Fresh ink: February 17, 2009

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Brian Hanley of the Chicago Sun-Times: “The Amare Stoudemire trade talk still has the Bulls among the teams most involved, but a new scenario making the rounds has the Bulls taking part in a three-team deal that would bring Toronto Raptors star Chris Bosh to Chicago. The rumored swap would send Stoudemire to Toronto and land the Phoenix Suns a package of players and draft picks from the Bulls, likely to include Drew Gooden and his expiring $7.2 million contract, Tyrus Thomas and a first-round pick.”

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune: “The high-stakes poker game that is the NBA’s trade deadline is in full swing, with suitors receiving conflicting signals from the Suns regarding Amare Stoudemire and nobody showing their true full hand. Until Thursday’s deadline, of course. By then, the Bulls will have begun the homestretch of the season by playing in Milwaukee on Wednesday. The Scott Skiles-coached Bucks own a two-game edge for the eighth and final playoff spot with 29 games left for the Bulls. Whether the Bulls earn the right to get swept by — er, meet — Boston, Cleveland or Orlando in the first round could hinge on these four factors…”

Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald: “As the Bulls sail into the second leg of the season following the NBA’s all-star break, the public perception of the franchise has bordered on total turmoil. Two weeks ago, chairman Jerry Reinsdorf called the season a ‘disaster’ during a television interview, and a day later he indirectly confirmed unhappiness with the coaching staff as a whole. In the past few days, a rumor spread that general manager John Paxson is about to resign. Multiple Bulls insiders have insisted it’s not true, but news outlets across the Web continue to report it as fact. At the same time, the Bulls have engaged in trade talks, not only regarding Phoenix power forward Amare Stoudemire, but several big men around the league. With no real news emerging on Monday, discussions likely will drag on until Thursday’s trade deadline as teams try to negotiate the best possible deal. The funny thing about the state of the Bulls during the past month, though, is the outlook for the on-court product is not nearly as gloomy as some of the franchise perceptions. In a nutshell, this is a young team working with a new coaching staff, a combination that is bound to produce some growing pains.”

The Agence France-Presse: “Yannick Noah’s languid athleticism and talent propelled him to the French Open tennis title more than two decades ago and good genes and work ethic has meant son Joakim is making his mark in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls. Yannick, the 1983 Roland Garros champion, watched Joakim play at Madison Square Garden, New York, for the first time last month against the Knicks. Last year, Noah junior had a brush with the Florida justice system when he was fined 200 dollars, and given six-months probation for marijuana-possession and other misdemeanours, including having an open container of alcohol, driving with a non-valid licence and not wearing a seat belt. It all came in May, just after he had finished his first season with the Bulls, averaging 6.6 points in 74 games, having been picked by Chicago in the NBA draft in June 2007. Father Yannick saw the episode as a negative to be transformed into a positive.”

2 Responses to Fresh ink: February 17, 2009

    Baddave February 17, 2009 at 1:02 pm #

    Brian Hanley better not be toying with my emotions. This is a totally sweeping comment, but with Bosh on the roster and a little defensive coaching, the Bulls make the playoffs.

  2. CoolJon February 17, 2009 at 10:30 pm #

    Hanley has no idea what he’s talking about, there is no merit to what he is saying and there is little chance amare leaves Phoenix at all. These people have no idea what they’re talking about and myself, a college student on a laptop is more qualified to start trade rumors than Hanley. The suns will fix their cap problem later, in the mean time the playoffs are within their reach and Amare is still the man.

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