Friday, December 22, 2006


Ron Karkovice Fan Club has an excellent post breaking down the Bulls current success, their improvements since the circus road trip and the difficulties they have against quality defensive ball clubs. I agree with pretty much everything he says, as well as the comments by Hideki Matt Suey.

I think the Bulls top priority should be improving their low-post game. Obvious, I know. Most sports talking heads like to use the term, "go-to guy" when discussing Bulls needs. They usually mean Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, etc. But I don't think they need a franchise player, what they need is a low-post scorer.

The low-post scorer is to basketball, what the running game is in football. What a high O.B.P. lead off man is in baseball. It's about executing your game plan with low risk, high percentage plays.
It sets up everything else.

The Bulls might get this from Sweetney (after he delivers his baby) or perhaps Deng can grow into a reliable post player given some time and commitment from the coaches.
It doesn't have to be Garnett, it could be Zach Randolph.

Well, maybe not Zach Randolph...

ANYWAY, think about it Scott.

8 comments:

Jerious Norwood said...

KG is not a low post presence. That isn't to say that he wouldn't be a righteous addition to the squad, but it would be for other reasons. Its one of the reasons I was praying for the Celtics not to trade Al Jefferson to the Sixers for AI. But I do agree that having a low post presence on offense is the surest route to post season success. By the way, I'm unbelievably jealous that the bulls won whatever lottery you needed to be in to get the chance to rape Isaiah Thomas for not one but two Knick first rounders, one of which is in a draft with three franchise type players. Fuckers. If Gerald Green (athletic freak, with amazing distance on his jumper) and Al Jefferson (already becoming a consistent 20-10 low post stud) become what I think they'll become... I think the C's and Bulls will have a nice rivalry for the next decade.

Quinn said...

SI is predicting Gordon, Thomas, and the Knick #1 for KG....

Jerious Norwood said...

Look, its almost sacrilegious to criticize KG... I know, I know... he's intense, and a competitor... blah, blah. He competes like its game seven in every game, and that great. Problem is, that during the playoffs everybody does, and he doesn't have the type of game that allows him to dominate the style of play during crunch time. Having said that, the Bulls might be a good fit, as long as they have an alpha male to take care of bizness at the end of tight games, while KG does the tidying up. And as a Celtics fan, with a certain fondness for the Woofies (I lived there for many years) I hope the Wolves get Durant or Oden instead of someone in the East. And if that happens, the Bulls will rue the day, that they got stuck with a sympathetic hard worker for a shot at championships.

Phil said...

There might be nothing better for this league then a yearly playoff rivalry between the Celts and Bulls. Perhaps the only regret from the Jordan era Bulls is their lack of real competition from flagship franchises like the C's.

Though I love K.G.'s game, I'm having trouble supporting a trade for him that includes that Knicks pick. I'm not sure K.G. is with the potential of that pick. Tough call for me.

Phil said...

And Jerious, thanks for visiting and commenting. Love you guyses work over at I Dislike Your Favoriute Team.

Jerious Norwood said...

Not at all, this site should be a nice counterpoint to the more nerd centric tenor of I Dislike....

Badcock said...

When is the NBA trade deadline? Perhaps the Bulls would be better off getting a man for the block in the draft.

Phil said...

Badcock - That's what I wanna use that pick for. Greg Oden is tops on the list.