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Typical Say One Thing Do Another

Saying what the fans want to hear has been increasingly popular lately for coaches/players who are being rumored to leave their current team. They say they would love to return to their current teams and then jet as soon as the opportunity comes. Nick Saban said he wasn’t going anywhere when he was coaching the Miami Dolphins and ended up leaving for the University of Alabama at the end of the season.

The latest example of this is Ben Gordon who said he’d like to return to Chicago. But today he agreed to a 5-year $55 million dollar deal with the division rival, Detroit Pistons. This is only $1 million more per year than the Bulls offered Gordon two years ago. For someone who claimed to have wanted to stay a Bull, $1 million more per year doesn’t seem like that much more for a professional athlete. The deal was agreed upon on the first day of free agency, looks like he gave the Bulls plenty of time to match or better that offer. The Bulls would have been crazy to do so. This is exactly why the draft was such a failure. They had plenty of options to ease losing Gordon to free agency which seemed inevitable when the rumor came out that the Pistons were willing to pay him $11 million per a year.

The Bulls went in the completely wrong direction with the draft. They drafted at a position, small forward which was already manned by John Salmons and Luol Deng. Then drafting a player just like one we already have but he’s older and not half as athletic. At 16 the Bulls could’ve taken any one of the five point guards taken immediately after they picked Johnson. This would allow Hinrich to back up Salmons at the two. Now he’s supposed to back up both spots? At 26 they passed on Wayne Ellington, Toney Douglas and Jermaine Taylor all players who know how to put the ball in the bucket from just about anywhere on the floor.

Can we rescind the trade that sent Thabo Sefolosha for a first round pick please? The once crowded back court is looking quite thin at the moment. The inability to re-sign Gordon means Hinrich is most likely staying put. Guessing what the Bulls do now is almost impossible I just hope the bad decisions this off-season are over. Although letting Gordon walk has been the best one so far. Who would think that letting your leading scorer for the last four seasons walk would be your team’s best decision of the off-season thus far?

-Matt Fox


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