Thursday, September 27, 2007
In Montevideo This Man Is A God
Well, I am pleasantly surprised by the additions of Esteban Batista and Dahntay Jones to the roster. Like we learned with the Posey deal, it appears Wyc is gonna let it all fly. I know these are both minor signings, but I appreciate them nonetheless, especially Batista, who adds always welcomed size, and should definitely make the final roster. I'm not so sure Jones will, but if I were Jackie Manuel or Brandon Wallace I would certainly be concerned right now. It was good also to see Glenn start talking about potential eccentric lineups, if nothing else it's enjoyable for a laugh. As always Glenn's ideas sound good on paper; I'm sure his three guard offense of Ray Allen, Tony Allen and Eddie House will be enlightening.
Today I feel compelled as well to touch back on John Paxson's Bulls, mainly because I have been getting killed by Bulls fans from across the country. Having cooled down from my (appropriately) irate posting about Eastern adequacy, I realize now that I came down too hard on Paxson. The fact that I hate watching the current Chicago team does not mean Paxson is doing a lousy job. It was grossly unfair for me to lump his work on par with Rod Thorn's the past few years. Paxson does have a vision - it's just a painstakingly slow process to watch it play out. If all the pieces fall correctly (resigning Deng and Gordon, having Noah and Thomas develop nicely, no major injuries) the Bulls might be the favorite for the 2010 championship.
But my point in the post was that in no shape or form does Chicago deserve getting to the Finals yet, just like Cleveland did not deserve to go last year. It is an indictment on the Eastern Conference that Chicago is my tentative favorite. In short, Paxson's vision for the future could pay off immediately, and he doesn't deserve that. My calling for Kobe was rather glib, it would take some kind of crazy dubious trade like this, but nonetheless I think Paxson should go hard after a bona fide star. It's just too hard to win a championship without a top five player. I respect his developmental ideas intellectually, but hate seeing the baby steps year after year.
Posted by Tim Grimes at 11:31 AM