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Old 01-28-2011, 12:38 PM   #1
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Default Sam Smith on Bulls chances to win title & Y Bulls didnt get more when trading Pippen

Sam Smith on Bulls chances to win it all and why the Bulls didn't get more when trading Pippen

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You don't seem to give the Bulls a chance to win a championship this year, a very good team when intact but admittedly not the best in the league. Can you think of an NBA team in recent history that won a championship that wasn't the best team in the league? Does a very good team like the Bulls even have a shot?


Sam: Yes, stuff happens. As Iíve mentioned and we all mostly agree the Bulls have a hole at starting shooting guard. But I think it was 1989 when the Lakers were 11-0 in the playoffs. Then Magic got hurt and they were swept in the Finals by the Pistons. Then there was the supposedly unbeatable Lakers of 2004 with Malone and Payton with Shaq and Kobe and the Pistons took them out in five. The Bulls with another move might have a shot, something that seemed a ridiculous notion a few months ago because the opposition appeared better than it has been. Still, the conventional wisdom suggests any serious contention is a few years out.






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I was recently thinking back to the Bulls' dreadful rebuilding process, and how Jerry Krause nearly traded Scottie Pippen in the summer of 1997 to Boston for the #3 and #6 overall picks in that year's draft (likely would have used them on Tracey McGrady and either Ron Mercer or Chauncey Billups). Of course, Krause kept (an angry) Pippen, the Bulls went on to win Championship #6, and in the following off-season (post-lockout), Krause finally dealt Pippen in a sign-and-trade to Houston for a future 2nd-round pick and Roy Rodgers (almost immediately waived). So my question is: why couldn't Krause get nearly as much value for Pip only one season later? Granted, Pippen had to agree on which team he'd be sent to this time, thus limiting Krause's options, but wouldn't Houston's first-round pick in '99 (a likely mid-to-late 1st rounder, figuring the Rockets would make the playoffs) have been a little more fair? Even better, how about a future unprotected first round pick, much like the Bulls later pulled off with the Knicks and Charlotte? It seems as if the Bulls benefited from this in no way other than to better its reputation, so Scottie wouldn't publicly denounce the franchise


Sam: Yes, you have to give management credit for getting past all the feuds with Pippen. Krause was obsessed with salary cap room then, and, really, it was a pretty good plan, just bad scouting and bad luck. Krause did see ahead and saw that if you had the most money you could get the best player and once you had a star you could build around him. But first the NBA changed the rules in the 1999 lockout and put a ceiling on salaries. Now, the Bulls couldnít overpay for the best and given the turmoil of the end and that it was a rebuilding situation, the top guys opted for better teams at the same money. Thatís why Krause went with plan B, the big kids, which was right as well. The big guys were disappearing from the Eastern Conference, like Ewing, and with two seven footers, a post and perimeter guy, the Bulls could dominate for a decade. But being they were high schoolers, the Bulls misjudged the talent and desire of Eddy Curry and Tyson Chandler, and that is the rest of the story.


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