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Chicago Bulls' Tyrus Thomas, Joakim Noah raising expectations a...

There are 86 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 5, 2009, titled Chicago Bulls' Tyrus Thomas, Joakim Noah raising expectations a.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The routine has become almost comical, and Tyrus Thomas ' large smile confirms he's in on the joke.

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Du Ve

AOL

#1 Feb 5, 2009
Hey KC
Is Vinny giggling when Thomas takes the ball and tries to dribble the length of the court and turns the ball Over? What about when he jacks up a 25 footer?
There is something not quite right with Tyrus Thomas's "Mental" makeup. Don't know if it's Maturity, or lack thereof.
I don't think it's a "Stretch" to ask a high draft pick play at a consistent level. Thomas's level of play is really nothing to laugh about. he's EXPECTED to play like a PROFESSIONAL player. You beat writers need to learn to get out these players "Jocks" and maintain some degree of objective reporting.
I would've paid TOP dollar to have seen the likes of Larry Hughes, Noah or Thomas on a Michael Jordan-led team. NOW THAT would've been "comical"!!!
Tiffany

United States

#2 Feb 5, 2009
joakim has steped up,but tyrus needs to,it seems like the only way tyrus scores is if he dunks,at least joakim shots from behind the 3 point line,and has a decent fg percentage
Nada Surf

Mesa, AZ

#3 Feb 6, 2009
Du Ve wrote:
Hey KC
Is Vinny giggling when Thomas takes the ball and tries to dribble the length of the court and turns the ball Over? What about when he jacks up a 25 footer?
There is something not quite right with Tyrus Thomas's "Mental" makeup. Don't know if it's Maturity, or lack thereof.
I don't think it's a "Stretch" to ask a high draft pick play at a consistent level. Thomas's level of play is really nothing to laugh about. he's EXPECTED to play like a PROFESSIONAL player. You beat writers need to learn to get out these players "Jocks" and maintain some degree of objective reporting.
I would've paid TOP dollar to have seen the likes of Larry Hughes, Noah or Thomas on a Michael Jordan-led team. NOW THAT would've been "comical"!!!
C'mon DuVe...
I also would have paid to see Jordan "coach" Thomas or Noah, but get off KC...
KC is the beat writer and writes what happens on the court...
He doesn't give the opinions a columnist does.
Alex

Chicago, IL

#4 Feb 6, 2009
Nada Surf wrote:
<quoted text>C'mon DuVe...
I also would have paid to see Jordan "coach" Thomas or Noah, but get off KC...
KC is the beat writer and writes what happens on the court...
He doesn't give the opinions a columnist does.
Nada your continued gibberish just proves that you have fried you brain cells, get back in the trailer out of the sun.

Tyrus has potenial, No-Talent No-Ah the weakling has some success against wounded and bad teams. He is not a NBA
starter! He just like Klank Hinrich and the piano backed crybaby Noicioni.
The NBA has caught up to these two core slugs.

You would not know a good team if you saw one because of your brain is fried.

KC is a bulls rear end kisser not a journalist.

Nada ask the nurse to give you your pills and change your diaper before you reply with more gibberish.
Johnrun1

Elgin, IL

#5 Feb 6, 2009
Alex:
Sorry but I agree with Nada on this one - KC is pretty good at what he does.
Actually much of what Nada says makes sense - it would be nice if he would just give his opinions and leave it at that.
You haven't conveyed much knowledge of basketball - just silly nicknames.
Hmmm

Mechanicsburg, PA

#6 Feb 6, 2009
Thomas is doing better all the time, and is playing good lately. The critics need to find something new to complain about because you're behind the times.

Go hope for the Bulls to make a P.J. Brown type trade and get rid of one of their best young players.
Elliott

Addison, IL

#7 Feb 6, 2009
We don't need to trade Gooden. He's is our best power forward and has a Higher Basketball IQ then Noah and Thomas put together. Now that Deng is playing better, the two are going to compliment eachother very well and we're going to turn this season around. Bottom line, Tyrus still makes ridiculous turnovers and Noah is not a threat offensively unless rose or gordon set him up. We need Gooden!
soc

Bellefontaine, OH

#8 Feb 6, 2009
Say goodbye to Hughes, Nobody Noah and Somewhat Gooden and get a big low post scoring player then watch the 3's fall. Johnny its your last shot do something big once before you go see ya on game day
Alex

Chicago, IL

#9 Feb 6, 2009
Johnrun1 wrote:
Alex:
Sorry but I agree with Nada on this one - KC is pretty good at what he does.
Actually much of what Nada says makes sense - it would be nice if he would just give his opinions and leave it at that.
You haven't conveyed much knowledge of basketball - just silly nicknames.
Dear John

"Raising Expectation" is another slanted column favoring the Bulls.
KC is not objective. The only good team they beat was the Suns, Vinny got them fired to win in his home town.

The other wins were against wounded and terrible teams.

Talent wise there is hope for Tyrus and none for Noah. Joakim is French for winded and weak.

The NBA has got Hinrich and Nocioni
figured out! They are second team players, they are not NBA starters.
Both are grossly over paid and may be impossiblke to trade. Duhon stats in NYC prove that Pax is clueless.

John you need to stop wishing and hoping and really look at how the Bulls perform. Stop reading KC's baloney.

NOTE: the biggest cry babies on the Bulls are Klank Hinrich, Piano Backed
Noicioni NO-Shot-NO-Talent-NO-Ah.

Are you really John PAXSON??? Do you have trib stock???
Damani

Schaumburg, IL

#10 Feb 6, 2009
One of the main reasons Tyrus is playing better is because his playing time has become consistent! Look this kid is very talented, he does get a little wild and turn the pill over sometimes but his positives out way his negatives. He is a strong finisher, rebounder, and shot blocker! On top of that his quickness and athleticism causes problems for other power fowards in the league!

Noah is what I consider a good backup center! He is a decent post defender and rebounder but his offense is just not there. He is finishing around the basket better but if fans are expecting a double-double type of guy than you are in for a huge disappointment!

Even though both of these guys have played well on this road trip, I hope Pax does not get comfortable and not make a move. Package Gooden's expiring deal with a draft pick, Hughes, or Noce and bring in a starting center!!!!
Jezeble

Lincoln Park, NJ

#11 Feb 6, 2009
It is becoming clearer to me every day that most of the people on this forum are bored, ill-informed, immature or are severely lacking in basic basketball knowledge. For Gods sake, where the hell are the REAL Bull's fans -- because you guys are certainly not FANS. Most of you just come on here and criticize, malign and bytch about the team. If they lose -- they are inept bottom-feeders and should be instantly traded. If they win -- it is against terrible teams, it is a fluke, etc. WHAT ABOUT CHEERING THEM ON FOR A CHANGE? That's what fans do -- they LOVE their team.

In case you guys think Casey lacks objectivity, then exercise your eyes and minds and read the similar Sun Times article. It would seem you guys aren’t happy unless you are griping and bytching about this team. News flash:

1) MJ is gone and he is not coming back;
2) We have a young team that needs work, and is a work in progress;
3) Noah is in his SECOND year, and we have to give him time to develop. Bynum, Dwight and other “bigmen” in this League got a lot of time and effort put into them. Bynum had Kareem, and Dwight had Ewing. Noah and Tyrus have no “bigman” coach and have had a series of coaches who were former guards; and
4) IT IS WHAT IT IS!

I am sure all of you could do VDN and Paxson’s job much better. I am sure you could all out-play TT and Noah, but of course, we can all DREAM.
Jezeble

Lincoln Park, NJ

#12 Feb 6, 2009
Note: Of course I meant KC and not "Casey."
techenhance

Prairie View, TX

#13 Feb 6, 2009
I like the fact that Del Negro is giving Thomas a little more rope than Skiles did. There's no doubt that Thomas makes a lot of wild mistakes, but he's only in his 3rd season after playing 1 year of college ball. I don't mean that as an excuse, either. It's just a fact. Players develop at different speeds. He has a lot of time to get his mental approach together and he seems to be making an effort to do that. All he needs is a coach with enough patience to let him play through it.

A rebuilding team like the Bulls who aren't expected (or expecting) to make a deep playoff run is the perfect setting to let a guy like Thomas develop. His wild mistakes are usually a result of being too aggressive. That's better than not being aggressive enough. He won't ever be the classic, back-to-the-basket big man that Bulls need but he's definitely a difference maker when he plays under control.
Ogyu

Madison, WI

#14 Feb 6, 2009
Tyrus and Noah will play better until the trade deadline, giving Paxson another excuse to to keep them around. Then, as soon as the deadline passes, they will go back to their old ways. Just wait and see...
Tiffany

United States

#15 Feb 6, 2009
on the real,the bulls off and on winning is not a good look,they were a better team when they had larry in the line up,for real
picapica

Midlothian, IL

#16 Feb 6, 2009
Could you imagine Amare Stoudemire T. Thomas and D- Rose ??

Paxon or V Del Negro please call your buddy Kerr. Trade all the team for Amare.
Mgray

Atlanta, GA

#17 Feb 6, 2009
Resign NOW PAXSON.
techenhance

Prairie View, TX

#18 Feb 6, 2009
picapica wrote:
Could you imagine Amare Stoudemire T. Thomas and D- Rose ??
Paxon or V Del Negro please call your buddy Kerr. Trade all the team for Amare.
If Kerr would take a package of Hinrich, Deng, Gooden and a draft pick for Stoudamire - and if Pax would be willing to pull the trigger - that would be a great move for the Bulls.
BULL4EVER

Atlantic Beach, FL

#20 Feb 6, 2009
So much for all that talk of Chicago totally regretting passing on LaMarcus Aldridge for Tyrus Thomas, because Chicago has never regretted at all on drafting Tyrus Thomas, Not to mention Portland has always totally regretted passing on Jordan back in 1984,why did yall do something totally dumb if yall are Portland??????The only thing Chicago regretted was signing ben wallace to a 4-year contract back in 2006.

“Catch this!”

Since: Aug 08

Chicago

#21 Feb 6, 2009
Most of you seem to forget that both Noah and Thomas are still young (23 and younger). How do you expect them to play like superstars when they were riding the pine the last 2 1/2 seasons?

They are getting playing time out of necessity (injuries and Pax's stubborness) and there are some improvements from game to game. I can see better movement without the ball, more activity underneath the basket and less turnovers. The maturity will come as they get older. What 20-something year old is going to act mature with some coin in their pocket and not a care in the world? Lay off them, they'll be fine now that they've proven what they could do with some playing time.

This thing just might work out. Make no mistake, some moves need to be done (Gordon, Hughes, Klank, Noc-the-Hac) n order to get this thing back on track. The playoff spot(s) is/are up for grabs in the east.

Now, about the White Sox..........

Mercy!!

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