Send a Message
to techenhance

Comments

45

Joined

Oct 19, 2008

techenhance Profile

Forums Owned

Recent Posts

Chicago Tribune

Scottie Pippen says Chicago Bulls need to get Derrick Ros...

And if the Bulls are mired in mediocrity, Rose will try to go somewhere where he can get paid AND win. An earlier post hit the nail right on the head. If D-Rose loved home more than winning, he could've went to DePaul or, even better, Illinois. He could've put up better numbers in Illinois and took them deep into the tournament and still been the number 1 pick. He went to Memphis to win. The money will be there no matter where he goes. Even if the Bulls offer him the most money, he'll leave Chicago if that means a better chance to win.  (Jul 15, 2009 | post #29)

Chicago Tribune

Scottie Pippen says Chicago Bulls need to get Derrick Ros...

As much as I would love for Wade to come home for an all-Chi-Town backcourt, or for any other top-tier free agent to come here, cap space isn't a guarantee that that'll happen. We've been here before and ended up with Ron Mercer. I don't think the Bulls, in their current form, would be all that appealing to top FAs. There are a few other teams with more talent than the current Bulls that will have cap space available. That's why the Bulls have to make noise this summer. If they can somehow manage to add a significant piece this summer, they'd have a much better chance of luring Wade or another top-tier FA next summer. Our only other hope is that Rose and some of the other young guys play unexpectedly well and put the Bulls at the top half of the conference. And that's a serious stretch.  (Jul 15, 2009 | post #28)

Chicago Tribune

Bottom line: Chicago Bulls didn't think Ben Gordon worth ...

I'm just glad it's over. I'm surprised Detroit is paying him so much. It would've been nice if they could've kept him, but when they overpaid Hinrich and then overpaid Deng, the handwriting was on the wall. Pax better hope Deng finds a way to regain his form from the 2006 within Del Negro's system. Otherwise that will be a colossal waste of money. The only thing that would make up for it would be convincing D. Wade to come back home next summer.  (Jul 2, 2009 | post #40)

Chicago Tribune

Point guard still seems a Bulls priority

I think if they draft a high-caliber point guard it will be to trade him in some kind of package for a big.  (May 29, 2009 | post #4)

Chicago Tribune

Bulls upset Celtics 105-103 in overtime

I hesitate to call AI a franchise player only because he's difficult to build around. You usually have only one or two guys on a team willing to play tough D while not caring if and when they shoot. The Sixers somehow managed to almost fill an entire roster with them. That's the only kind of successful team you can build around AI because of his style. And it's still not enough against a more balanced team like LA was. To me, a franchise player should be able to give a GM more options. Nash is one of my favorite PGs. But not many - if anyone - considered him a franchise player in Dallas. Phoenix was the perfect team with the perfect style and his offensive number shot up. I love the assists, but he doesn't do enough on the other side of the ball for me to consider him a franchise player.  (Apr 18, 2009 | post #82)

Entertainment

Susan Boyle, the most unlikely reality TV star ever, shoc...

She definitely has a beautiful voice. I think the hype is a little over the top for all the wrong reasons, but that doesn't change the fact that she has a beautiful voice. I hope she has lasting success as a professional singer.  (Apr 18, 2009 | post #780)

Chicago Tribune

Bulls upset Celtics 105-103 in overtime

The other thing I like about this game is that, as a team, the Bulls didn't play that great. Neither did the Celts, but when the Bulls win a playoff when neither team plays all that great, it's a sign that they're learning how to keep their cool in pressure situations. An upset series win would be great, but I'll be happy with them continuing to show signs of growth.  (Apr 18, 2009 | post #51)

Chicago Tribune

Bulls upset Celtics 105-103 in overtime

I agree with CP3 and Deron Williams. Nash is an outstanding PG, one of the best in the game, but I wouldn't put the "franchise " tag on him. I'm iffy about AI only because he doesn't give you a lot of options when it comes to building around him. I consider Rose possible franchise-caliber because he plays with such poise, shown the ability to take over games at will, and he's played his best ball in his biggest games - all at such a young age. I still qualify this with "possible " because I haven't seen him do these things more consistently. If (once) he does, I'll be a true believer.  (Apr 18, 2009 | post #50)

Chicago Tribune

Bulls upset Celtics 105-103 in overtime

Allen and Pierce had sub-par games, but so did Salmons and Gordon. Gordon and Pierce got their 20 or more but their field goal percentage was bad. If Rose can continue this high level of play and the other guys can just play to their averages, the Bulls have a great chance to win this series with KG out. Boston will play Rose much tougher in the following games. How he responds to it will be the key to the Bulls' success or failure. This should be fun.  (Apr 18, 2009 | post #40)

Chicago Tribune

Bulls upset Celtics 105-103 in overtime

That's how VDN coaches. You can tell he was a shooter when he played. Salmons doesn't usually shoot that bad but VDN shows them he has confidence in them and that in turn gives them more confidence. Ty Thomas is an excellent example. If VDN was like Skiles and always pulled Thomas after a couple of bad shots, he's not in the game for those big rebounds and blocks. And he's not in the game (or doesn't have the confidence) to take and make the big shots he made down the stretch today. It could be good for the players long-term, but it drives people crazy (me included) in the short term.  (Apr 18, 2009 | post #38)

Chicago Tribune

Bulls upset Celtics 105-103 in overtime

Rose is showing the early signs of being a special player. Not just a star, but a true franchise caliber player. His regular season stats were nice, but not eye-popping. But one of the best playoff debuts in history by a kid in just his 2nd year out of high school is HUGE. I'm not just talking about this game, either. In the last two games coming into this series, even the loss to Toronto he played big. It's an example of a young player playing his best when the stakes were the highest. That's what the very best do. When he's hitting that J, the kid's unstoppable.  (Apr 18, 2009 | post #32)

Chicago Tribune

Bulls trip Pistons, will get either 6 or 7 seed

It's nice to watch these young players grow. 4 or 5 guys make solid contributions every night now. They take turns stepping up having big games (or quarters). The defense is playing just well enough to win. This is starting to feel a little like the Scott Skiles playoff years with the slow start and strong finish. The difference now though is this team has Rose, a guy that has a legitimate chance to be not just an all-star but a super star. Big wins like this one are what give young studs the confidence to go to that next level. I have to start taking back some of the bad stuff I said about Pax. The move for Salmons and Miller was subtle but significant. He filled in a couple of holes and now they're surging.  (Apr 13, 2009 | post #16)

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Bulls defeat Charlotte Bobcats 113-106

"It might be easier to do a sign-and-trade this OFFseason," is what I meant to say.  (Apr 12, 2009 | post #66)

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Bulls defeat Charlotte Bobcats 113-106

In Pax's defense - and I rarely defend him - BG was next to impossible to move last summer because of his impeding unrestricted free agency and his inflated contract demands. In BG's defense, his demands were inflated because both Deng and Hinrich were overpaid so Gordon felt it was only fair to be paid the same way. It might be easier to do a sign-and-trade this season, though. BG would probably take less than what he demanded of Pax from another team rather than take less than Deng to stay in Chicago, and I don't blame him. If that happens, I just hope they get value or return. Otherwise, we'll have to hope a couple of guys blossom into stars and quickly.  (Apr 12, 2009 | post #65)

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Bulls defeat Charlotte Bobcats 113-106

I can't defend Gordon's defense. He tries hard, but he's too slow to guard point guards and too short to guard 2 guards. But he always has been, and the Bulls were still one of the best defensive teams in the league for 3 seasons in a row with Gordon playing big minutes, both in and out of the starting lineup.Of course, it's easy to ignore that when you're looking for reasons to criticize. The main 2 differences in the defense between those teams and this one is, first and foremost, the coach. The second difference is the front line. Those good defensive teams had the likes of Chandler, Antonio Davis, Ben Wallace and PJ Brown. These guys were shot-blockers and tough, rugged defenders and rebounders who knew how to protect the lane. If they could replace BG with someone who could score at least in the high teens in VDN's offensive system while playing outstanding perimeter defense, then by all means, let BG walk or hope he embraces coming off the bench. But even then, the front line defense would still have to improve and VDN would have to coach better team defense. If these things don't happen, they have to have BG's scoring and ability to spread opposing defenses with his shooting range.  (Apr 12, 2009 | post #62)