A little Summer League perspective

I love the NBA Summer League. It provides the perfect opportunity for rookies (and a handful of non-rookies) to pad their stats so the media and fans can get way too excited about contests that are slightly less meaningful than preseason games. Golden State’s Anthony Randolph “ravaged” the Bulls for 42 points while Chicago rookies James Johnson (21 points) and Taj Gibson (12 points, 14 rebounds) looked mighty impressive.

Reality check: Adam Morrison led the Summer League in scoring before his rookie campaign…after which he went on to average 11.8 PPG on 37 percent shooting and lose his starting job midway through the season. (And he was playing for a 33-win team that wasn’t exactly loaded with talent.) Heck, Adam’s averaging 20+ points in Summer League action right now. What does that tell you?

I’m not saying some of these kids might not turn out to be good. They might even be great someday. But let’s try to keep things in perspective. I will say this, though: I was pretty hyped up about Gibson’s seven offensive rebounds. Hitting the offensive glass is a pretty sure sign that somebody is working their butt off. Let’s hope that’s a continuing trend.

In other news, Scottie Pippen has a message for Bulls management: get better players before Derrick Rose burns out. Said the Pipmeister: “As good as he is, you can beat a dead horse only so much. If he’s not motivated here by winning as his career continues, then he’s going to start looking at guys like Ben Gordon who made a move [to Detroit]. Playing this game is a lot of fun. But the meat-and-potatoes of this league is winning. If you’re not on a team that’s winning, it takes a lot out of you as a player.”

This is only going to be Derrick’s second season, right?

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11 Responses to A little Summer League perspective

  1. docksquad33@gmail.com'
    docksquad33 July 16, 2009 at 2:26 pm #

    go bulls! james johnson is pretty smooth. hope he can turn into a nice, consistent baller.

  2. michael.j.sciortino@gmail.com'
    Mike July 16, 2009 at 3:25 pm #

    It’s spelled Pippen. I guess that’s what I should expect from a Bulls blog written by a Pacers fan.

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    rocky rosado July 16, 2009 at 4:17 pm #

    We need to make pippen GM….I bet you he would pull the trigger to get the big name hear.

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    rocky rosado July 16, 2009 at 4:17 pm #

    here.

  5. bscholtens@hotmail.com'
    Brad S. July 16, 2009 at 4:39 pm #

    “you can beat a dead horse only so much.” …??? Am I missing something here or does that analogy not make any sense at all? You know, I have tried to like Pippen for so long that it feels as though I actually do. But then he shows up and opens his mouth again and I am reminded that he is an increadibly gifted idiot.

    He just keeps ringing in with all these opinions on what the Bulls should do. Has anyone else noticed that no one in the Bulls organization seems to be asking him? It’s not as if he lives here or works with the team. He just shows up periodically and asks to be hired as head coach. …or play GM.

    Scottie, please stay in Florida and leave us our memories of you during the glory years!

  6. davidpaulroosa@yahoo.com'
    AK Dave July 16, 2009 at 5:18 pm #

    Pip was a top-50 guy for sure and one of the most athletically gifted and spirited players ever. I heart Pip. He was, imo, the best ALL-AROUND player, on offense and defense. He really could play all 5 positions, not that he was asked to do so, but other than Magic, who else can say that?

    But my thoughts mirror those of Brad S.- shut your pie hole, Pip. You’re kinda scary when you talk.

    Also: the Bulls went to the playoffs and showed balls. They drafted well this summer. Methinks management hasn’t scared off Rose just yet.

  7. felipeagarcia87@hotmail.com'
    Felipe Garcia July 16, 2009 at 9:54 pm #

    I agree with AK Dave I love Scottie Pippin for what he has done for this organization, in his glory days with MJ, winning 6 championship for Chicago, but I think Pippin should shut-up & stop talking trash. The Bulls GM is doing a good job so far with the moves he is making lately. For example drafting D. Rose, picking B. Miller & J. Salmon, who know maybe sooner or later he is going to get us a Big name like Boozer, Bosh or Wade that can play with D. Rose!!!

  8. Jake July 16, 2009 at 11:52 pm #

    they would have drafted better if they got dejuan blair instead of taj gibson.

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    Brutha Skullz July 17, 2009 at 6:27 pm #

    Don’t sleep on James Johnson….I live in NC and I am a Tarheel but JJ is a true beast…

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    mike July 18, 2009 at 9:45 pm #

    pippen is right he will leave if we dont get some players around him uh hes gone they cant seem to get a trade right or free agents to come here because of what they did to pippen and jordan after winning six championships

  11. MRTEDDY9@AOL.COM'
    TED July 19, 2009 at 3:53 pm #

    OF COURSE PIP IS RIGHT,, HOWEVER THE BULLS HAVE A COUPLE OF GUYS THAT COULD TURN INTO GREAT PLAYERS,, LIKE TYRUS, NOAH COULD BE A GREAT REBOUNDER .. IM STARTING TO GIVE UP ON DENG.. JAMES LOOKS LIKE A STEAL AND I AGREE WITH A PREVIOUS POST ABOUT DEJAUN BLAIR..HOW COULD THE BULLS PASS THIS GUY AT 26 IN THE FIRST ROUND… I REMEMBER WHEN THE BULLS PASSED ON CARLOS BOOZER IN THE SECOND ROUND AND TOOK ROGER MASON INSTEAD…

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