There is a line in here somewhere: Tyrus Thomas got a concussion Friday night in the Bulls preseason tilt against the Pacers.
OK, I’ll play. Maybe now TT will make better decisions on the court. Or there’s this one: Wait — he wasn’t already?
Seriously though, I’m not sure how you view 2009-2010 for the Bulls, but a successful season isn’t likely without Thomas blocking shots, running the floor and making major contributions. Thomas is the whipping boy for a lot of Chicago columnists and bloggers. He was a high first-round pick and those are always over-scrutinized. He has made some awful decisions on the court and is perceived as not getting the most out of his amazing athleticism.
Thomas made vast improvements last season. Considering he played just one season at LSU and is only 23 years old, there is some reason to believe he can continue to make more progress. The Bulls can retain him for the 2010-2011 season by making him a qualifying offer.
So this year is huge for Thomas as soon as he gets past this concussion. Will he still be here for the next great Bulls team? The Bulls will likely snag a big 2010 free agent. Will there even be room for him? Some people want Thomas gone already. I’m still figuring that out. I know he can be absolutely thrilling or maddening each time up the floor. But the Bulls still need him to do well to succeed, or to move him and get something back.