With the Bears in dissaray, and it getting colder outside, its got me thinking a lot about the Bulls lately. There has been plenty of talk lately especially locally concerning Kobe Bryant. From what Ive gathered its all a bunch of talk, and if I had my guess it consisted of John Paxson calling, Jerry Buss stating his demands for Kobe, and John Paxson hanging up.
Don't get me wrong, I would love to see Kobe in a Bulls uniform but at what price? Ben Gordon, Luol Deng, and Kirk Heinrich is too much. In my world Deng is going to be a superstar and I believe the Bulls (although it wasn't Paxson) recently made a mistake in dealing a superstar before he fully developed, even though he was still pretty good as a young player, can you say Elton Brand? How good would the Bulls of the last couple of years look like this: Heinrich, Gordon, Deng. Brand, and Wallace? Sounds good to me.
Heinrich and Gordon wouldnt bother me, I think keeping Deng is a must. Saying that how much fun would it be to watch Kobe demand a double team leaving Ben Gordon to run around open and make defenses just eat their lunch?
Any deal I think would have to include 2 of the big 3, a young big (Tyrus Thomas or Joakim Noah) and a draft pick. Is that to much to give up for arguably one of the best players in NBA history who just turned only 29 years old about a month ago?
Lets just say they had to give up Gordon or Deng, Heinrich, Thomas or Noah, and a pick what would this team look like? I think if the Bulls gave up that much they would get another player along with Kobe, possibly a 1 like Derek Fisher? Lets not forget if they can keep Gordon he did a nice job filling in for Heinrich at the 1 when he missed time last season. The team could posibbly look a few different ways: 1- Ben Gordon, 2-Kobe Bryant, 3-Andres Nocioni, 4- Tyrus Thomas, 5- Ben Wallace or 1-Derek Fisher or Chris Duhon, 2- Kobe Bryant, 3-Luol Deng, 4-Joakim Noah, 5- Ben Wallace.
Not bad considering what Cleveland did with one good, sorry, great player last year. The East can still be won (yes, even with Boston trying to become the yankees of the NBA) without the Bulls doing anything. They have a very talented, young core of players here that could develop into a championship team. But the one thing they miss is the go-to guy, the guy who has the ball in his hands when the game is on the line, and we lucky people in Chicago got to watch a guy that was pretty good in that role and I think we may be ready for another. Honestly though I do have faith in Pax and I think he will make a smart decision that wouldn't chance dismantling everything he has put together here.