The Chicago Bulls choose not to fork over $10,000 to attend Global World Camp. The Global World Camp hosts international players aging from 15 to 23.
ESPN.com reported that 29 of 30 NBA teams gathered to scout international players aging from 15 to 23. 81 players from 38 countries displayed their measurements, scrimmaged, and were interviewed. Can you guess the one team that chose not to attend? The Chicago Bulls organization chose not to fork over $10,000 to attend the camp.
NBA executives reported that the most significant evaluation was of the ‘International Select Team.’ The International Select Team contained potential first round players in 2019 and 2020. Getting a first-person view of the players is a great tool for evaluation. Especially for a rebuilding team that needs all the help that it can get.
Teams don’t want to whiff on the next Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, or even Lauri Markkanen. For a team that just drafted a European stud last season, it surprises a vast majority of fans that Chicago did not invest more in the European system.
This is yet another example of Gar Forman and John Paxson choosing money over talent. The situation is eerily similar to the Jordan Bell situation. The 38th pick was sold for cash considerations of 3.5 million last draft to the Golden State Warriors. Jordan Bell was picked at the spot and is now playing a key role on the Golden State Warriors in the finals.
The demand of the fan should be that the team puts wins before money. Ultimately, fans put the money in the owner’s pockets by buying tickets. Fans only ask for a product that at least is putting all it could on the floor. Paying $10,000 is pocket change for a team worth $2.3 billion. Choosing money over talent is now considered vintage Chicago Bulls. Time to change that.