyrus Thomas, Thabo Sefolosha and Drew Gooden would give the Suns about $10 million in cap relief next season while also giving them a power forward in Thomas who has flashed some great promise in the past few weeks, and a big defensive guard in Sefolosha who has shown some promise as well...

Whether it's the above mentioned package or something else - John Paxson needs to find a way to get Amare Stoudamire in a Bulls uniform and on the court with Derrick Rose.
Howard the Duck

United States

#16 Feb 7, 2009
About Hughes being an All-NBA defender - I understand that he was named to the team in the past, but since when do we always agree with these selections?

Someone please describe what a great defender is without using it in the context of his statistical numbers.

Stats are great to look at - but they don't gauge the ability to defend an opponent. Larry Hughes big accomplishment on defense is his ability to get steals ... to get steals he takes chances and tries to intercept passing lanes ... when he fails to intercept the passing lanes, his teammates need to come out of position to stop the penetration, leaving their man open for an easy bucket. Is that great defense?

Ben Wallace was another guy who won a bunch of awards for his defensive ability. Somehow, his defensive ability failed to come to Chicago with him. Why?

...Perhaps it's because Wallace is a weak-side defender... a guy who feasts off players making moves to the weak side, and then swats away weak shots. Without a guy like Tayshaun Prince forcing the offensive player to the weak side, Wallace would have been nothing in Detroit ... just as he was nothing in Chicago when he had no one to force the offensive player to the weak side.

...all I'm saying about Hughes is that it's easy to look like a great defender in Cleveland when, if you overshoot a passing lane, LBJ has the quickness and the mass to cover enough area to give you a chance to recover. Hughes wouldn't be afforded that luxury in Chicago.
LOLR

United States

#17 Feb 7, 2009
LOL Tiff's got some fanboys.

I'm just curious, do you LarryLovers even watch the NBA (you know, with the big orange ball)? Admittedly, Big Shot Larry (that nickname still makes me laugh) has talent (best on the team, not quite) but no desire until contract time.

You all really think he's played up to that ridiculous contract Cleveland gave him???

All NBA defender?... nearly spit out my cereal when I read that. Steals? Yes, but only cause he gambles which kills team D. Add that to his penchant for chucking bad shots and you now understand why he's not playing.

Little, tip: If you actually watch the games, you'd notice this stuff.

(commence feasting my fat little trolls)
LOLR

United States

#18 Feb 7, 2009
PS love how "el ohh el" gets censored as a bad word.

It's discrimination I tell ya!
El Tee

Little Elm, TX

#19 Feb 7, 2009
I agree completely with Howard the Duck!! Teams don't give away all NBA defensive players. Yet, somehow Larry wound up on 5 teams.
Those of you who are lobbying for Amare Stoudemire, need to know read his last quote in the AZcentral.com . He said it was not his job to rally the troops. That is the job of the capts of the team. He just tries to lead the team in scoring every night.
If he truly cared about winning or his team, it wouldn't matter if he scored the most points. One thing that he didn't mention was leading in or getting better at rebounding the ball.
This is not a person that you want on the Bulls.
Nada Surf

Mesa, AZ

#20 Feb 7, 2009
terry t wrote:
<quoted text> gordons great play with rose kills 3 birds with one stone. 1. keeps him in starting line-up. 2. keeps hinrich on the bench. 3. keeps thabo on the bench.
You're just a bit off, Terry Turnover...
The problem with your "3 birds" assessment are these three things:
1. It keeps Gordon in the starting lineup.
2. It keeps Hinrich on the bench.
3. It keeps Sefalosha on the bench.

Say no to Benny Bricklayer
Nada

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