Bulls draft picks James Johnson, Taj Gibson ready to get to work

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Seemingly every time Taj Gibson boarded the elevator at the downtown Chicago hotel where the NBA staged its predraft camp in late May, James Johnson 's smile greeted him.
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ouzi

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#22 Jun 30, 2009
Get up wrote:
Keep wasting your time worrying about million dollar players jobs, and watch yours disappear. As long as the government can keep all you fools occupied with watching sports and entertainment garbage the masses of people won't speak up about all the injustice, fraud, and unemployment. When was the last time a sports figure gave YOU money?.
VERY WELL SAID MY FRIEND.. TOTALLY TRUE IN EVERYTHING YOU SAY, IT IS NOTHING NEW IN HUMAN HISTORY, ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS LOOK BACK AT THE ROMAN EMPIRE AND THEIR GAMES IN THE COLLOSIUM, WE ABSOLUTELY FOLLOW IN THEIR PATH, WHICH WAS ENDED EVENTUALLY!!!
Mike H

New York, NY

#23 Jun 30, 2009
Indeed, K.C. Johnson -- and most newspaper beat writers covering pro sports -- coverage is laughable in the way they toe the company line and write the same stories as their counterparts, often at the same time.
I don't understand how "losing Ben Gordon for nothing" is not a huge deal, and evidence of the ineptitude of Bulls' brass. Pax would have been fired if he wasn't given the No. 1 pick last year by the NBA -- and don't be in denial about that fact. Rose was a gift from Stern for one of his league's top markets, floundering.
Ben Gordon is a one-dimensional player, but his dimension is the most important one in the game. His was never appreciated enough by the team for his skills. I do not blame him for leaving.
Mgray

Atlanta, GA

#24 Jun 30, 2009
Mike H wrote:
Indeed, K.C. Johnson -- and most newspaper beat writers covering pro sports -- coverage is laughable in the way they toe the company line and write the same stories as their counterparts, often at the same time.
I don't understand how "losing Ben Gordon for nothing" is not a huge deal, and evidence of the ineptitude of Bulls' brass. Pax would have been fired if he wasn't given the No. 1 pick last year by the NBA -- and don't be in denial about that fact. Rose was a gift from Stern for one of his league's top markets, floundering.
Ben Gordon is a one-dimensional player, but his dimension is the most important one in the game. His was never appreciated enough by the team for his skills. I do not blame him for leaving.
Wow.........a poster that knows what he is talking about. I likes.
Mgray

Atlanta, GA

#25 Jun 30, 2009
The Pistons fire Curry...............because they are trying 2 WIN.
ozziefan

Paramount, CA

#26 Jun 30, 2009
ATLDre wrote:
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Noah's stats 6.7 points 7.6 boards.
Tyrus stats 7.7 5.0
We drafted talent we already had.
Say hello to the 2009 version of Jeff Sanders and Marcus Fizer. Same stuff about length about players in the 6'7 range. Players like these help big time teams that have frontline talent.
You mean Krause made a mistake taking Sanders instead of next up Vlade Divac? And taking noname, child support stiffer instead of Finley?
ozziefan

Paramount, CA

#27 Jun 30, 2009
Mike H wrote:
Indeed, K.C. Johnson -- and most newspaper beat writers covering pro sports -- coverage is laughable in the way they toe the company line and write the same stories as their counterparts, often at the same time.
I don't understand how "losing Ben Gordon for nothing" is not a huge deal, and evidence of the ineptitude of Bulls' brass. Pax would have been fired if he wasn't given the No. 1 pick last year by the NBA -- and don't be in denial about that fact. Rose was a gift from Stern for one of his league's top markets, floundering.
Ben Gordon is a one-dimensional player, but his dimension is the most important one in the game. His was never appreciated enough by the team for his skills. I do not blame him for leaving.
Good analysis. Ben might have been a great Bulls PG, if he had played PG instead of Hinrich. We will find out when he plays the point elsewhere. He certainly wont play SG elsewhere.
ozziefan

Paramount, CA

#28 Jun 30, 2009
Rod from Tennessee wrote:
No matter what fans might think of Ben Gordon, let's be real here. If the Bulls lose him, and unfortunately i fully expect them to do so, replacing him with Lindsey Hunter or some low level backup player is going to hurt this team bigtime.
As upsetting as watching this team become the Clippers of the east is, it's just something we're going to have to live with. Reinsdorf and Paxson have set this team back for the next half decade with that Luol Deng signing, and that can't be undone. Gordon is only the first, of other current Bull players which will be allowed to leave via free agency in the next few years. Alot of the current Bulls will continue to come up for contract renewal, and with as much money that has been already relegated to two second string players (Deng, Hinrich), as well as having an owner who won't go anywhere's near the salary cap, players will have to be moved on despite the value they bring.
We as Bull fans can only hope this new GM is a wheeler and dealer enough, to bring enough quality in and out every couple years to keep the Bulls at the .500 level. Truth is though, as long as Reinsdorf remains the Bulls owner, the team will never even sniff another championship. There will never be another player as gifted as Michael Jordan come along for the Bulls, which would be willing to work below the pay level like Jordan did for several years, and have a player like Scottie Pippen to allow himself to be tricked into a longterm contract for peanuts by Reinsdorf, knowing full well that no matter how well you perform, Reinsdorf would never redo that players contract, even if that player helped bring championships for the next 6 years.
Dont forget we assumed a $12M contract next year for a backup center just to get us out of the lottery and into the first round. Was that to Pax's credit?
Nada Surf

B M Goldwater A F Range, AZ

#29 Jun 30, 2009
Mgray wrote:
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Wow.........a poster that knows what he is talking about. I likes.
I'm sorry, Captain Sunshine, but you --OF ALL PEOPLE-- are not capable of determining who does or doesn't know what they are talking about.
Nada Surf

B M Goldwater A F Range, AZ

#30 Jun 30, 2009
CentrILMark wrote:
I don't comment much on here because I don't want to waste the time on the regulars(not all but many of whom) spew a bunch of negative BS every day(apparently because they have no lives)..
You don't post much here anymore because you've had your lunch handed to you too many times.
Alex

Wheaton, IL

#31 Jun 30, 2009
TONY B wrote:
<quoted text>Honestly, those of you who use lame nicknames such as Alex does above, just sound dumb. Don't try to define a player's game by a 2-word nickname. No-Shot Noah is one of the dumbest nicknames I've ever heard, and all it does is highlight his one major deficiency. Similarly, "Klank" Hinrich highlights one of his only deficiencies, and to be honest, he's not even that bad of a shooter. So, writing comments just to see how many clever (only to you) nicknames you can fit, as to impress your internet counterparts, is just a very failing attempt at popularity and does not help you make a point whatsoever. SO SHUT THE F)UCK UP ALEX.
Dear Tony the Tough Guy,

I understand that you are just as tough on the phone as you are in the blogs!

Try reading the stats and the box score, then engage your pea brain before you write!

Klank Hinrich, No-Shot Noah are role player at best and the NBA has neutered them.

Hey tough guy, did you shave your legs today! Your your panty hose will look terrible.

PS Klank Hinrich is a streak shooter,
and every year his % has dropped. Considering that he is too slow to beat anyone off the dribble, he should be glued to the bench.

Since: Jan 09

Chicago,il

#33 Jun 30, 2009
well since i believe gordan is going to detroit... would anyone else like to see Ariza as the starting 2 gaurd next year ? we could use the size and the defense.
ozziefan

Paramount, CA

#34 Jun 30, 2009
Alex wrote:
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Dear Tony the Tough Guy,
I understand that you are just as tough on the phone as you are in the blogs!
Try reading the stats and the box score, then engage your pea brain before you write!
Klank Hinrich, No-Shot Noah are role player at best and the NBA has neutered them.
Hey tough guy, did you shave your legs today! Your your panty hose will look terrible.
PS Klank Hinrich is a streak shooter,
and every year his % has dropped. Considering that he is too slow to beat anyone off the dribble, he should be glued to the bench.
Right and Hinrich's salary should be deducted from Paxson's. Is that legal?
E B F

Chicago, IL

#36 Jun 30, 2009
All season long I switched back and forth on the Bulls because of their maddening tendency to look fantastic one game then pathetic the next. When they battled their way into the playoffs and then played in a seven game classic, those old feelings of the Championship teams came back to give me hope once again. Maybe the new guys will push us to a higher level of play in the near future, but my reality remains the same: Any pass-time that gets me closer to Bears Football is a welcome one.
Touchdown!!!
Surfer Dude

Columbia, SC

#37 Jun 30, 2009
We will see how these draft pix pan out in a year or so. Tough to see any these guys really helping tho.
T Webb

Columbus, OH

#38 Jul 1, 2009
ouzi wrote:
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VERY WELL SAID MY FRIEND.. TOTALLY TRUE IN EVERYTHING YOU SAY, IT IS NOTHING NEW IN HUMAN HISTORY, ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS LOOK BACK AT THE ROMAN EMPIRE AND THEIR GAMES IN THE COLLOSIUM, WE ABSOLUTELY FOLLOW IN THEIR PATH, WHICH WAS ENDED EVENTUALLY!!!
Just because someone has enough passion in a sport to follow it and post to a blog does not mean they can't follow what's going on in the world at the same time. I am a Public Affairs professional for the government and I worked on the last two Presidential and Governor campaigns. Not only do I follow the Bulls and the Bears, I consider myself a news junkie.

By the way as Rome is burning I see both of you have time to stop by to post and read.
ATLDre

Marietta, GA

#39 Jul 1, 2009
T Webb wrote:
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Just because someone has enough passion in a sport to follow it and post to a blog does not mean they can't follow what's going on in the world at the same time. I am a Public Affairs professional for the government and I worked on the last two Presidential and Governor campaigns. Not only do I follow the Bulls and the Bears, I consider myself a news junkie.
By the way as Rome is burning I see both of you have time to stop by to post and read.
What does a Public Affairs professional do? Not trying to be funny. Just interested in knowing what the position entails.

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