Tag:Tyrus Thomas
Posted on: March 27, 2010 11:23 am
 

WHAT HAPPENED...

As I was watching the Bulls vs. the Heat game (March 25, 2010), watching the Bulls get killed by 29, I started to think what is the difference between this team and the teams from 1998-2004.  The only thing good about this team is the fact that it's not the 2000-01 Bulls team that went 15-67, but there isn't much difference if you really think about it. The team lacks an identity, some thing that sets them apart from every other team in the league. Even teams that loose on a constant basis have some type of identity. At this point those teams are starting to look more like winners then my lowly Bulls.

The Bulls came into the season riding the coattails of one of the best playoff series in NBA history. All the fans had high hopes, you could see the hunger in the eyes of the players, and most important the "fire Vincent "Vinny" Joseph Del Negro" talked died down. But summer came and went, the Bulls lost the best scorer, (since Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan) in Ben Gordon cause they chose to sign Luol Deng (who has yet to live up to the hype) to huge (un-movable) contract not leaving any money on the table for BG. But as Bulls fans we figured every thing would be ok. I mean John Salmons came in and played like a beast in the second half of the season, to be almost considered in the talks for most improved player, and sixth man of the year. Joakim Noah showed up big time, in that playoff series. Tyrus Thomas showed flashes of what he is capable of. Last but not least Derrick Rose, well he just played ball like we all knew he could.

Let's fast forward to off/pre-season. With two first round picks, the Bulls chose James Johnson (who I still think was the biggest draft day mistake ever) over Ty Lawson, Omri Casspi, and even his fellow draft day Bulls teammate Taj Gibson. With once again high hopes for the rookies. The Bulls marched into the pre-season with a swagger bigger then that of any one in the song Swagger Like Us. But injuries hit almost right away, first Derrick Rose goes down in pre-season ball, Brad Miller got hit by an injury as well. They endured and played through made a some what ok pre-season run.

To start the regular season the, injury to Derrick Rose still lingered. The Bulls played strong despite their leader not being 100%. Luol Deng stepped up and started to show why John Paxson signed him to a nice size payday. Tyrus Thomas tried to prove why he should be a starter. Even Kirk Hinrich played good enough to crush the talks of him being upset about being moved to the bench, to the talks of being named six man of the year. Joakim Noah was a whole new man, with more fire and… well he was just ready to play ball. There were still some bumps in the road. John Salmons was not playing up to the hype he gave us in the playoffs. Tyrus Thomas got relaxed it the starters role, did not show that same hunger, went back to his inconsistent ways. Then Kirk Hinrich gets hit with a thumb injury, Tyrus Thomas' mystery broken arm. But hears the kicker they managed and played through staying in the playoff race.

So what happened from the All-Star break, when the Bulls looked as if they could be a possible number 3 to 5 seed in the playoffs, to this? Well simple, the same stories, the story of the season; injuries. On the upside the Bulls had an All-Star in Derrick Rose, but that’s another story for another day. Joakim Noah's injury hit the hardest. I mean he's the emotional leader on this team and he gets shut down for 3-4 weeks, due to plantar fasciitis, the same injury effecting Taj Gibson. The trades of John Salmons, and 2011 and 2012 second-round draft picks to the Milwaukee Bucks for Joe Alexander and Hakim Warrick. Tyrus Thomas traded to the Bobcats for a future first-round draft pick, Ronald (Flip) Murray and Acie Law. Then another hard foul from Dwight Howard to Rose, which he swears was an innocent foul. Come on twice in as many games I don’t think those are "too" innocent. So now rose is out 2 weeks, and the Bulls continue to slide, father and further out of playoff contention.

Time to look toward the future: The Bulls could fall so far that they could get a nice 1st round pick, and get an outstanding rookie. They could sign a wonderful free agent, Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, Joe Johnson, (heck I'll settle for Tracy McGrady at this point). Joakim Noah gets healthy comes back with the same fierceness, and hunger he started this season with. Rose continues to make strides in his game, ready to carry the Bulls back to the promise land. A land that we as older fans hold on to, hoping that the new generation of Bulls fans will get to enjoy soon. Taj Gibson improves on what is a wonderful rookie season for a 1st round 26th pick. James Johnson hits the gym and the summer hard to show why the Bulls picked him over Gibson. Kirk Hinrich finds his jumper and shows why the John Paxson has kept him around for 7 going on 8 years.

Bottom line the Bulls have most of the pieces to become an elite team in this twisted league we love, called the NBA. Yet there are a few missing pieces, a few things that need to be polished. Maybe a replacement or two in the right (head coaching) places. Bring in a top or even middle free agent, and this Bulls team is ready for the next level.

 

GO BULLS!!!

Posted on: January 8, 2010 10:08 am
 

James Johnson

Can some one please tell me why this guy is playing?
I know that you want to play your younger players so they can gain experience, but that is what garbage time is for. Yes I know the Bulls have not had very little to no garbage time this year, but I mean come on.
Johnson has not had any real production in any of his playing time, he has more turnovers then points. When a team is trying to win a game, you go with your best players, not a rookie that is not even ready to play at this level. He really should have stayed in school another year.
When I do get a chance to watch or listen to the games, I cringe every time that he is in the game, and close my eyes when he has the ball, cause I know it will either be a turnover or he'll put up a bad shot.
I'm all for giving younger kids a chance to develop, but it comes to a point when you just have to realize that something or someone is doing more harm then good. Now that I can blame on Vinnie, but at the same time when a player does get a chance to play, you are supposed to make the best of it, so you look good and get more time. By Vinnie putting him in when he does, it does no good for the team or James. It also takes away from the production of other players such as Tyrus Thomas, Taj Gibson, Joakim Noah, and even Brad Miller.
If this team wants to win then the coaching staff is going have to realize when its good to put in an under achiever. You win by playing your best and better players. When the team is up or down by 5 that is no time to put in James Johnson. Once again that is the fault of the coaching staff not necessarily the player. But it is the players fault for not trying harder in the game or practice.
As you may have noticed I am not a big fan of Johnson's, and that’s not his fault. I really do think that his time in close games should be going to some one that can really help this team win (see names above).
If Johnson wants to become an elite player in this league then he needs to put in more time before and after practice. When he gets in the games do some thing that benefits his team instead, of turning the ball over and helping the other team. James has a long way to go before he can be the player that the Bulls want him to be. In the mean time it does not mean that you keep playing him until he gets it (that’s what practice is for).
Now don’t get me wrong I'm not saying that he will not be a good or even great player some time in the NBA. What I am saying is that he is not ready as of yet, and the Bulls are suffering from another draft mistake.

 
 
 
 
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