The Clock Is Ticking

For as long as I can remember I’ve been a life long Bulls fan. Dating back to the Jordan era, and until now. The one thing I hate about this franchise that upsets me the most, is when they are never able to bring in a big time SUPERSTAR through free agency. The best players that they’ve ever brought in are guys like Eddie Robinson (BUM), and Ron Mercer (BUM). They’ve struck out on stars like Grant Hill, and Tracy Mcgrady back in the day. Four years ago the Bulls struck out on Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh the three biggest names in free agency that year. But they settled for guys like Carlos Boozer (BUM), Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer, and CJ Watson. Basically guys that weren’t enough to win a championship aka Utah Jazz 2.0. I’ve always asked myself, “Why doesn’t anyone want to come to Chicago?”

Chicago is the third biggest market in America, and we can’t get anyone to come here. I know most recently the Bulls have fallen on bad luck, thanks to Derrick Rose missing the past two years due to injuries. But it has to be something the front office can do in order to bring in some big names to help this team. Now in 2014 the big talk is about bringing in Carmelo Anthony or Kevin Love. Two names that have been consistently brought up for the past two years. Do I think the Bulls can land one of these guys? NO! I think if we strikeout on Carmelo Anthony, we need to make a trade to acquire Kevin Love. And I don’t think you stop there, after we acquire Kevin Love, I think the Bulls need to make a trade for Aaron Afflalo. The shooting guard position has been our biggest weakness these last couple of years, and I think Afflalo addresses that need for us. But knowing our front office none of this will happen. Our front office sucks! Gar Forman, and John Paxson haven’t done a damn thing since they’ve been in control of this roster. The best thing they’ve done was draft Joakim Noah, and somehow the NBA blessed the Bulls with the number 1 pick back in 2008 so they could draft Derrick Rose. I think it’s time for the Bulls to get a whole new front office. I don’t know how you can’t get any big name stars to come to Chicago, when we all know Chicago sales itself! These guys are obviously doing something wrong, and I think as fans we need to DEMAND drastic changes if the front office can’t land Kevin Love or Carmelo Anthony this summer. We can’t waste the rest of the prime years we have in Noah, Butler, Gibson, and Rose. This summer will show me a lot about where this organization is headed, and I hope all Bulls fans feel the same.

T-Mac Retires

Just a week after Iverson announced his retirement from the NBA, Tracy Mcgrady has followed suit. While appearing on ESPNs First Take this week, Mcgrady announced his retirement. He’ll mostly be remembered as the superstar that should have been. Mcgrady battled many injuries during his 16 year career in the NBA. Mcgrady began his career with the Toronto Raptors when he was selected out of High School with the 9th overall pick in the 1997 draft and teamed up with his cousin Vince Carter to form a nice one two punch, but after the Raptors couldn’t offer T-Mac the max contract he wanted. So they shipped him to Orlando where Mcgrady ended up teaming with Grant Hill. Hill couldn’t stay healthy during his years in Orlando, so it became Mcgradys team. In his first year with the Magic Mcgrady averaged 26.8 ppg. His best year in Orlando came in the 2002-2003 season where he averaged 32.1 ppg. On June 2004 Mcgrady was traded in a seven player trade that included Steve Francis, and Cuttino Mobley going to the Magic, and Mcgrady heading to the Rockets to team up with Yao Ming to form a nice wingman and dominant big man combo. But everything didn’t go as planned as Yao Ming battled injuries which later forced him to retired, and Mcgrady battled injuries as well. After the Rockets Mcgrady went on to play for the Knicks, Pistons, and Hawks. After the Hawks Mcgrady spent part of last year playing in the Chinese Basketball Association. He returned in April to the States and finished his career with the San Antonio Spurs. With the Spurs Mcgrady finally got out of the first rd and reached the finals for the first time in his career. Mcgrady career highlights were when he scored 13 pts in 35 seconds against the San Antonio Spurs which included four consecutive 3pointers made, a steal, and the game winning 3 pointer in the 81-80 Rockets win. T-mac won two NBA scoring titles, was named to the All-NBA team seven times, posted a 30.3 PER in 2002-2003 he’s one of seven modern players to post a 30 plus per, and he lead the Rockets to a 22 game winning streak in the 2007-2008 season. Many people will always say during T-Macs good years he never got his team out of the first rd, but when I think of T-Mac I think of a freak athlete that did amazing things on the court, and his career would have been different if he didn’t battle back and knee injuries. Is T-Mac a Hall Of Famer? I believe so, but we will see what the voters say 5 years from now.