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Analyst can't see Bulls going .500

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08:10 AM ET 08.03 | Jeff Van Gundy and Tom Thibodeau may have a history together -- Thibodeau was an assistant under Van Gundy with the Knicks and followed Van Gundy to Houston -- but he's keeping his analyst hat on when it comes to his assessment of the Bulls. In an interview with ESPN 1000's "Waddle & Silvy" show, Van Gundy did not have a very optimistic view of the team's chances next season. Mainly citing the teams injuries issues with Derrick Rose, Luol Deng and Rip Hamilton, the former coach said, "Listen, if they win half their games next year and make the playoffs, it's a heck of a year." Earlier in the interview, Van Gundy had foreshadowed his comments by saying, "To lose Rose by itself is going to cost you."

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August 3, 2012  08:13 AM ET

Is this news?

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August 3, 2012  08:30 AM ET
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Sorry, I guess it falls under Truth? Maybe I should ask why this tidbit is more important than speculating on where Dwight is going...

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August 3, 2012  08:51 AM ET

T&R as well as everyone else including Tibs knows JVG is a 100% on this one!

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August 3, 2012  09:18 AM ET

Better To Tank The Season, Bros.

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August 3, 2012  10:57 AM ET
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Analyst are often wrong.

Thats why most of them are FORMER coaches..LOL

August 3, 2012  11:03 AM ET

"Analyst can't see Bulls going .500"

Perfect example of "yellow journalism." Read the thread. That is not what he said.

August 3, 2012  11:43 AM ET

"Look, if they win half their games next year and make the playoffs, it's a heck of a year." ...IF frogs could fly, they wouldn't bump their butts either. The Bulls could be better than .500 or worse than .500. Only God knows what next season holds for the Bulls. I am not sure the Bulls can make the playoffs with a 41-41 record in the Eastern Conference. Maybe, maybe not. Going to be interesting to watch. Good Friday morning everyone.

August 3, 2012  11:57 AM ET
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"Look, if they win half their games next year and make the playoffs, it's a heck of a year." ...IF frogs could fly, they wouldn't bump their butts either. The Bulls could be better than .500 or worse than .500. Only God knows what next season holds for the Bulls. I am not sure the Bulls can make the playoffs with a 41-41 record in the Eastern Conference. Maybe, maybe not. Going to be interesting to watch. Good Friday morning everyone.

Exactly. And it's not like this is some way out there opinion like saying "the Heat won't go .500 next year". It's an analyst giving a wish washy answer on a team that most people aren't expecting to do much. Must be a sloooooooooooooow news day.

August 3, 2012  12:34 PM ET

"In other news, Jeff Van Gundy predicts the Bobcats may struggle this year."

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August 3, 2012  01:06 PM ET
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Only God knows what next season holds for the Bulls.

I doubt God really cares about the Bulls.

August 3, 2012  01:12 PM ET
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I doubt God really cares about the Bulls.

You are probably right...he has wayyyy more important things to be worried about...but this story is playing the "IF" game...so why not? LOL

 
August 3, 2012  01:40 PM ET

Who cares if it's 41, 61, 13, or 82 wins if u dont win the championship. No way this could have been avoided once rose went down.

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