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Bulls worse than expected but not as bad as it seems

As is typical, I agree with some of what you say; however, I do not agree with you about the coaching ability of Scott Skiles. It appears to me that Skiles is capable of coaching average, experienced players, but that is about all. I did love the discipline he brought to the team, but doubt that he could have taken them much further. It seems that he made sure anyone with an opinion other than his was gone. I don't think that he could have coached a team with a Michael Jordan or a Kobe Bryant. It appeared to me the Wallace headband incident last year portended what happened this year. As for being able to "coach" younger players, especially long ones, I don't think he was qualified. Chandler’s progress since he left the Bulls, and Thomas’s and Noah's lack of progress are examples that add credibility to the point. I hope Thabo’s performance of late will continue to be another example. The talking heads on TV gave him a great deal of credit for being able to draw plays for a specific situation; however, he certainly didn't seem to be able to draw up a plan to get a season off to a good start.  (Jan 18, 2008 | post #17)

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What does 'change' mean, anyway?

One of the biggest changes I’d like to see in politics is the politicians answering what and why. They are the two big questions that aren't discussed by politicians when it comes to change. The first and most important is - change what? Many of us feel that government/politic s needs change, but few want to change everything. The problem is if a politician gets too specific as to what is to be changed; he or she is more apt to make enemies than to win supporters. Their response is to speak in generalities. That allows us to believe they are talking about changing the things we want change. When they get a little more specific, they fail to talk about the second big question – how is the change going to happen? Not many people will get too upset if a candidate speaks about changing government waste, but until something is said how it’s to be accomplished it is just a lot of rhetoric. Until politicians start talking about what and why, change is just a feel good phrase.  (Jan 11, 2008 | post #8)

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