K.C. Johnson's Bulls mailbag

K.C. Johnson's Bulls mailbag

There are 40 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Dec 18, 2008, titled K.C. Johnson's Bulls mailbag. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The Tribune's Bulls reporter answers reader questions -- and even dons his Sam Smith trade proposal hat for once.

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Alex

Wheaton, IL

#1 Dec 18, 2008
No-Shot Noah is a waek lazy clown with no talent and he is still out of shape--or hung over.

Kapt Klank Hinrich is a careeer inconsistent shooter who eats the clock while circle dribbling because he can't beat anyone off the dribble...Duhon was a true point guard but clueless Paxson overpaid for Klank, Deng & Nocioni who are not NBA starter quality.

Keepers: Rose, Gordon, Hughes, Gooden and maybe Thomas flush the rest starting with Pax.
Hilsto

Rockford, IL

#2 Dec 18, 2008
I really don't get why people are upset about Thabo's progress. To me he is such a non-factor. The idea that trades need to happen to open up time for Thabo... it would be like trading Thomas and Gooden to free up minutes for Gray. They are just not that good and were not even drafted very high anyway. We drafted Thabo to be a bench player, defensive stopper, and semi-polished older player from the draft who supposedly had experience in Europe and didn't need his hand held. What we got was a guy who struggled to produce with bench minutes and merely average at best with starter minutes and at worse a quivering mess. And since we have guys who can be great as starters why have Thabo the back court? His shot is the flattest in the NBA. His defense is good, but as a SG no one needs to guard him from outside since he can't shoot. I guess I wouldn't mind him taking Noc's minutes at the 3 since Noc has been terrible 9 out of the last 10 games and has be playing for no reason through numerous injuries. I don't know. Thabo's fate is so far down the list of things that need to be done I am amazed it keeps getting brought up.
kc junior

Seoul, Korea

#3 Dec 18, 2008
kc..you've smoking something......
man, just answer the question and gives us something we don't know..inside info
plz, no more stupid side talk
and keep up your deng it love
Nada Surf

Mesa, AZ

#4 Dec 18, 2008
Alex wrote:
No-Shot Noah is a waek lazy clown with no talent and he is still out of shape--or hung over.
Kapt Klank Hinrich is a careeer inconsistent shooter who eats the clock while circle dribbling because he can't beat anyone off the dribble...Duhon was a true point guard but clueless Paxson overpaid for Klank, Deng & Nocioni who are not NBA starter quality.
Keepers: Rose, Gordon, Hughes, Gooden and maybe Thomas flush the rest starting with Pax.
How many times are you going to run this same idiotic rant?
Nada Surf

Mesa, AZ

#5 Dec 18, 2008
Hilsto wrote:
I really don't get why people are upset about Thabo's progress. To me he is such a non-factor. The idea that trades need to happen to open up time for Thabo... it would be like trading Thomas and Gooden to free up minutes for Gray. They are just not that good and were not even drafted very high anyway. We drafted Thabo to be a bench player, defensive stopper, and semi-polished older player from the draft who supposedly had experience in Europe and didn't need his hand held. What we got was a guy who struggled to produce with bench minutes and merely average at best with starter minutes and at worse a quivering mess. And since we have guys who can be great as starters why have Thabo the back court? His shot is the flattest in the NBA. His defense is good, but as a SG no one needs to guard him from outside since he can't shoot. I guess I wouldn't mind him taking Noc's minutes at the 3 since Noc has been terrible 9 out of the last 10 games and has be playing for no reason through numerous injuries. I don't know. Thabo's fate is so far down the list of things that need to be done I am amazed it keeps getting brought up.
Thabo is a terrific talent that needs to develop confidence. The second the Bulls put him out for trade, there will be at least 15 teams trying to get him. It would be a major mistake if the Bulls give up on this kid.
Hawk

Grand Rapids, MI

#6 Dec 18, 2008
KC, great stuff. I like the sense of humor-- you are coming into your own as the Bulls "guy" at the Trib, and reading your Q and A makes it even more apparent
the truth is out there

Richton Park, IL

#7 Dec 19, 2008
deng doesnt know how to move on the floor with a point guard. He stands in the corner and waits for the ball to come to him. Gooden and Nocioni ar the only players that move around to get the ball. All the other babies on the team cry about the chances they get
jamie

United States

#8 Dec 19, 2008
Hawk wrote:
KC, great stuff. I like the sense of humor-- you are coming into your own as the Bulls "guy" at the Trib, and reading your Q and A makes it even more apparent
And KC Paid you how much to say this?
Scott

Skokie, IL

#9 Dec 19, 2008
Jesus, does the Trib not have quality assurance. You may want to re-read your articles before sending them off to be posted.
chris

Los Angeles, CA

#10 Dec 19, 2008
Why are people asking about Thabo?? The guy is terrible. He has done nothing with the minutes he's been given in 3-4 years. I can remember maybe twice when he had good stretches (and when I say good stretches I meant like 5-6 minutes). The guy's a bum. That's why he gets no playing time.
chris

Los Angeles, CA

#11 Dec 19, 2008
And K.C. You need a harder edge and you need to be more honest. Sometimes your answers reflect family time around the fireplace. Polite, courteous, polite laughter. People ask questions cause they want to know the truth. That's why Smith's Q&A was so good. He didn't hold back and gave you the truth. I thought the whole thing with being a journalist was that you did what was right for the story, and not what was going to keep your friendships strong with the people you were covering (re: Almost Famous). Give us some hard opinions where you take a stand. I don't want you to take this the wrong way, but your humor isn't strong enough to be a viable alternative to a strong opinion. If you were say, Charles Barkley, I'd accept you deflecting a question to make a joke. But that's not your strength. Just like shooting isn't Thomas' strength. Seriously, we're here to get answers and opinions. Give them to us.
Florida Jim

Altamonte Springs, FL

#12 Dec 19, 2008
" (I never found out a for sure amount on " Did you mean an exact amount? Please lead us in good language usage.
Der Koach

Chicago, IL

#13 Dec 19, 2008
I don't like the idea of wanting to move Gooden. He's the ONLY post player the Bulls have and if you move him, you've got to get a replacement in that spot. So I am not sure how moving him will create playing time for Thomas/Noah, neither of them is a post player.

I've been preaching this before the season started: Move Gordon now, while his value is high. Place Hughes in the starting lineup. He's shooting well from 3 point land, he's taller, a better defender and is a proven veteran. Plus, the move will allow a better look at Thabo off the bench. He's got length and can defend some. His confidence is shot from sitting and getting inconsistent minutes.

Gordon, Noc', can and must be moved for a big body who can defend in the post and rebound. That will help more than anything.

Ring it up!
Rod from Tennessee

AOL

#14 Dec 19, 2008
Of all the answers given by K.C., the one where he claims Deng as the third most valuable player on the team, i have to strongly disagree with. I base a player's value not on their paycheck so much, as what they provide on the court. Due to Deng's salary, perhaps expectations and potential are there; however, his production isn't. I currently see Deng's value below that of Rose, Gordon, Gooden, Hughes, and perhaps on par with Hinrich (although injured ). I'd rate Deng only slightly above Nocioni, and although Deng currently might be considered a notch more valuable than Thomas, the potential of T.T. would make for a tough choice on which player a team would keep, if they could only have one or the other. So, to make a long story short, i'd have Deng anywheres from 5-7 in value, which shows just how poorly Paxson and Reinsdorf are in judging talent.
Dan

Elmhurst, IL

#15 Dec 19, 2008
The problem with Loul is, and I'm not the only one that see's it, his sluggishness to the basket when he drives. He drives like he took on Shaq's weight. Trying to slash his way in to the basket takes that guy 3 seconds, by that time the D has already set and has him blocked.

There is a reason why they keep the middle open for Rose. No one on the team has the speed that he does to get past defenders down the middle to score, maybe Gordon but he's still not as fast as Rose.

That was the problem last year. You had sluggish guys like Deng trying to take cuts to the middle.. Average teams read that and clogged the hole before any progress was made. You could imagine what the good teams did against us last year.

All in all, Vinnie saw this from last years tapes. Thats why the offense has changed and thats why we are almost .500 after 25 games instead of 5-20!!!
Nada Surf

Mesa, AZ

#16 Dec 19, 2008
chris wrote:
Why are people asking about Thabo?? The guy is terrible. He has done nothing with the minutes he's been given in 3-4 years. I can remember maybe twice when he had good stretches (and when I say good stretches I meant like 5-6 minutes). The guy's a bum. That's why he gets no playing time.
I'll say it again; Thabo is a terrific talent and he will show it when given a lengthy chance. However, that chance, apparently, will come with another organization.
Nada Surf

Mesa, AZ

#17 Dec 19, 2008
chris wrote:
And K.C. You need a harder edge and you need to be more honest. Sometimes your answers reflect family time around the fireplace. Polite, courteous, polite laughter. People ask questions cause they want to know the truth. That's why Smith's Q&A was so good. He didn't hold back and gave you the truth. I thought the whole thing with being a journalist was that you did what was right for the story, and not what was going to keep your friendships strong with the people you were covering (re: Almost Famous). Give us some hard opinions where you take a stand. I don't want you to take this the wrong way, but your humor isn't strong enough to be a viable alternative to a strong opinion. If you were say, Charles Barkley, I'd accept you deflecting a question to make a joke. But that's not your strength. Just like shooting isn't Thomas' strength. Seriously, we're here to get answers and opinions. Give them to us.
Maybe YOU need a LIFE!
This is sports.
It's not life or death.
Why don't you get to know your friends, family and neighbors the way you know the Bulls lineup?
Turn off the TV for a while and get a life.
Nada Surf

Mesa, AZ

#18 Dec 19, 2008
Der Koach wrote:
I don't like the idea of wanting to move Gooden. He's the ONLY post player the Bulls have and if you move him, you've got to get a replacement in that spot. So I am not sure how moving him will create playing time for Thomas/Noah, neither of them is a post player.
I've been preaching this before the season started: Move Gordon now, while his value is high. Place Hughes in the starting lineup. He's shooting well from 3 point land, he's taller, a better defender and is a proven veteran. Plus, the move will allow a better look at Thabo off the bench. He's got length and can defend some. His confidence is shot from sitting and getting inconsistent minutes.
Gordon, Noc', can and must be moved for a big body who can defend in the post and rebound. That will help more than anything.
Ring it up!
We'll be ringing nothing of yours.
Gooden is manure.
Hughes is the strongest-smelling manure in the league and it's a shame it stems from Chicago.
Nada Surf

Mesa, AZ

#19 Dec 19, 2008
Rod from Tennessee wrote:
Of all the answers given by K.C., the one where he claims Deng as the third most valuable player on the team, i have to strongly disagree with. I base a player's value not on their paycheck so much, as what they provide on the court. Due to Deng's salary, perhaps expectations and potential are there; however, his production isn't. I currently see Deng's value below that of Rose, Gordon, Gooden, Hughes, and perhaps on par with Hinrich (although injured ). I'd rate Deng only slightly above Nocioni, and although Deng currently might be considered a notch more valuable than Thomas, the potential of T.T. would make for a tough choice on which player a team would keep, if they could only have one or the other. So, to make a long story short, i'd have Deng anywheres from 5-7 in value, which shows just how poorly Paxson and Reinsdorf are in judging talent.
It's an asinine argument you bring up, but Deng is the SECOND most important player on this team.
He's gonna be around a while, too.
Nada Surf

Mesa, AZ

#20 Dec 19, 2008
Scott wrote:
Jesus, does the Trib not have quality assurance. You may want to re-read your articles before sending them off to be posted.
Can we leave religion out of this?
Doesn't he have enough to do this time of year, anyway?

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