Welcome Kristin to Fuck Yeah NBA. She’s a contributor to NBA Off-Season and works in television for a Chicago network. She also tweets, primarily about her beloved Chicago Bulls.
I’ve asked her to answer some questions about her team as we get ready for Christmas Day, and a whole lot of crappy, rushed basketball (I’m excited even for crappy, rushed NBA basketball). I’ll be running her responses every hour or so today.
If you think you’ve got the skills like Kristin, email me, and we’ll see if you want to write your own team’s season preview (so I don’t have to). But realistically, most of you aren’t going to be as good as Kristin.
Here we go.
The current team under contract for the Bulls lost to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals last year. If the Bulls retain that same team and don’t make any free agent signings or trades, what’s to prevent the same thing from happening?
The simple answer is generally the most obvious, amirite? A decent shooting guard who can take some of the offensive burden away from Derrick Rose. Platitudes aside, Chicago’s lack of one in that series—with credit to Miami for some oppressive defending, Chris Bosh in particular—is the number one reason they fell short. There are other reasons of course, like Joakim Noah’s performance/lack thereof in Game 5; also, I’m not sure Carlos Boozer knew what a basketball was in the Playoffs, much less what to do if he should happen to encounter one. He played in, what, 59 regular season games? Pooh needs help, et cetera.
Thing is, there’s now that whole “Derrick Rose Rule”-business that—coupled with considerable financial obligations to Noah and Boozer—leaves limited options for management. And with the Heat shilling out for Shane Battier, David West joining the Pacers (oh, to be Larry Bird), the myriad scenarios involving Chris Paul and, apparently, David Stern…in order to remain in that top-tier, the Bulls need someone at the 2 who is not named Keith Bogans.
I’m being very negative. This team, for all its faults, won 62 times before the Playoffs, despite learning a brand new defense under a brand new head coach while being relatively untested as a unit themselves. The biggest issue for the immediate future concerns our durability in the postseason. At least we’re not worried about getting there.
That said, though it’s not official as I write, I believe we’re picking up Rip Hamilton. [They did after this was finished, Ed.] So there’s that? Yeah. And what little I’ve heard from the players gives me the sense that they’re excited to have him, which obviously doesn’t hurt.