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post Jul 1 2008, 10:27 AM
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QUOTE (Chicago Bulls Franchise @ Jun 30 2008, 07:30 PM) *
One of Maggete and Brand will be gone next year, I'm thinking its going to be Maggete. For some reason I keep envisioning him on the Miami Heat, I don't know how that'll workout, ha.

I've gotten the impression that Maggete has hated his role on the Clippers for the last few years. He's more opposed to coming off the bench than Ben Gordon it seems, he wanted to be a starter and that wasn't the role they found him most useful for.
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post Jul 1 2008, 10:42 AM
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QUOTE (Balta1701-B @ Jul 1 2008, 09:27 AM) *
I've gotten the impression that Maggete has hated his role on the Clippers for the last few years. He's more opposed to coming off the bench than Ben Gordon it seems, he wanted to be a starter and that wasn't the role they found him most useful for.

I remember a lot of complaining coming from Corey when it came to his consistent use off the bench and to an extent it was valid because Maggette is a damn good player and a much more complete player than Gordon. He isn't a defensive liability and he's not such a streaky player (since he's so good at getting to the free throw line). Lot of talk about Orlando and the MLE for Maggette, which would be a slight pay-cut (made 7M this season) but barring a signing trade or him coming back to the Clippers I can't see anyway he gets more than the MLE (so at that point, its just a matter of picking which team he'd like to play on).

James Posey will likely be in a similar boat, but the Celtics want him back and you can expect teams like the Spurs to give him a call as well.
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post Jul 5 2008, 05:40 PM
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I think this is a solid reminder that Rose is just a 19-year-old rookie who's gonna have his ups and downs this year. Let's make the best of it and not freak out when he has a bad string of games. It's gonna happen.

http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sp...1,6740926.story

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Life may not be rosy for Bulls right away
Rose likely to struggle early, like most NBA rookies


By K.C. Johnson | Tribune reporter
4:58 PM CDT, July 5, 2008


The blur that can be Derrick Rose on the fast break is intoxicating, the images taking root in fans' minds only in the form of no-look passes, greatness and green lights.

The Bulls, on the other hand, are preaching caution, yellow lights rather than red, and warning of speed bumps, maybe even—gasp!—some turnovers ahead.

There's a reason why, save for Elton Brand, none of the Bulls' high-profile NBA draft lottery picks since Michael Jordan left town made major impacts their rookie seasons. Making the jump from college to the NBA, no matter how talented the player, is difficult.

"Early in my rookie season, I had a triple-double against Jason Kidd and the next game, I faced Sam Cassell," said Jay Williams, the second overall pick in 2002. "Shortly after that, I faced Baron Davis and Steve Nash. In between that were tough practices where Jamal [Crawford] and I were going at each other, talking trash, fighting for playing time.

"The league has so much better scouting. When I was playing against Baron, he was telling me while he was guarding me that he was going to force me right because the scouting report said I wasn't as effective going that direction.

"It's a grind making the jump. Young guys don't understand that."

Rare is the rookie like LeBron James—a unique physical specimen—who dominates in his first season.

Heck, even Kobe Bryant averaged 7.6 points on 41.7 percent shooting as a rookie in 1996-97.

Yes, Chris Paul averaged 16.1 points and 7.8 assists while starting 78 games and winning Rookie of the Year honors for Oklahoma City/New Orleans in 2006. But the other point guard to whom people are comparing Rose, Utah's Deron Williams, started 47 games for Utah the same season and posted relatively modest averages of 10.8 points and 4.5 assists.

That's not to say Rose can't be a factor and perhaps even a major one. It is to say doing so would be more the exception than the rule.

"If Derrick takes the ball from Day One and runs with it and leads us, that's great," general manager John Paxson said. "But if it takes time, that's fine too. We understand that."

Rose rarely makes politically incorrect media statements, so the No. 1 pick is saying all the right things about how much he has to learn, listening to coaches and teammates and filling whatever role management thinks best.

Those atwitter about the Bulls holding Rose back also miss this point: As Paxson said, if Rose is the rare rookie to transcend the typical growing pains and steep learning curve inherent in this jump, he will play. A lot.

"Everybody grows at their own rate," Paxson said. "When we drafted Ben [Gordon] and Luol [Deng], they had a little more worldly experience and maturity level and blossomed that first year.

"I got nailed after we drafted Tyrus [Thomas], but I said at that time it's like drafting a high school player and he's going to take some time. And he has taken some time. But we still believe he has a chance to be a real player.

"We're going to approach this as we need to put whatever player we select in the right position to be successful."

The Bulls have watched every second of every game Rose played during his one season at Memphis—likely more than once—as well as games from his high school career at Simeon. Beyond the jaw-dropping speed with the ball and NBA-level athleticism, this stood out: Rose's ability to blossom as he gets more acclimated and comfortable.

Like most point guards, Rose defers to teammates first. So his arc typically follows him becoming more aggressive as the season progresses and he gets more comfortable with his role and teammates.

"Once he got acclimated to that offense and system under coach [John] Calipari and integrated himself to that program, he really blossomed," Paxson said. "We think Derrick possesses a unique skill set that can benefit us for the next 10-15 years."

If all goes to form, those years will be filled with plenty of no-look passes and greatness. Even Rose knows the first year will be an adjustment.

"I still have a lot to learn," he said. "But I'm willing to work hard and I think they realize I can be effective."
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post Jul 5 2008, 08:16 PM
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KC is really starting to annoy me with his last few articles. My god, he acts like we shouldn't expect more than 5 ppg 4 assists per game. He's the #1 pick in the draft, I don't know about you but I expect some pretty damn good things to come for Derrick, and why can't it happen as soon as this season? Someone tell me why? Stop with the crap KC, please..
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post Jul 9 2008, 01:47 PM
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Hoopsworld compliments Noah's summer league play:
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While much of the attention at the Orlando Summer League has been focused on the Michael Beasley / Derrick Rose story, my Pro Training Center colleague David Thorpe and I found ourselves marveling at how many balls Joakim Noah gets his hands on during every possession. On both offense and defense, Noah gets tips, deflections, keeps balls alive and is involved in almost every rebound or loose ball opportunity at both ends.


Nice to see some good things said given how schooled he got against Beasley. We all know about his offensive limitations but as long as you understand those limitations and have an up-tempo system which plays to his skill-set you are talking about a pretty solid player.

The Tribune also reported that the Bulls and Noah are working on him improve his endurance as he often would tire out very early in games.
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post Jul 10 2008, 04:18 PM
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The league also handed Chicago Bulls guard JamesOn Curry a one game suspension. Curry’s suspension comes in the wake of him pleading guilty to misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and public urination stemming from an incident in January.

a wopping 1 game suspension for JamesOff. he probably wont play anyway. the potential is there but there is no way he makes the team.
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post Jul 11 2008, 12:35 PM
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So Curry's first NBA game, he won't be playing laugh.gif
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post Jul 17 2008, 09:53 PM
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Totally random note
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July 25, when Artest is scheduled to join Chicago Bulls forward Joakim Noah and New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson on the ESPN campus in Bristol, Conn., to face the winners of a Wii sweepstakes event.
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post Jul 17 2008, 10:13 PM
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QUOTE (Balta1701-B @ Jul 17 2008, 10:53 PM) *

Yeah, I saw that earlier today... What is that about?
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post Jul 31 2008, 02:50 PM
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http://blogs.chicagosports.chicagotribune....-waive-cur.html

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Bulls waive Curry

K.C. Johnson, 3:30 p.m.

As expected, the Bulls waived 2007 second-round pick JamesOn Curry on Thursday. The guard never played in a regular-season game.

While on a NBA Development League assignment with the Iowa Energy, Curry was arrested and charged with public urination and resisting arrest. He later underwent thumb surgery.

By releasing Curry, the Bulls are only obligated to pay $100,000 of his partially guaranteed salary for next season. Counting Ben Gordon's tender offer, the Bulls currently have 13 players under contract.
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post Jul 31 2008, 09:27 PM
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I love how they always mention his "Public Urination" thingy knowing that every single guy in the world has pissed outside before but not many get caught. I can honestly say I didn't know that you could be charged for such a thing until his incident.
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