Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The incompetence dodge

Pax and Boylan, continuing to deflect blame for the season's collapse, highlight the team's character issues. Here's Matt.
The organizational message is starting to get re-sent that it's 'character' that wins, and the lack of it has caused this derailment of a season. That may be partly the case, but it's an especially egregious failure in light of the preaching about how they've picked (and perhaps held on to) players based on this nebulous trait, which has turned out to merely mean not getting arrested.

It's the NBA's version of "the incompetence dodge"
Most liberal hawks are willing to admit only that they made a mistake in trusting the president and his team to administer the invasion and occupation competently ... The incompetence critique is, in short, a dodge -- a way for liberal hawks to acknowledge the obviously grim reality of the war without rethinking any of the premises that led them to support it in the first place.
The problem stems from the team's makeup and our two coaches' inability to play the right people. Sure, Hinrich sucked this year, but it was actually our character guys (ie Wallace) who quit on Skiles in the first place. I'd like to see someone with authority take a little responsibility so this shit doesn't happen again.


Blogger T Dizzle said...

Well said. I thought the rest of the season was going to be about finding out what we had. Playing Gooden does not help us find out. He is on his fourth team in five years. I am happy with Noah's development and I hope he emerges as a leader on this team. But what about Tyrus? He was basically the second overall pick in the draft after we traded Aldridge for him!

8:10 AM  
Blogger Hot Shit College Student said...

t -

Unless you stick "sucks" in there, Aldridge and an exclamation mark aren't allowed in the same sentence.

9:46 AM  
Blogger CoachSkiles said...

I agree with the main post.

At this point I'm a little baffled by the firing of Skiles. Yes, he lost control of the team, but if Paxson was willing to trade Wallace and Griff for equal crap and contracts, why not give Skiles the rest of the season to right the ship. At least that sends a consistent message to players.

Even if the Bulls totally suck under Skiles for the rest of the year at least free-agent coaches will know that the Bulls org will stand behind them. What decent coach wants to come into the current situation?

We've got to start talking about Pax deserving to get the ax unless he does some good things this off-season.

12:52 PM  
Blogger T Dizzle said...

Sorry HSCS. I will note it and do so in the future

3:14 PM  
Anonymous bullshooter said...

CS, Skiles asked to be fired. And Hughes is far better than Wallace, although just as much of a log in the jam. But somebody might actually want him to come off of their bench.

4:41 PM  

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