Just to Pile On...
If I calculated Nocioni's +/- correctly, he was -11.
UPDATE: According to the NBA Box, Ty was only +3, Noce was -12. I would take their word over mine, but still, general point stands.
Home of the amoral victories
As for Thomas, he is young, though perhaps someone should allow him to study the system. He seems to wander around on offense looking for a lob. He doesn't appear to have much of an impact on the game, which is somewhat embarrassing given the fabulous production of Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge, just coming off a 31-point, 13-rebound effort after 29 and nine a few nights ago.Yep. I really wish Aldridge had scored 31 meaningless points in a meaningless game for the Bulls instead of Tyrus Thomas. Is anyone impressed by that? What was Aldridge doing in an exhibition long enough to score all those points?
Check back after the game for some interesting, self-reflective comments from Thomas about his role, his thoughts about starting and how important this season is for him personally.My advice? Tyrus Thomas sits down with a media relations coach, and K.C. reflects on his days covering absolutely not warm or interesting characters like Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher.
Skiles talks a lot of junk to opposing players during games, and he starts a lot of stuff and gets away with a lot of stuff that people aren't aware of because he hides it so well. But there's a point in life where Skiles can be like Larry Brown, where guys get tired of hearing him bitch every day. Players might think his style is cool when they're young in the league and they're from good programs where they were used to being coached as a lot of the Bulls players were. But after they've signed their new contracts and he starts to get on their nerves, they might start saying, 'I've got a lot of power too.' You could see one or two important guys saying, 'Screw you.' ...
This week, the Coop Zeitung has a picture of Thabo Sefolosha on the cover along with a feature article. In case you you've never heard of Thabo Sefolosha, he's a half-Swiss, half-South African basketball player who plays for the Chicago Bulls.Take notice, American grocery stores.
Yes...he's a Swiss basketball player, playing for the Chicago Bulls...
...who's flipping the bird on the cover of the Coop Zeitung!
Oh, and even if you were a fan of Yannick Noah's exquisite brand of tennis, don't dare tease Joakim about Dad's brand of Easy Listening World Beat Euro-pop.UPDATE: From K.C., JamesOn using his iPod for more productive things. Thoughts on shipping Curry back and forth from the minors?
"I'm very proud of him because he's doing what he loves and he's the No. 1-selling artist in France," Joakim said. "You tell me another athlete in the world who's a No. 1-selling artist ... that's unheard of.
"I mean, is it something that I'm going to listen to in my iPod? No, I'm not. But at the same time, he's found a second career and he's killing it and he's doing what he loves to do, so I couldn't be more proud of him."
''We're definitely working hard in practice,'' Noah said. ''He's a competitor, I'm a competitor. We're working hard fighting for minutes, but at the same time I think we realize we can make each other better and it's all about winning. I'm really happy that a guy with his athleticism, his ability, is on my team.''Scott Skiles in Mike 'The Omega Man of Reason' McGraw's column:
Skiles also downplayed the notion that Noah is in a battle with Tyrus Thomas to start at power forward. The two players basically represent the Bulls' front court of the future and may play together, or Skiles could opt to use veteran Joe Smith at the position.
"I wouldn't read a lot into who starts on opening night anyway at that spot," Skiles said. "I don't think it makes that much difference.
"Each guy does a little something different, so we've got to be a little more concerned about which guy or guys can come off the bench and maybe fit better with (Andres) Nocioni and (Chris) Duhon and Thabo (Sefolosha). So we're trying to balance both lineups out there."
At least no one makes sweeping generalizations about the work ethic of NBA players anymore.
I'm all for criticizing players (take them down a peg to my level!), but the vague criticism of Thomas seems to be a non-story fit for the preseason. Noah doesn't need to be pumped up on the corpse of Tyrus Thomas' reputation either. Fans have learned an important lesson: never be rude to anyone who needs a word count, and meets a deadline.
33. Ben Gordon, Chicago: At 6′2″ The Commissioner guards taller shooting guards and does an excellent job. Plus, who is The Man when it’s time to take a big shot in Chi-town?
34. Kirk Hinrich, Chicago: Captain K is a baaaaad young man. Clutch, tough defensively, and a good decision-maker. Plus, he always seems to get under the opponents’ skin.
Not sure what defense BG supposedly plays, but a pretty complimentary rundown.
Gordon denied a New York Daily News report that claimed he was in the market for a five-year, $70 million contract extension. He is eligible to become a restricted free agent after the season. Asked whether $55 million is closer to the truth, Gordon said, "No comment."K.C. Johnson's Trib Column:
General manager John Paxson will consider sending Curry to the Bulls' D-League affiliate occasionally during the season to make sure the second-round pick gets playing experience.In the MJS: Yi may be starting against the Bulls tonight, and Krystkowiak likes a good sweat on game day.
In the NBA, the element of predetermination is simply too high. Simply stated, the best team wins too often. If the best team always wins, then the sequence of events leading to victory is meaningless. Who fights for the rebound, who sacrifices his body to keep the ball from rolling out of bounds doesn't matter. The greater team is going to come out on top anyway.
A fan can look at the standings in December, pick the teams that will make the playoffs, and might get them all. This has a horrific effect on the game. Everybody knows who's going to win. Why do the players seem to stand around on offense? Why is showboating tolerated? Because it doesn't matter. Why don't teams play as teams? Because they can win without doing so (although teams like these may crumble when they run up against the Pistons or Spurs).
So how should the NBA correct this? Lengthen the shot clock. Shorten the games. Move in the 3-point line. Shorten the playoffs.
If you reduce the number of possessions in a game by giving teams more time to hold the ball, you make it more likely that the underdog can win - for the same reason that Bubba Watson is a lot more likely to beat Tiger Woods at golf over three days than he is over four. It's simple math. The longer the contest lasts, the more certain the better team is to win. If the NBA went back to shorter playoff series - for example from best-of-seven games to best-of-three - an upset in that series would become a much more realistic possibility. A three-game series would make the homecourt advantage much more important, which, in turn, would make the regular season games much more important. The importance of each game is inversely related to the frequency with which the best team wins.
The best of 5 1st round is sorely missed, but a 3 game series? I agree with James that there's room for improvement, but the 24 second shot clock is one of the few things no one watching closely gripes about. That would seem to give an advantage to the already slow paced top of the league as well. A longer shot clock, and the resulting fewer possessions are changes less likely than a shorter playoff series.
Ben Gordon wants a $70 million extension from the Bulls, who are looking to give Gordon no more than Kirk Hinrich money ($47.5 million) and first want to extend Luol Deng, a player they regard more highly than the Mount Vernon product.From the UK:
[Luol Deng] is currently in negotiation with his team, the Chicago Bulls, over a five-year contract worth £30MILLION — working out at a whopping £115,000 a week. (something like $60 million -hscs)Is this stuff to be believed? Probably not, but it's fun to read the speculation, and Gordon definitely deserves a bump ahead of Kirk Hinrich.
"I wouldn't read a lot into who's declared the starter," Skiles said. "Much like P.J., Joe has a nice veteran way about him. We need that while Tyrus is still coming on, but Tyrus is, without question, better than he was. Joakim has unique things he can do. It's a matter of how quickly he'll pick things up. So far, so good. But each guy does something a little different."sbulls9030 quickly responds:
Finishing inside better, taking better care of the ball, and rebounding better are the three areas where the Bulls should and need to improve this season. Replacing the trio of Brown, Allen, and Sweetney with better more athletic players is a clear and often overlooked improvement. I was surprised that John Hollinger didn't get past the low post scoring issue enough to notice the impact of the change in frontcourt personnel. Improvement in these areas will not only help the Bulls finish better than 20th in offensive efficiency, but will help the defense be even better as well. For the 1st time in Skiles's tenure, all of his frontcourt players will have the necessary physical ability to trap and recover in the Bulls' defensive system. That combined with improved defensive rebounding and better offense creates a real opportunity for significant improvement in the league's best defense. There are clear opportunities to increase the team's point differential. By how much will depend on the improvement of the individual players.It wasn't really a response to the quote, but it's pretty clear that the Bulls are better off in the big man department this season. The starting spot may be a point of pride for whoever gets it, but it's not that important as all the options, unlike last season, should suffice. Except Nocioni (and that's not a knock on him, he's better off as a sixth man).
During practice, Noah has a paddle strapped to the outside of his left hand, a device designed by assistant coach Ron Adams and made by team trainer Fred Tedeschi, which the Bulls believe will help fix Noah's less-than-textbook shooting style.
''Coach Adams, we call him the shot doctor,'' Noah said. ''I have a weird release on my jump shot. So he's trying to change my spin. I guess it's just a new method to change it. A lot of coaches have tried different things, but that's definitely the most unique one. We've been working on it all summer.''
TYI's crack team of graphic artists put together a rendering of this device using telepathy, pens, and paper. Halloween is right around the corner.