Chicago Bulls suddenly an offensive power

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Bennie

Indianapolis, IN

#1 Apr 8, 2009
I think that for the first time in years, we can be proud of the team we have.

Since: Oct 08

United States

#2 Apr 8, 2009
The Bulls have been in the top half of the league in offense a large part of the season, even before the trade. Of course, the trade improved their offense, but the Bulls' challenge during the offseason will be to find a way to improve the defense without sacrificing too much offense. Getting a healthy Deng back (since he will be next to impossible to move) and the continued development of Rose and Noah will help the defense. But I think the biggest change will HAVE to be in the coaching philosophies.
brown gold

Buffalo Grove, IL

#3 Apr 8, 2009
I agree with the above comments. The sky's the limit for this team when everybody is contributing as they should. Imagine this team next year with everyone back including a healthy and deadly Luol Deng.

Go Bulls!

Since: Aug 08

Springfield, IL

#4 Apr 8, 2009
Offense is great. Offensive stars is greater. We've got 1.5 to 2 stars with Rose, Salmons, and Gordon. That is not the problem.

Playoffs, however, need good team D. Period. Chicago's defense looked awful for most of the game against the Knicks. Even Hinrich let Wilson Chandler just blow by him in the extended half court. Everybody knows the that the Bulls have guys(Noah, Tyrus, Hinrich, Salmons, and potentially Derrick) who have the ability to play solid D and collective good team D. So it falls on Vinny and his assistants that this bull's team's defense consistently stinks.

A whole season regardless of the trade/injury excuses should be enough time to implement a team defensive system/identity that works. Vinny will be back next year, and then fired for poor D and a .500 record which is too low for the talent they now have with Derrick, Salmons,and whoever else stays. That means the rest of next season will be interimized(interim coach/assistant). Vinny may prove to be a good offensive coach, but unless a Tom Thibedau assistant or Thibedau head coach comes in, this team will continue to struggle at .500 because of the defensive failings.

Since: Aug 08

Springfield, IL

#5 Apr 8, 2009
Offensive stars > "are" greater
mark

Chicago, IL

#6 Apr 8, 2009
Me likey !!! BIG MAC !!! I knew Salmons would help alot and Miller,too when healthy. Bring on the play-offs !!!!!!!!!
Nada Surf

B M Goldwater A F Range, AZ

#7 Apr 9, 2009
CentrILMark wrote:
Offense is great. Offensive stars is greater. We've got 1.5 to 2 stars with Rose, Salmons, and Gordon. That is not the problem.
Playoffs, however, need good team D. Period. Chicago's defense looked awful for most of the game against the Knicks. Even Hinrich let Wilson Chandler just blow by him in the extended half court. Everybody knows the that the Bulls have guys(Noah, Tyrus, Hinrich, Salmons, and potentially Derrick) who have the ability to play solid D and collective good team D. So it falls on Vinny and his assistants that this bull's team's defense consistently stinks.
A whole season regardless of the trade/injury excuses should be enough time to implement a team defensive system/identity that works. Vinny will be back next year, and then fired for poor D and a .500 record which is too low for the talent they now have with Derrick, Salmons,and whoever else stays. That means the rest of next season will be interimized(interim coach/assistant). Vinny may prove to be a good offensive coach, but unless a Tom Thibedau assistant or Thibedau head coach comes in, this team will continue to struggle at .500 because of the defensive failings.
What was this, the long and winding post?
Nada Surf

B M Goldwater A F Range, AZ

#8 Apr 9, 2009
Interimized isn't a word.

“I will care when it matters”

Since: Mar 09

Seattle Washington

#9 Apr 9, 2009
without ben gordon, the bulls would NOT be this so called "offensive power", they would simply be the sub .400 bulls that they were before the trade.
ProfessorGAC

Morris, IL

#10 Apr 9, 2009
KenOggy wrote:
without ben gordon, the bulls would NOT be this so called "offensive power", they would simply be the sub .400 bulls that they were before the trade.
That doesn't make sense. Gordon was there when they were "simply ...the sub .400 Bulls...".

So, your post lacks any cogent point.
paxson

Libertyville, IL

#11 Apr 9, 2009
Paxson should get some credit for dismantling his original Frankenstein creation...Thankfully the Sacramento Kings were looking to dump salaries and the Bulls were able to take advantage of that.

Salmons and Miller have saved this season for the Bulls. Prior to their arrival this team was going nowhere fast.

Since: Oct 08

United States

#12 Apr 9, 2009
I've been a big-time critic of Pax so it's only fair that I give him props for how good the trade for Salmons and Miller turned out. No matter how the playoffs turn out, my main concern from here on out is whether or not he'll make the right moves to keep the team moving forward.
Mgray

Atlanta, GA

#13 Apr 9, 2009
Playoffs: 3 and OUT.
What date is Paxson resigning?
Josh

United States

#14 Apr 9, 2009
paxson wrote:
Salmons and Miller have saved this season for the Bulls. Prior to their arrival this team was going nowhere fast.
Miller and Salmons have certainly helped. So too, however, has been the much improved play from Noah and Thomas.

Arguably Miller has something to do with this as well. The Bulls should, but do not have a big man coach. I suspect Miller has been providing some sorely needed instruction to the far more athletic but frequently misguided Noah and Thomas.
Bloomie

Bloomington, IL

#15 Apr 9, 2009
Mgray wrote:
Playoffs: 3 and OUT.
What date is Paxson resigning?
So you are saying that the Bulls are going to get beaten so badly that they aren't going to show up for the 4th game. All rounds are the best 4 out of 7. Not so fast, my negative friend. Not only will the Bulls play 7 games in the first round; they will win and move on to the second round. There was an old cartoon with a character who was always negative, his phrase was something like, "We'll never make it." There are no scary teams in the East. LeBron James, and Dwight Howard are great, but their teams are mediocre. The Bulls have enough scoring options that offense will not be a problem no matter who they play.
Bloomie

Bloomington, IL

#16 Apr 9, 2009
The Bulls are not going to all of a sudden develop a defensive philosophy. The key to winning for them will be controlling the offensive and defensive boards. That means extended minutes for Noah and Thomas. Do not over-extend Brad Miller, VDN needs to recognize earlier when Miller isn't effective. Miller is extremely important to any success the Bulls will have, but VDN needs to scale back his minutes and allow Noah the opportunity to rebound and run the floor to speed up the game tempo.
Boston BullsFan

Boston, MA

#17 Apr 9, 2009
Bulls should beat Detroit and Philly for the 6th Seed. It appears now that their playoff hopes are dashed Toronto is mailing it in and will probably be an easy win for the Bulls final game.

Really the only games that are concerning are Bobcats and Detroit.

Despite the cynicism of a portion of the posters here, The Bulls are generating some buzz elsewhere.
Lamar

New York, NY

#18 Apr 9, 2009
The Bulls do score a lot of points, but that's not going to happen in the playoffs. Just bc, your playing better teams that play defense, which causes a half court game. This is why Vinny needs to run more plays besides that pick & roll with Rose isolated. But if they play good defense & force TO's they can get out a run to score points.

A good defensive team will let Rose shoot jumpers, if he hits 10 for 10 fine, but they will make him a perimeter player. Guys like Tyrus & Noah cannot force their offense if the Bulls have any chance, bc those bone head plays will hurt us, even more in the playoffs, they must also finish around the basket.
Just know who your scoring options are and everyone feed off of them.

As much as we think the Bulls won't win a series, I think the top three teams are watching the Bulls, bc if we play our game, ball movement, defense, running the floor & players knowing their role we can put pressure on the so called contenders.

We need so more toughness though !
Go BULLS YOU CAN DO IT !!!!!
Mgray

Atlanta, GA

#19 Apr 9, 2009
Bloomie wrote:
<quoted text>
So you are saying that the Bulls are going to get beaten so badly that they aren't going to show up for the 4th game. All rounds are the best 4 out of 7. Not so fast, my negative friend. Not only will the Bulls play 7 games in the first round; they will win and move on to the second round. There was an old cartoon with a character who was always negative, his phrase was something like, "We'll never make it." There are no scary teams in the East. LeBron James, and Dwight Howard are great, but their teams are mediocre. The Bulls have enough scoring options that offense will not be a problem no matter who they play.
I forgot they changed the 1st round format. The Bulls may actually win 2. In the playoffs, u win with a half court game and a low post game, neither of which the Bulls have....and coaching which the Bulls don't have.
mandofreak

United States

#20 Apr 9, 2009
Nobody wants to play this team right now. Things are coming together. They can play with any team in the playoffs. They get confidence coming into the playoffs and catch Boston with an ailing KG or get ORL where we match up well. Against ORL, We are better at the PG, SG, SF, PF. We win at every position except C and our bench blows theirs away. We just have to contain DHo and Noah has shown he can play DHo tough. WE CAN BEAT ORLANDO!!

That said, I think we will catch the Celts in teh 1st round. We just have to hope they are banged up. Withput a 100% KG, we can beat them too.

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