Thing That Is Still Readily Apparent
I watched the Bulls game last night with my best friend.Â Heâ€™s a basketball fan, but not necessarily a huge NBA fan.Â However, he likes basketball since he is a basketball fan.Â As a basketball fan near Chicago, he likes to watch the Bulls play basketball, so last night we watched the Bulls play basketball.
It couldnâ€™t have been past the halfway point of the first quarter that he declared, â€œif the Bulls would just play Thomas he would be so good.â€Â I concur, obviously.Â We went on to discuss the various talking points when you watch the Bulls: the Aaron Gray conundrum, how good Derrick Rose is, the fact that they often play a line-up of all top 10 picks, how good Derrick Rose is, and how much Vinnie Del Negro looks like one of our friends.Â However, I thought that quote about Tyrus Thomas was most illuminating.
As I eloquently stated above, this fellow is not a huge NBA fan, but heâ€™s a Bulls fan.Â He knows basketball very well and I trust his opinions and observations.Â But if he can see that the Bulls have a potentially big piece on their hands, that theyâ€™re squandering, why canâ€™t Del Negro see it?Â Thatâ€™s probably not fair, because Iâ€™m sure he â€œseesâ€ it, but why jerk around his (and Noahâ€™s) minutes like he does?
The Bulls arenâ€™t playing for a championship this year (or next yearâ€¦), so thereâ€™s no need to constantly be shuffling players in and out of the line-up.Â Last night, he played 37 minutes and had a double-double.Â Sure, he took too many jumpers and had the worst +/- of the night, but thatâ€™s okay for him.Â Heâ€™s a very young player who still needs to develop.Â The Bulls need to ensure that doesnâ€™t happen for another team.Â Why not use this second half as an extended audition for all of their young players, to see what theyâ€™ve really got?
Thing That I Think Hurts Ben Gordon
Ray Allen is very, very good.Â He is a shooting guard who played at the University of Connecticut, and he was a top 5 pick.Â These things also apply to Ben Gordon.
One may logically project Ray Allen on to Ben Gordon, given the similarities.Â But Ben Gordon isnâ€™t Ray Allen, but thatâ€™s too bad; itâ€™d be great if Ben Gordon were more like Ray Allen.
Thing Iâ€™m Pretty Proud About
Circa draft time, I was fairly confident that Brook Lopez wasÂ going to be a real player in the League.Â And now he is.Â Win.
Thing I Feel Confident Predicting
If the San Antonio Spurs do not play Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili during the playoffs, they will not win the championship.