Now that the playoff series is over and the Celtics fans are done hollering at me, it’s time to look ahead. Over at the Tribune Steve Rosenbloom had some interesting thoughts about BG and the Bulls:
“By my count, Gordon has passed up more $50 million contracts than shots, open or otherwise.
But if the Bulls pay Gordon starter money, then they have to start him. If the Bulls can’t find a sucker for Deng, they’d have to trade Kirk Hinrich because the Bulls don’t want to go near the luxury tax, and that would hurt. Hinrich is one of the few Bulls who understands and executes defense, including the head coach. I’ve come to appreciate Hinrich more the last couple months, perhaps because he wasn’t there earlier in the season, perhaps because he’s the most well-rounded player the Bulls have.”
Agreed on both counts. Since the inception of this blog, I’ve harped on the Bulls defense. Hinrich is one of the few Bulls that indeed gets it. He proved himself invaluable during the regular season and the playoff series against the Celtics. I would love to see him remain a Bull. He acclimated exceptionally to coming off the bench.
With 2 first round picks, the Bulls certainly can find a 2-guard to replace Gordon. No, that player will not be able to make as many amazing shots as Gordon, but he will more than likely be a bigger, better defender.