what are your thoughts, does he make sense or do we really need Kevin Love type addition to this team.We've heard the same tired chorus on repeat.
"The Bulls need stars
This team needs stars
It takes stars, stars, stars, superstars..."
It's a careless line of thinking.
Mostly because it's fundamentally wrong.
Would it be great to have Kevin Durant suit up alongside Derrick Rose?
Sure it would. But let's get our feet back on the ground, shall we? It'd also be pretty great to call/hang out with Gatsby this weekend.
nother common thought: "The Bulls are waiting for the bumper crop of 2014 free agents that could include LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony among others."
Why would Melo leave New York City, again? He risked his public image just to get traded there.
LBJ isn't leaving Miami unless it's for Los Angeles or to zip back to to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers.
Do you make the call in to his agent anyway? Of course, but then you move on to your real plans because these guys aren't playing here.
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Will it be nice to have financial flexibility when 2014 rolls around?
Absolutley. Some nice players are slated to hit the market.
But it's time we scale expectations. This team doesn't need the sexy name. The God-sent "star." We've got one already in Derrick Rose, and one's quite enough, thanks. And what is the rest of the squad, steamed shrimp? The Bulls are also led by a badass coach. The type you need if you're going to win without an embarrassment of talent.
The Bulls are a shooter and a reliable big off the bench away from beating Miami.
That's my opinion, but it's based in substance. The reasons?
1.) The Indiana Pacers-Miami Heat Eastern Conference Finals. You could argue that if it weren't for the bone-headed play of Lance Stephenson, Indy might have already licked, sealed, stamped and delivered this series in five games.
You're telling me the Bulls, a team designed in a similar blueprint--strong inside, great defense--couldn't submit a slightly better performance, given full health?
2.) A reportedly improved Derrick Rose. DERRICK ROSE.
It shows you can win without multiple superstars.
But don't take my word for it. Allow the game's recent past to tell the story.
A team with ZERO superstars--the 2004 Detroit Pistons--beat the LA Lakers--a team with two in-their-prime future Hall-of-Famers (Shaq and Kobe) and the aging-but-still-effective Hall-of-Famers Karl Malone and Gary Payton.
If that isn't proof enough:
The San Antonio Spurs are notorious for winning as a team. They have three titles over the past ten years. In 2003, they won it with only one transcendent star, Tim Duncan. A fresh-faced Tony Parker was nowhere close to stardom on a veteran-laden team with names like Steve Kerr and Bruce Bowen. The great Manu Ginobli also burst on to the scene as a rookie that season, but his contribution was more surprise than stardom. It was a suffocating defensive system and timely scoring lead by General Gregg Popovich, not stars, which won the title.
Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks turned the trick most recently in 2011. They beat these same Heat, with an in-his-prime Dwyane Wade. How'd they do it? Well, they were strong up the middle with Tyson Chandler. One transcendent star in Dirk. Had some hot shooters--Jason Terry and JJ Barea, the veteran leadership of Jason Kidd and a great coach in Rick Carlisle. Sound familiar? (with the exception of the shooters--something the organization needs to address this offseason.)
That means at a bare minimum, 3 out of the last 10 NBA championships were won by teams with one or less superstars. 30%. I'll take those odd if I have to. And that's the minimum, there's a strong case to be made for one of the other two Spurs titles.
Now is it easier to win with stars? Yes, usually, as history also illustrates. But this notion that it can't be done...Totatlly inaccurate.
Besides, the Bulls have one transcendent star (Rose) supplemented by three marginal "stars" in Joakim Noah (a top 5 NBA center) two-time All-Star Luol Deng and the fast-rising Jimmy Butler.
The rest of the team is filled out with nice complimentary pieces like Taj Gibson, Carlos Boozer and Kirk Hinirich (if he can stay healthy next season in a more limited role.)
What the Bulls are sorely missing isn't another superstar; it's a reliable outside shooter. They're missing the John Paxson. The Kerr that will help them spread the floor and give Rose more room to operate.
The fact that Paxson himself now runs the personnel means he's likely already on the case.