A No. 1-track mind

A No. 1-track mind

There are 13 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 24, 2008, titled A No. 1-track mind. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Every so often, in the roughly five weeks between winning last year's NBA draft lottery and the draft, Kevin Pritchard would shut off his cell phone and think.

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Krumbs

Chicago, IL

#1 May 24, 2008
However many hours it takes, this is Paxson's last stand. He has assets to trade with salaries to match, the #1 pick for a star, and no coach to disagree with. No more excuses, this is the formula for success. Personally, I'd like to see him take Rose, who seems the consensus as most likely to be a star, and find a trade partner to package Hinrich with one of our bigs for either Elton Brand, Zach Randolph, or Kenyon Martin. All 3 of those teams need a PG and have an expendible PF either due to team or contract reasons.
adam

United States

#2 May 24, 2008
What about drafting beasly, who has a better chance to be good right away, and trade Gordon, Thomas, Deng and then try and get Baron Davis by either FA or trading for him?

“Rip City!”

Since: Feb 08

Portland

#3 May 24, 2008
Chicago should grab the homegrown point guard who can get into the paint and create for others or get a basket on his own. Rose is the answer in
C-Town for sure.

“Rip City!”

Since: Feb 08

Portland

#4 May 24, 2008
The Bulls should grab the hometown pointguard who can get into the painted area and create for others. He is a younger version of Baron Davis that you can build around. The Bulls should try and grab a center if they can too.
bullseye8ball

United States

#5 May 25, 2008
Paxson has a lot of work to do and not a lot of time. He keeps saying that he wants to take time in making all these great decisions but the clock is ticking. I found it interesting that he was not watching the draft last week but his kids called him to the TV when the Bulls drafting sequence went to number 3. He said it would be wasted energy to watch the draft show because the Bulls were not expected to go very high up in the list of picks.
Herman

Crystal Lake, IL

#6 May 25, 2008
its painfully obvious to all that chicago has a gm that's afraid to make a decision without riensdorf blessings. pat riley wants what's best for the heat fans. in chicago, it comes down to money. pax is in love with hienrich, gordon, nocioni, noah. this group may flourish elsewhere, but not here. no leaders on the floor or in the offices. my guess is chicago blows it, no matter what they do.
Wisconsin Reader

Baraboo, WI

#7 May 25, 2008
Let me understand this ... We should be sympathetic to Paxson's pressure filled life?... He is a multi millionaire because he had the amazing good fortune to play with Michael Jordan and then to become the team's GM... Now he is being paid millions more to hire a coach and make a draft pick...

Get real here...
Frank

Crystal Lake, IL

#8 May 25, 2008
seems like pax can't pull the trigger like he could in his playing days. he now thinks too hard, second guesses himself and tries to do what his boss wants. hence, the confusion.
bulls have a front office problem. my sympathies to bulls fans. if i was the boss, first i'd get the rose kid in here and pkg heinrich and gordon. i'd probably listen to any trade opportunities. noah, deng, noscioni. JUST DO SOMETHING.
CalChiFan

Irvine, CA

#9 May 25, 2008
Krumbs wrote:
However many hours it takes, this is Paxson's last stand. He has assets to trade with salaries to match, the #1 pick for a star, and no coach to disagree with. No more excuses, this is the formula for success. Personally, I'd like to see him take Rose, who seems the consensus as most likely to be a star, and find a trade partner to package Hinrich with one of our bigs for either Elton Brand, Zach Randolph, or Kenyon Martin. All 3 of those teams need a PG and have an expendable PF either due to team or contract reasons.
Krumbs, take Rose and package a deal with Miami to get their number two pick instead of going for the oft-injured Brand or head cases Randolph and Martin. Miami already has enough Beasley type players but need a PG and shooter to complement Wade. Offer Deng, Hinrich, and Gordon for the number 2 then draft Beasley to play SF with Gooden at the PF. A starting five of Rose, Beasley, Hughes, Gooden, Noah, with Nocioni, Gray, Duhon, Sefalosha and their #39 pick coming off the bench should get you at least into the second round of the eastern conference playoffs immediately (see how close atlanta came?)- with a good shot at the eastern conference finals . But that will take some out-of-the-box thinking by Paxson which I don't think he's capable of. Amazing how boneheads like that can ascend to the top.
Shawn

Colorado Springs, CO

#10 May 26, 2008
CalChiFan,

As a Heat fan I can promise you, we would not take Deng, Hinrich & Gordon for the number 2...no way.

We are just hoping you take Rose, so we can have the best low post, athletic, power forward to come out in awhile.

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Bad draft

United States

#11 May 26, 2008
Trade the #1 pick, along with the high priced dead weight the Bulls have to a team who is willing to give up their next three #1 picks and some young talent.
Fire Pax

Schaumburg, IL

#12 May 27, 2008
Paxson is too scarred and stupid too make good trades and Jerry is too stupid to recognize that the bumbling Paxson brothers are horrid GM's! To me this is an undeserved last chance but I still hope he can set asside the ineptitude and make a good trade or two along with drafting rose.
woo party

United States

#13 May 27, 2008
Herman wrote:
its painfully obvious to all that chicago has a gm that's afraid to make a decision without riensdorf blessings. pat riley wants what's best for the heat fans. in chicago, it comes down to money. pax is in love with hienrich, gordon, nocioni, noah. this group may flourish elsewhere, but not here. no leaders on the floor or in the offices. my guess is chicago blows it, no matter what they do.
pessimist!

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