Fresh ink: February 3, 2009

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Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune: “The more interesting and absolutely nonsensical part was Reinsdorf painting this as an ‘organizational failure’’ but absolving John Paxson of responsibility. Excuse me?It’s not the fault of the guy who brought in the players who make Reinsdorf admit he wanted to stand up and boo the way the fans did? It’s not the fault of the guy who brought in the head coach and assistants of whom Reinsdorf has secret and apparently damning thoughts? It’s an organizational failure but it’s not because of the guy running the basketball organization? Good luck connecting those dots.”

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune: “Rose and the Bulls returned to practice Monday, riding a three-game win streak and the good vibes that come with it. Rose showed no ill effects from the minor injury that forced him to remove himself from a game for the first time in his career during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s victory over the Suns. ‘I’m doing fine,’ Rose said. ‘It’s not bothering me.’ Making Monday’s practice even more positive was the fact veteran big man Drew Gooden participated. Gooden has missed the last six games with injuries to his groin and abdomen. ‘If I had to speculate (when Gooden would return) — I don’t know this — I’m hoping for Dallas (on Saturday),’ coach Vinny Del Negro said after practice. ‘He’s feeling better but still not there yet.'”

Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald: “After accomplishing their first three-game winning streak in nearly two years, the Bulls obviously are hoping Saturday’s emphatic victory in Phoenix wasn’t just a desert mirage. Watching the Bulls record 3 decisive road victories in four days served as a timely reminder that this is a team filled with playoff veterans, plus a dynamic rookie point guard. They should be capable of playing better in the second half of the season. … No matter what level of optimism is attached to this winning streak, the Bulls’ next three opponents (Houston, New Orleans and Dallas) are better than the three teams they just beat (Phoenix, Sacramento and the Los Angeles Clippers).”

Brian Hanley of the Chicago Sun-Times: “Defending Yao Ming tonight is also a priority, a job more difficult with Gooden out. Del Negro hopes Aaron Gray, Joakim Noah and Tyrus Thomas are up to the task. ‘They have to continue to make themselves threats, and when they continue to do that, it opens up things for the other guys,’ Del Negro said, specifically of Noah and Thomas. ‘They’ve been putting in a lot of extra work. And their attitude and effort and intensity has been good, so those things are all positives. Maybe they’re just more comfortable with me or the system or what’s expected, or they’re more familiar with things and how we’re going to run and how we’re going to do certain things. They’re picking their spots better. But with young players, it’s always a work in progress. As long as their effort and intensity is there and their mind-set is right, good things will happen.'”

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle: “Tracy McGrady returned from his sprained ankle Monday, went through an entire Rockets practice and, unless something happens before tipoff, will play tonight against the Chicago Bulls. With that, the Rockets will have their rotation in place the way they thought they would last week and hoped to all season. They really believe they’ll keep it that way long enough not only to play at full strength, but to figure out what full strength really means. ‘We’re a long ways from where we can be on both sides of the court,’ coach Rick Adelman said. ‘We got better defensively in the last game, but we have to keep pursuing that.'”

One Response to Fresh ink: February 3, 2009

    Sam February 3, 2009 at 6:42 pm #

    This is for the WEBMASTER. I have a University 10mbps connection, and none of the pictures load. I don’t know how you are hosting images, but it isn’t working from this end. I enjoy the blog, thanks.

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