Salmons brings 'attitude' to Bulls

Salmons brings 'attitude' to Bulls

There are 19 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 20, 2009, titled Salmons brings 'attitude' to Bulls. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Last Feb. 22, one day after being acquired from Cleveland in the Ben Wallace trade, Larry Hughes stated his intentions clearly.

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Jody

North Tonawanda, NY

#1 Feb 21, 2009
Yeah! It seems like they got a couple of servicable players. And I don't see why everyone is still on the Nocionni lovefest. All he's done is regress over the last 2 deasons. And I like what Salmons could bring with his 18 + points a game. Hopefully Ben Gordon could go back to being the good 6th man he is. Don't know about that though. Salmons could be more suitable for that since he's bigger and more versatile.
Josh

Chicago, IL

#2 Feb 21, 2009
Salmons may turn out to be a big improvement over Thabo. He is a tall guard who likes to defend but can score.

If he turns out to be capable at both, I agree he should start before Gordon.
BullMan

Chicago, IL

#3 Feb 21, 2009
Salmons has to play SF.

With Noc, Simmons, Ruffin, and now Thabo gone, there is a VOID at SF. Deng is the only SF on the Team now.

So we Need Salmonis to back Deng up at SF. The Guard Rotation should stay the same.

If thabo was here, it would effect not only Gordon, but Kirk Hinrichs minutes as well.
Not good if you're talking about trading him this offseason.

So Salmons will get the Bulk at Backup SF.
Johnny P

Hoffman Estates, IL

#4 Feb 21, 2009
Salmons should be a big improvement over both Thabo and Noce. Both are highly flawed players but I always admired Noce's toughness and unwillingness to back down. I never blamed Noce for the way he played, but the Bulls for placing him in such a prominent role. He would be a great eighth or ninth man on a great team like the Bulls of old or the current Celtics or Lakers. Thabo was a complete bust who may be the MJ of Switzerland but could never find a consistent shot. He's another good role player, like Randy Brown or Jud Buechler used to be, for five minutes here and there when your top three guards are resting.
Lsd

United States

#5 Feb 21, 2009
That is what I have been telling people, that Rose looks like Lebron in a point guard body. Lebron even said he sees similiarility in both their game, when he was broadcasting the Rookie-Sophmore game. Watch, the next time you see Derrick dunk, he looks more like Lebron than Wade,when he dunks. This is really saying something...
Arklow

Ellicott City, MD

#7 Feb 21, 2009
Can we cut Pax some slack now? A lot of things seem to be going right for the Bulls just now.

Since being lambasted (somewhat) by Reinsdorf about a month ago this team has been playing well. They are 7-3 over the last 10 games and could have been better.

They've unloaded Hughes, which by itself is a big plus, but actually got someone in return they may be able to use.

I liked both Thabo and Noce but, face it, neither one was helping the Bulls a whole lot. Thabo may still develop into a solid performer but was showing little more than flashes here. Noce, as Johnny P said, was in a position where te Bulls needed more from him than he's capable of.

Brad Miller and John Salmons are both capable of providing some much needed leadership on this team. Miller may be a very helpful tutor to a still developing Aaron Gray. I like Salmons a lot because of his defense but his scoring punch adds a little more diversity to the Bulls offense. His probably challenge to Deng for playing minutes may be a very positive motivator for Luol.

Del Negro seems to be starting to come together as a coach and his staff seems to be getting more comfortable with their roles.

The trades that didn't happen may have been a great blessing. Amare is apparently out for the season and would have done nothing for the Bulls this year. I still like Bosch but I'm not sure about his head and he seems to have some short term health issues. We would have given up a lot more to get either of these guys and I'm not sure we would be better off for it.

Now the big question becomes how the new guys gel with the rest of the team. Only time will tell. But things do seem to be going the right way and you know what they say about when things are going right.
Arklow

Baltimore, MD

#8 Feb 21, 2009
Let's all just say a little prayer for the success of Dwight Gooden's physical in Sacramento.
Mr Belvedere

Glenview, IL

#9 Feb 21, 2009
Arklow wrote:
The trades that didn't happen may have been a great blessing. Amare is apparently out for the season and would have done nothing for the Bulls this year. I still like Bosch but I'm not sure about his head and he seems to have some short term health issues. We would have given up a lot more to get either of these guys and I'm not sure we would be better off for it.
Are you serious!? Amare would have done nothing for the Bulls this year? What planet are you living on? Do people just post random crap on here cuz they don't know any better or do they actually believe this tripe?

Amare would have given the Bulls 10+ wins and possibly moved us up to a #6 spot in the playoffs. When he is on his game, he is the most dominant offensive big in the league. All the Bulls would have given up in talent was Thomas, who has yet to prove himself over an entire season anyway, so it would have been a complete heist by the Bulls. And Amare's injury was a complete freak accident. Karma just hates the Suns for some reason.

And what's wrong with Bosh's head? His dreads? His unfortunate acne? The guy is a fiery competitor and is playing on one of the crappiest teams in the league. No doubt he is frustrated, I would be, but he's not a headcase by any means. He just wants to win badly, and that won't happen in Toronto because no one wants to play there.

Mark my words. By next year's trade deadline, Bosh will be a Bull.
maddog

Chicago, IL

#10 Feb 21, 2009
I find it interesting that all the major new players are discussed in this article other than Tim Thomas. They could be trading Larry Hughes for a worse problem, but i hope Vinny gives him some decent playing time. It looks like the Bulls may be saying that Skiles was the bad guy last time Tim was here.

It looks like the Suns may have been try to pass the Bulls damaged goods with Amare - he injured the eye in pre-season. Why wasn't he wearing googles? Anyway, I'm glad they kept Tyrus - he may never fulfill his potential, but he sure is fun to watch.
Arklow

Oak Park, IL

#11 Feb 22, 2009
Mr Belvedere wrote:
<quoted text>
Are you serious!? Amare would have done nothing for the Bulls this year? What planet are you living on? Do people just post random crap on here cuz they don't know any better or do they actually believe this tripe?
Amare would have given the Bulls 10+ wins and possibly moved us up to a #6 spot in the playoffs. When he is on his game, he is the most dominant offensive big in the league. All the Bulls would have given up in talent was Thomas, who has yet to prove himself over an entire season anyway, so it would have been a complete heist by the Bulls. And Amare's injury was a complete freak accident. Karma just hates the Suns for some reason.
And what's wrong with Bosh's head? His dreads? His unfortunate acne? The guy is a fiery competitor and is playing on one of the crappiest teams in the league. No doubt he is frustrated, I would be, but he's not a headcase by any means. He just wants to win badly, and that won't happen in Toronto because no one wants to play there.
Mark my words. By next year's trade deadline, Bosh will be a Bull.
I guess you haven't seen the reports on Stoudemire. Here's one from Sports Illustrated:

"PHOENIX (AP)-- Amar'e Stoudemire could be finished for the season just days after the Phoenix Suns decided not to trade him."

Perhaps I'm a little over bougt into the idea that Amare is out for the season, but that's what I was talking about. Doesn't sound to me like he's likely to be giving ANYONE 10+ wins this year.

And don't get me wrong, I like Bosh. I just haven't seen enough of him, mysel, to be sure he's got his head together. I've just seen a few things from him that make me wonder. I know what we have in hand and the Bulls have some good things happening. I was (and still am) a little nervous about trading away too much of that.
Nada Surf

B M Goldwater A F Range, AZ

#12 Feb 22, 2009
Mr Belvedere wrote:
<quoted text>
Are you serious!? Amare would have done nothing for the Bulls this year? What planet are you living on? Do people just post random crap on here cuz they don't know any better or do they actually believe this tripe?
Amare would have given the Bulls 10+ wins and possibly moved us up to a #6 spot in the playoffs. When he is on his game, he is the most dominant offensive big in the league. All the Bulls would have given up in talent was Thomas, who has yet to prove himself over an entire season anyway, so it would have been a complete heist by the Bulls. And Amare's injury was a complete freak accident. Karma just hates the Suns for some reason.
And what's wrong with Bosh's head? His dreads? His unfortunate acne? The guy is a fiery competitor and is playing on one of the crappiest teams in the league. No doubt he is frustrated, I would be, but he's not a headcase by any means. He just wants to win badly, and that won't happen in Toronto because no one wants to play there.
Mark my words. By next year's trade deadline, Bosh will be a Bull.
You are probably right.
Had the Bulls dealt for Stoudemire, they might have only won 10 more games the rest of the way.
Steve from Sacramento

Sacramento, CA

#13 Feb 22, 2009
You got a great team player in John Salmons.

Very good defender and can break almost anyone down on the dribble.

Sacramento will miss him, but we're not going anywhere this year and the trade will give him a chance to show his talents.
Tiffany

United States

#14 Feb 22, 2009
they're lucky to have salmons,they need more scorers
Nada Surf

B M Goldwater A F Range, AZ

#15 Feb 22, 2009
Salmons looked good.
Hopefully, they'll put either Rose or Gordon on the bench since the two of them can't co-exist out there.
Steve from Sacramento

Sacramento, CA

#16 Feb 22, 2009
Haven't seen any recent Bulls games, but John will "fit in". He can defend, score or assist and is willing to do what it takes to help the team.

Sometimes the coaches forget what a good scorer he is and don't run plays for him.

He's NBA starter talent... enjoy the good play he'll bring every game.
Nada Surf

B M Goldwater A F Range, AZ

#17 Feb 22, 2009
Lsd wrote:
That is what I have been telling people, that Rose looks like Lebron in a point guard body. Lebron even said he sees similiarility in both their game, when he was broadcasting the Rookie-Sophmore game. Watch, the next time you see Derrick dunk, he looks more like Lebron than Wade,when he dunks. This is really saying something...
Rose doesn't look one millimeter like Lebron James in any way shape or form...
James has more court vision in his pinkie than Rose has everywhere...
Rose is at least four leagues below James.

Quit licking Rose
Nada
Greg

Carol Stream, IL

#18 Feb 22, 2009
BullMan wrote:
Salmons has to play SF.
With Noc, Simmons, Ruffin, and now Thabo gone, there is a VOID at SF. Deng is the only SF on the Team now.
So we Need Salmonis to back Deng up at SF. The Guard Rotation should stay the same.
If thabo was here, it would effect not only Gordon, but Kirk Hinrichs minutes as well.
Not good if you're talking about trading him this offseason.
So Salmons will get the Bulk at Backup SF.
Isn't Tim Thomas a SF?
Tiffany

United States

#19 Feb 22, 2009
tim is a sf/pf
GHook93

Costa Mesa, CA

#20 Feb 23, 2009
Look Ben Gordon is a great scorer and a great shooter, but his defense takes away from any positives on offense. Salmons is not as good as a scorer as Ben (but an argument can be made that he is as good of a shooter), but his 10 defense is 10 fold better! Salmons should start.

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