New Bulls GM Gar Forman might not wrap himself in a cloak of paranoid secrecy like Jerry Krause used to before the NBA draft, but he’s certainly mastered the art of answering questions without saying, well, anything at all, really. For instance:
“We may take a point guard if we feel that’s the best player available. We’ve also had talks with teams about moving back. And we’ve had talks with teams where either with one or both of our picks, we move out. I think it’s going to be a very active draft because there are the top five or six guys, and after that, the same guy who goes nine or 10 could go 20 or 21. We’d like a low-post scorer. But when you get that deep, I’m not sure you can pinpoint a specific need and meet it. If we can with somebody we like, then we would address it.”
Too specific for you? Maybe this will help muddy things up: “We’re analyzing this draft by itself. At the same time, we’re still looking at players that maybe we feel don’t get to 16 but are worthwhile for us to move up (to draft). We probably have more options than some teams because we have the two first-round picks. People say this draft isn’t particularly strong. I would disagree with that in this sense: I’m not sure it’s top-heavy. But I do think it’s deep. So we feel optimistic that if we stay at 16, we can get a productive player who can play a role for us.”
Well, those two paragraphs worth of “answers” taught us nothing at all. Not that I’d expect Gar to give up his draft strategy. The NBA draft has a long and storied history of double talk and misdirection. Still, Forman had some positive things to say about Pittsburgh forward DeJuan Blair, who — despite being only 6’6″-ish — averaged 10.7 rebounds in two collegiate seasons. “If you study drafts over the last 15 or 20 years, rebounders rebound. That’s a stat that does translate. So I think he’s going to be a good player in the NBA.”
Just not necessarily good on the Bulls? Who knows. I’m resigned to knowing nothing until draft night. (He’s right about the rebounding thing, though.)
By the way, Luol Deng is working out again. You may remember him. Tall, slender, solid mid-range shooter, used to play small forward for the Bulls. Said Forman: “He’s been [at the Berto Center] working some. He’s starting to run some and get some shots up. So we think that’s progressing well. At this point, [the training staff] is real happy with his progress.”
Deng is trying to avoid surgery. Let’s hope he does.