Thursday, October 04, 2007

Carnac the Smithnificent

To make up for the Cubs post, I'd like to note that Sam Smith writes a column with the subhed "Gordon, Deng could challenge Bulls' salary philosophy." After noting how decent and swell the two players are as people, he writes "So you wonder how it is that Gordon and Deng could be saying no to earning $10 million a year in the NBA. But that's apparently the situation."

Um, okay. We have one "could" in the subhed, one "could" in the piece, which is then immediately followed by an "apparently." We then move on to a "might," as in "the situation is a concern because it might be the first major test of the Bulls' philosophy." Why all the hedging? Well, there's no need for me to hedge about the answer. Sam tells us himself, admitting toward the end of the column, "I'm not sure where the Bulls are with Gordon and Deng." He's just "guessing."

Christ, man! I can do that! You're a reporter! For the love of your craft, report!


Blogger mrberg said...

Remember, you are talking about Sam Smith here. The same Sam Smith who, on weekly basis, has another superstar coming to the Bulls. He does more prognosticating than your local Astrologist.

But that is why we love him. He doesn't care if his ass is flapping in the wind. He is wrong nine times out of ten, but is still one of the best Bulls guys out there.

7:59 AM  
Blogger Hot Shit College Student said...

"In the end, how do you say no to $9.5 million a year?"

Because you can earn 11-13 million a year. Christ.

"Heck, Michael Jordan took a $100,000 cut in pay in 1990, when that was a lot of money, so the Bulls could sign another player."

I can't remember if Jordan was the greatest marketing force in the universe back in 1990, but surely he was making enough as a spokesman where he could shrug off 100 grand. And it's possible the Bulls promised him that money down the road.

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Bullshooter said...

if Jordan could make up $100k, don't you think Deng or Gordon could make up $1-2 mil on a contending team? Would you rather make $10 mil on the Bulls or $13 mil on the Hawks?

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Matt, your friendly Bulls Blogger said...

honestly? I think most players would take the most money. Luckily for bleeding heart fans, the CBA is structured so that the 'home team' can pay the most.

To me, it's up to management to manage the cap, not the players.

3:32 PM  
Blogger Peruvian Idol said...

Seriously. The Bulls are just bidding against themselves at this point. Might as well let them see what's out there next summer and let the Bulls match. I doubt either of those guys would take the one-year tender risking injury in hopes of getting even bigger bucks from a very small pool of teams that would even have the cap room to sign them.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Hot Shit College Student said...

bidding against themselves for gordon and Deng is a good thing. It's tough to gauge what other teams would be willing to pay for either, but it's likely a lot and the Bulls don't want to find out.

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Coach Skiles said...

Um, yeah Paxson does a great job bidding against himself.

Is anyone really going to fucking justify Noce getting $8 mil now! I'd rather have Deng and Gordon locked up. Pay them $14 mil a year and trade Noce for a draft pick.

And go easy on Bengo. Between this Cubs thing and us getting our ass kicked in a very important softball game the other day he's in a fragile state.

12:30 PM  

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