The Bulls 2009-10 Schedulapocalypse

The NBA has officially released its 2009-10 schedule…and it looks pretty grim for the Bulls.

They open the season on October 29 at home against what should be a much-improved San Antonio Spurs team. The next day they travel to Boston for a tea party with their old friends the Celtics. Only unlike last season’s first round playoff matchup, the Celtics will (probably) have a healthy Kevin Garnett as well as newcomer Rasheed Wallace. A few games later they get to play against LeBron, Shaq and the rest of the Cavaliers in Cleveland.

How’s that for a welcome back?

Here are some more month-by-month highlights:

As mentioned, versus San Antonio (nationally televised on TNT) and at Boston (on ESPN). Two games against championship contenders right off the bat. And the Celtics could be looking for a little payback for how the Bulls brashly challenged them in the first round of last year’s playoffs.

The Bulls play nine of their 13 games on the road, including the final six in a row due to their annual circus trip. Five of those six are on the West Coast versus the Kings, Lakers, Nuggets, Blazers and Jazz.

If you combine October and November, the Bulls play 10 of their first 15 games on the road and face 10 playoff teams (Spurs, Celtics, Heat, Cavaliers, Sixers, Lakers, Blazers, Jazz and the Nuggets twice). It wouldn’t be shocking for the Bulls to enter December with a sub-.500 record. Again.

The Bulls will appear on TNT three times (at Cleveland on the 5th, at the Lakers on the 19th and at Utah on the 26th). They will also be televised on NBA TV on the 23rd (at Portland).

The Bulls only have four road games this month (at Cleveland, Atlanta, New York and Detroit), but eight of their 15 games are against playoff teams (Cavs, Celtics, Lakers, Hornets and twice each against the Pistons and Hawks).

Ben Gordon will make his first return to the United Center on December 2nd. The Bulls will face him again in Detroit on New Year’s Eve.

The Bulls have a six-game home stand that features some “should wins” (versus Golden State, New York and Sacramento) and a couple “might not wins” (against the Celtics, Lakers and Hawks).

ESPN is showing their game against the Cavs in Cleveland on the 4th and NBA TV is televising their home game versus the Celtics on the 12th.

Uh oh…another 10 of 15 games on the road, including a seven-game Western Conference road trip to finish up the month (at Golden State, the L.A. Clippers, Phoenix, Houston, San Antonio, Oklahoma City and New Orleans).

Only six of those games are against playoff teams (the Magic, Pistons, Celtics, Rockets, Spurs and Hornets), but a couple of the teams they face might make a playoff push this season (the Wizards and Suns).

The Bulls absolutely must take advantage of several games against inferior opposition (Bobcats, Bucks, Timberwolves, Warriors, Clippers and the Thunder twice) if they’re going to survive this stretch.

TNT is showing their game at Boston on the 14th, ESPN is showing them play in Phoenix on the 22nd and NBA TV is showing their game against the Rockets in Houston on the 23rd.

Seven games at home and seven games on the road. Some playoff opponents (Philly, Atlanta, Miami, Orlando, Portland) and some non-playoff teams (Clippers, Timberwolves, Wizards, and the Pacers and Knicks twice each). All in all, probably the easiest month of the season to date. The bad news: it’s already February.

The Bulls will be televised once on ESPN (at Atlanta on the 5th) and twice on NBA TV (versus Miami on the 6th and at Washington on the 22nd).

The Bulls play nine games at home (versus the Hawks, Grizzlies, Mavericks, Jazz, Cavaliers, Rockets, Heat, Nets and Suns) and six on the road (at Orlando, Miami, Memphis, Dallas, Philadelphia and Detroit). In case you’re keeping track at home, that’s 11 games (out of 15) against playoff teams. Still, it’ll be nice to have two games against the Grizzlies.

The Bulls will make two appearances on TNT this month: at Orlando on the 11th and versus Miami on the 25th.

The Bulls finish the season with four home games (versus the Bobcats, Bucks, Cavaliers and Celtics) and four roadies (at Washington, New Jersey, Toronto and Charlotte). Two of those games — versus the Cavs on the 8th and the Celtics on the 13th — will be televised on TNT.

The schedule is front-loaded with a lot of road games, particularly in November and January. I wouldn’t be surprised if the team was struggling to stay above .500 come February. As always seems to be the case with the Bulls, the first half of the season is going to be a record killer and they might have to spend the second half playing catchup. Let’s hope that the return of Luol Deng, the free agent signing of Jannero Pargo and the addition of the rookies can give the team the depth and talent they need to make the playoffs again despite the early-season challenges.


42 Responses to The Bulls 2009-10 Schedulapocalypse

    andres Lopez August 5, 2009 at 1:12 am #

    Just like we mention before to the Bulls GM’s, if things don’t start looking good for the Bulls in their opening season, lets make some changes right away before it is to late: with Ty Thomas & maybe L. Deng if he is not playing well. Only time will tell, But I think the bulls will be fine with the roster they have right now. GO BULLS!!!

    plonden August 5, 2009 at 2:30 am #

    Matt, What are you expecting out of Joakim Noah next season? Reports seem to be really positive about his work ethic and drive to improve this off season. I am trying to determine where to target this guy in fantasy drafts. Also, you have any projections for next season?

    His per-36 minute stats from last season were nice, and I think may be a nice base line for next year:

    10.0 points, 11.3 rebounds (4.5 offensive!), 2.0 assists, 0.9 steals, 2.0 blocks on .556 FG% and .676 FT% (also only 1.5 turnovers).

    Is he a 12/12 guy next season with 2 blocks and a steal?

    Danny August 5, 2009 at 2:44 am #

    I think the Bulls should get Boozer and Wade this year or next year

    Reggie McGlory August 5, 2009 at 3:43 pm #

    talk about the deck being stacked geez the opening till the end of dec looks like the bulls will either be the worst team in basketball by record or the best team in basketball by there record and there talent only time will tell but the NBA sure did not show them any love they have a tough scheduale ahead of them at the start so I hope that deng is and plays what the bulls paid him he is a big salery guy so either he excels or he is expelled meaning trade him soon as you can and take what you can get but leave room for some more moves this year,so that the bulls can have a good year peace hollar back

    blake d August 5, 2009 at 5:21 pm #

    “Let’s hope that … the free agent signing of Jannero Pargo … can give the team the depth and talent”

    Let’s not look much further than the return of Deng for the “talent”.

    felipe garcia August 5, 2009 at 7:14 pm #

    Agree, lets all hope that the Bulls can at least start all of their home games strong with a lot of W’s then L’s and with their road game even a piece with other teams lol. If not, let make sum trade moves before it is to late! Hint: Ty Thomas and maybe L. Deng!

    Roy August 6, 2009 at 7:43 pm #

    If the Bulls keep this team I guarantee a horrible start and then a slight improvement but in the end they miss the playoffs. They need to get rid of Kirk’s bloated contract the most. I have serious doubts we will be able to get a free agent that the league covets. Also, I think Wade is going to use Chicago to get a better contract. Most likely he will never play for Chicago with only one player(Rose). Chicago is a hole with glorified hicks in the middle of the country.

    mike killer August 7, 2009 at 5:25 am #

    You said it best garcia, Let just hope that the Bulls can get a lot of wins this new coming season. Lets also hope that D-rose can shift that next gear and become an All-Star player, with Hinrich, Salmons & Pargo stepping up their game to the next level now that BG is gone. As for the Bulls 2 new rookies, lets just hope that they can be good role bench players. As for Deng, lets just hope that he can stay healthy throughout the season and play at that high level he had in 06-07. As for Ty Thomas & Noah, lets just hope that they have 1 of their better years this coming season. And as for Miller, I am not worried about him that much, since I know he can play. GO BULLS!!!

    felipe garcia August 8, 2009 at 12:36 am #

    I don’t know about that Roy, lets just wait and see how they start playing with BG if they are an improve defensive team or not. Most likely, the Bulls will be a playoff team again this year with the roster they have right now of good defenders and good scorers. The Bulls have the same chances that: Miami, Washington, Atlanta, Detroit, Toronto & Philadelphia of making it into the playoffs. Go BULLS!!!

    felipe garcia August 8, 2009 at 12:37 am #


    andres Lopez August 8, 2009 at 12:41 am #

    Yah, let just wait and see people if the Bulls start out strong and finish strong! Which mostly they will. Remember the east is still not that strong yet. GO BULLS

    EAM August 8, 2009 at 1:52 pm #

    Since when has making the playoffs been a goal that we hope for? I guess that’s all we can hope for when the general manager and owner don’t make efforts to make the team better. This off season has been interesting. The power house teams have gotten stronger and the rest of the league (including the bulls) have let this off season pass them bye in hopes of landing big names in next years free agency market. The return of Luo Deng? Are you being serious? I guess Deng is our savior, with his 15 point career average. This is Deng’s 6th year in the NBA. I don’t see him improving to anything more than a second or third option (even on a good team). That’s all he’s shown me. This season Deng will probably score what Ben Gordon was averaging last year. Which will be a career high for him. Saddly this all seems like a joke. Jannero Pargo? Rookies? All this is suppose to make us better than last year? Above 500? I just don’t see it. The bulls could’ve done so much this off season but they disappoint once again. I guess I should’ve seen it when they wasted their draft picks on 2 big men when they still have 2 big guys developing. Overall this up coming season is going to be awful and I feel sorry for bulls fans who think that we will be anything more than a 500 team. Let’s hope that we can finish the season with a lottery pick.

    andres Lopez August 8, 2009 at 8:54 pm #

    Hah, r u kidding me EAM??? 1st of all the east like we mention b4 is still not that strong yet! The only top playoff teams in the east this year that are going to make it are the: Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic & maybe the Toronto Raptors & Atlanta Hawks if their healthy. Other then that, the Bulls have the same chances of getting into the playoffs this year, just like the rest of the other teams in the east like: Philadelphia, Detroit, Miami & Washington. It all depends on how D-Rose, L. Deng, Ty Thomas, J. Johnson, T. Gibson and rest of the team of how they play together.

    mike killer August 8, 2009 at 9:14 pm #

    I agree with Lopez comment, I think the Bulls will be a playoff team again this year because they will be a much better improve defense team then last year. I agree with everybody that losing BG will hurt us in the long run, but not that much b-cuz of Salmon being a bigger guard, scorer and defender along with Hinrich & Pargo that have a lot of experience under pressure. Remember most teams that made it last year into the playoffs had either both a good offense or defensive team and the Bulls have now a lil bit of both in them if they stay healthy throughout the season of course. Basically the Bulls have a really good chance of making it into the playoffs this year! just watch and wait. But I strongly agree that they are not a championship team this year, which is the main focuses for every team. So lets make sum changes soon Bulls GM b4 it is to late!!!

    EAM August 9, 2009 at 6:18 pm #

    As much as I would love to be happy with just reaching the playoffs, honestly I really wouldn’t be. Even if the bulls did make the playoffs they would be a number 8 at best and wouldn’t make it past the first round. The teams that made it to the playoffs last year will make it again this year minus the bulls. The Magic, Cav’s, Celtic, and the Pistons will have a stronger roster than they had last year. Philly, Atlanta, Toronto, and Miami are all better than the Bulls. Not to mention that the Wizards have Gilbert Arenas back healthy. So if the bulls got worse then last season and everybody else either improved or remained in tact; how are the bulls going to make the playoffs? Deng? No. Salmons? No, as much as I like Salmons, he doesn’t handle the ball that well and a Rose and Salmons backcourt won’t be as effective as Rose and Gordon were. Pargo? Everybody that mentions Pargo as an improvement to the team must not really know anything about the bulls or basketball. Being optimistic is great but you need to be realistic. Deng will not be the leader we need him to be. Last year when Deng was healthy; he struggled and was out played by Gordon and Rose. The truth is the bulls could have done so much more in the off season. In the draft they could have strengthened their bench. They could’ve made a trade or two to get some needed help and they should’ve resigned Gordon. The truth of the matter is that the bulls did none of these things. They made no attempts to better the team this year. I guess we’ll just spend 20 mill per superstar next off season. That makes sense. The off season for the bulls was confusing and frustrating as a fan. After the playoffs I had hopes that the bulls would become a better team in the off season. Maybe a contendor. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see what this up coming season holds for the bulls just don’t be suprised when we don’t do much of anything because I won’t.

    PatG ThaLord August 9, 2009 at 11:31 pm #

    EAM your an idiot… fist of all the only teams in the east that made themselves beter were the celtics, magic and possibly the cavs, but with all that being said the celtics have one of if not the oldest rosters in the league(expect an injury or 2 or 3 forsure), also u must be high if u think not resigning gordon was a bad move. It would have been a bad move if he wasn’t damanding way more money thans hes worth. The hole he left with the absense of his score is not as big as many would like to think… actually its about as big as the hole that he was on defense. his scoring will made up for actally quite easily expect luol to avg 14-17 pargo 6-9 thats is output already and expect us to have much improved team defense… no baring a trade deadline miricle we will not be title contenders, but we are definately a playoff team, and depending on the match up possible a second round playoff team but thats about it… thing are looking bright ahead for this young bulls team

  17. Anon August 10, 2009 at 7:03 am #

    EAM i dont think we will be a worse team then last year.All we really lost was BG.Rose and salmons will be better in the backcourt because BG is much worse at handleing the ball, probably one of the worst gaurds when it comes to ball control in the league.Salmons and Rose will move the ball a lot better,and Salmons is easily a better defender then BG.When Salmons plays SG his numbers are much better too look at his stats before the bulls.Having a bigger team with Deng back cant hurt,but it probably wont help much.Also Rose and Noah will be better and more consistent,so we probably will be a little better then last year.Also,last year was vinnys first year as head coach so naturally he should manage games better too.

  18. Anonn August 10, 2009 at 7:13 am #

    And i was talking about salmons before the trade not previous years.he scored more and had more assist with sacramento at SG.

    andres Lopez August 10, 2009 at 8:19 pm #

    Like I said b4 ‘EAM’ are you kidding me again??? the Bulls are a playoff team again this year, but not a championship team with the roster they have 4 now (I just know it!) 1st of all, the Bulls are also getting back L. Deng at 100% soon just like the Wizards are getting back Gilbert Arenas healthy like you mention. Did you even remember what Deng did in 06-07 when he was at 100%? Here, let me refresh your memory. He was AVERAGING about 19 pts per game, with 7 rebs, 1.2 steals and shooting at 51% from the field. And in the playoffs his # when up even more averaging about 22 pts per game, 9 rebs, 1.1 steals, and shooting at 52% from the the field. (Your right, that is sum shitty #’s and he is old and develop at the age of 24 year old lol) But I do agree, that was the past just like last years playoff. Who knows how Deng will perform this year, hopeful he will average about 18-20 pts per games replacing BG #’s being at 100% of course. And you want to talk about Salmon? don’t even get me started on him b-cuz he is a hell of a player & a better player then BG on both ends on the floor, being a hard worker, unselfish & taking smart % shoots unlike BG at most times. Sure BG was a great player and scorer for the Bulls, but y in the world would you even thing about resigning him to a long term-deal this year with big money? he is only a good scorer not a great defender!!! Sure he was averaging about 22 pts per game in the playoffs, but he also gave lots of open shot to Ray Allen, Rondo & Paul. If the Bulls want to become a championship team soon they can’t have that many mistakes on the defensive end. That is y the Bulls best option is to wait until next year or during the deal deadline for a better star player to replace BG presents like Bosh or Wade if they are available. But it is no big deal, if they can not get them b-cuz their will be a lot of free-agent star players availiable for 2010! And you want to talk about Pargo being garbage? Did you even remember how he played in New Orleans as a back-up PG to CP3? Well, he was a hell of a key bench played during the season & playoffs. (hitting big shots: with decent #’s, big steals: as a good defender and pasting the ball to his teammates for open shots.) o0o and I forgot to mention this but, when Pargo was a former Bulls back in 03-05 he was averaging about the same good #’s he had in New Orleans during the season & playoffs as a Bull playing 14 minutes only. And what are you talking about that the Bulls could have strengthened their bench with better draft picks? Well lets see, the bulls did draft two young big men: with versatility, that can score and play good defense. Wait, isn’t that what the Bull were missing last year? (Key word: better DEFENSIVE players) Anyways I will let you connect the dots lol. Let just wait and see if your right buddy. I know I was not that disappointed last year when the Bulls drafted D-Rose and picked-up Brad Miller and John Salmon. GO BULLS!!!

    andres Lopez August 10, 2009 at 9:20 pm #

    o0o and by the way ‘EAM’ not to be picking on you, But you said that: ‘The Magic, Cav’s, Celtic, and the PISTONS??? will have a stronger roster than they had last year. Philly, Atlanta, Toronto, and Miami are all better than the Bulls’??? R u kidding me again??? I do agree that the: Magic, Cav’s, Celtic & maybe Toronto, Atlanta & the Wizards if they are healthy of course, are a playoff team. But the Pistons??? I don’t know about that 1 or Philly? & Miami??? Detroit is still rebuilding, we don’t know yet, that adding all these young offensive players was a good move or the answer they needed. They will be an improve offensive team this year but, their defense will suck badly now that they lost: A.I, Billups, R. Wallace, McDyess and sum other defensive key players. They are going to become teams like: Golden State & NY. Scoring a lot of points but giving-up a lot of points as well. And teams like that don’t make it into the playoffs. Look at NY & Golden State last year, did they make the playoffs? NO! And Philly, just lost 1 of their key players this year Andre Miller. He was a great PG player and a leader that helped Philly get into the playoffs last year. They still have E. Brand, but we won’t know yet like L. Deng if he can play at that high level of perform, he as Clippers b4. Philly also has a lot of young players that are still developing & projects players. Miami in the other hand did nothing at all to improve their team, but lost moon to the Cav’s. They added sum low draft pick players that are only going to become project players. They couldn’t even add a free-agent player like Odom from the Lakers and get Boozer or A.I! ‘EMA’ tell me what improvements did Miami make??? lol I will tell you….. nothing! and Bulls are the ones that are going to suck really bad this year??? lol At least the Bulls added Pargo & two high draft picks, but they did lose BG which was no big deal b-cuz now they have D-Rose, that is going to play at a higher level you’ll see.

    felipe garcia August 10, 2009 at 9:26 pm #

    DAMN!!! ‘EMA’ you want sum ice for that sick burn lol jk. Let’s just wait and see you guys, how the Bulls will play this year. GO BULLS!

    mike killer August 10, 2009 at 11:49 pm #

    As a true Bulls fan like myself, it’s not that we are being to optimistic about the Bulls making it into the playoffs this year. It is what we see on paper with the Bulls team roster of them having the same chances like Orlando, Cleveland, Boston, Toronto, Atlanta, Washington & mayabe Philly. Believe it or not the Bulls still have a strong team roster of talented players that can get them into the playoffs again this year when their healthy and everybody is doing their part. The big question is if the Bulls can move up to the second round of the playoffs this year? (like they did in 06-07) We all know so far that they are not even close of becoming a championship team yet. But if they can make sum moves during the deadline adding sum like Bosh, Lee or Boozer, I think that they will be a much improve team then before, to move up into the second round at least if they don’t face: Boston, Orlando or the Cav’s. GO BULLS!

    mike killer August 10, 2009 at 11:54 pm #

    And let just hope for next year in 2010 that the Bulls can bring sum big super star names out their like: Wade & Bosh to Chicago so they can have the same chances of winning a 7 championship title!

    felipe garcia August 11, 2009 at 12:24 am #

    Yup, Just like everybody is saying that they think that these teams in the east have a really good chance of getting the 4-8 spot in the playoffs this year: Toronto, Atlanta, Washington, Philly, Detroit & Miami? So do the Bulls they also have a really good chance of ending up with 1 of those spots, if their key players can stay healthy, develop them selfs and everybody is doing their part as a team.

    EAM August 11, 2009 at 4:11 pm #

    Ok guys, I like your comments but let’s get back to reality. We could all go back and forth and call each other stupid but I’m not 5 so I’ll just show the stats of a few bulls so you can see who did what…

    Deng: 27.3min, 11.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.2apg, .79spg, 434fg%, 265 3pt%
    Gordon: 24.4min, 15.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 2apg, .65spg, 411fg%, 405 3pt%
    Hinrich: 36.4min, 15.7ppg, 3.9rpg, 6.4apg, 1.58spg, 397fg%, 355 3pt%
    Salmons(w/Philly): 17.1min, 4.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 2apg, .7spg, 405fg%, 341 3pt%

    Deng: 33.4min, 14.3ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.9apg, .92spg, 463fg%, 269 3pt%
    Gordon: 31min, 16.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 3apg, .94spg, 422fg%, 435 3pt%
    Hinrich: 36.5min, 15.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 6.3apg, 1.16spg, 418fg%, 370 3pt%
    Salmons(w/Philly) 25.1min, 7.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.7apg, .9spg, 420fg%, 299 3pt%

    Post Season 05-06
    Deng: 30min, 10ppg, 4.8rpg, .5apg, .83spg, 429fg%, 200 3pt%
    Gordon: 40.8min, 21ppg, 3.3rpg, 3apg, 1spg, 406fg%, 366 3pt%
    Hirich: 39min, 20.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 7.7apg, 1.33spg, 415fg%, 346 3pt%

    Deng: 37.5min, 18.8ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.5apg, 1,18spg, 517fg%, 143 3pt%
    Gordon: 33min, 21.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.6apg, .78spg, 455fg%, 413 3pt%
    Hinrich: 35.5min, 16.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 6.3apg, 1.25spg, 448fg%, 415 3pt%
    Salmons (w/Sac) 27min, 8.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.2apg, .9spg, 456fg%, 357 3pt%

    Post Season 06-07
    Deng: 41min, 22.2ppg, 8.7rpg, 2.4apg, 1spg, 524fg%, 0 3pt%
    Gordon: 39.5min, 20.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.8apg, .9spg, 415fg%, 436 3pt%
    Hinrich: 36.2min, 12.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 7.5apg, .9spg, 376fg%, 302 3pt%

    Deng: 33.8min, 17ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.5apg, .9spg, 479fg%, 364 3pt%
    Gordon: 31.8min, 18.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 3apg, .76spg, 434fg%, 410 3pt%
    Hinrich: 31.7min, 11.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 6apg, 1.16spg, 414fg%, 350 3pt%
    Salmons (w/Sac) 33.1min, 12.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.1spg, 477fg%, 325 3pt%

    Deng: 34min, 14.1ppg, 6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.22spg, 448fg%, 400 3pt%
    Gordon: 36.6min, 20.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.4apg, .87spg, 455fg%, 410 3pt%
    Rose: 37min, 16.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 6.3apg, .81spg, 475fg%, 222 3pt%
    Salmons: 37.7min, 18.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 2apg, .96spg, 473fg%, 415 3pt%

    Post Season 08-09
    Gordon: 43.4min, 24.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 3apg, .43spg, 388fg%, 370 3pt%
    Rose: 44.7min, 19.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 6.4apg, .57spg, 492fg%, 0 3pt%
    Salmon: 44.7min, 18.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.3apg, 1.29spg, 402fg%, 316 3pt%

    So let me tell you what the stats and games tell me…I see that Hinrich was a beast from 04-07. Deng is a well rounded player; 2nd or 3rd option at best. He had a good year in 06-07 and a better post season but fell off. Last season he got hurt but he did play and when he did he wasn’t that good. Gordon was consistant and reliable. Good offense and not so great defense. Last season was Salmons’ “break out” year and he’s been in the league since 02. I like Salmons alot but who did the Kings really have to go to? I didn’t even put Pargo’s stats up there cause Duhon had better stats. If you go second to Duhon then your not a real contributor. When we lost Gordon, we lost more than a scorer; we lost a leader and someone who wanted to win. I’ve been watching Gordon since he was at UCONN so I know what type of player he is. He could’ve given the bulls minimum effort in his final year but he didn’t. Along with Rose he carried the team once again. In the playoffs it was Rose in game one, and then Gordon and Noah in the rest of the series. Salmons contributed quietly. Gordon took the big shots and won games for us. He made us cheer for the bulls and gave us hope once again. So for all of you who think that losing Gordon was nothing and that Deng is the answer…tell me who is going to be as fearless and dependable with the game on the line? Maybe Rose, but that’s alot of pressure to put on a young point guard; especially when you have nobody else to go to. Like I said before; the bulls will struggle to be a 500 club but they’ll miss the playoffs. If they do make the playoffs, it’ll be because of Rose. So to everybody who thinks I’m wrong, keep doubting but don’t get upset when we don’t make the playoffs…just remember what I wrote.

    andres Lopez August 11, 2009 at 9:48 pm #

    Don’t make me laugh ‘EAM’ all those stats u mention, didn’t even come close of answering any of my questions I had for u about the Bulls recent players. All those stats show us are pretty good decent #’s of talented young players with a lot of potential years in them. But that was the past, like I said b4. U and I don’t even have a clue how the Bulls will play this year, so don’t start saying that the bulls don’t have a chance in hell to get into the playoffs this year! If u r a true Bulls fan like u say u r. You would have realized that BG was not always the key answer to the Bulls needed of getting into the playoffs every year or trying to win a championship at least. I also love and enjoyed watching BG play but I realized that he was not going to help the Bulls push them to the next level. BG reminded me of a player like Jamal Crawford. A great scorer but a bad defender. Tell me this smart guy, what happen to BG #’s back in 07-08 when everybody thought the bulls had a chance of winning a title for the 1st time and at the end they didn’t even come close of getting into the playoff a least that year! We all know Deng was not at 100% healthy, but what about BG? he was healthy throughout that season right? If he is such a great player like you say he was, he could have carried the Bulls on this back to get them into the playoffs again in 07-08. Just like D-Wade did last year and we all know the only reason y Miami had a decent record and made the playoffs was b-cuz of ‘D-Wade’ right? Tell me this, if you know anything about basketball like u say u do. Who would u rather have on your team Gordan or Wade??? Like I keep telling you ‘EAM’ the east is still not that strong yet! The spots from the 4th-8th seeded are unsirtent, any teams like: Toronto, Atlanta, the Wizards, Philly, Detroit & the Bulls have a chance of ending up with 1 of those spots, so stop being so negative about this team. That is y the Bulls are hoping that D-Wade will come back to his home-town in 2010. I don’t know if u heard but, D-Wade did not sign a long-term extension contract with Miami this year. So that means he will become a Free-agent in 2010 and he has been talking already to Chicago about him coming back home. If Miami does not get him a good player soon this year, Wade will leave. And so far Miami has done nothing to impress Wade of staying and sign a long-term deal. So don’t be shock if the Bulls make the playoffs again b-cuz I know I won’t…. just remember what I wrote!

    andres Lopez August 11, 2009 at 10:07 pm #

    And I don’t know if you have been playing any attention recently this summer about the Bulls ‘EAM’. D-Rose has been improving a lot on his jump shot and getting stronger, with Noah as well working harder & getting strong, Ty Thomas is also working on this jump shot and putting on more weight & Deng is still recovering at getting back at 100% soon. Salmon is also getting back healthy this year with no more pain on his back. Along with the 2 rookies improving their game during their last meeting games in Los Vegas. Like I said b4, believe it r not! This Bulls team is going to become much better & improve from last yea season on both ends of the floor (especially on defense.)

    felipe garcia August 11, 2009 at 10:21 pm #

    Yup, we all know that teams that can do both play sum decent defense & play sum offense make the playoffs every year. And so far with the Bulls roster they have a group of talented young men that can do both. Unlike last year, when they were all about playing offense only and less defense. I don’t know about you ‘EAM’ but i c a bulls team with a lot of potential of making the playoffs again, especially if their key players can stay healthy throughout the season they will be a unrated good team.

    mike killer August 11, 2009 at 11:18 pm #

    Sori ‘EMA’ ‘Lopez’ is right. As much as u think Ben Gordan was the best player on the Bulls roster from 04-09 he was not that great. Sure, he was the leading scorer for the Bulls in most of those years. but, he was not the only 1 to carry the Bulls into the playoffs with a decent record from: 04-09. You want to talk about stats back then? Here, let me add on to what Lopez was trying 2 tell u. In 04-05 it was not only Gordan that helped the bulls get into the playoffs, it was also Hinrich that put up dencent #’s along with: Curry, Deng, Nocioni, Chandler, ‘PARGO’ & Duhon. In 05-06 it was also the same players like: Hinrich, Deng, Nocioni, Chandler, ‘PARGO’ & Duhon that put up dencent #’s including: Songaila, Sweetney & Allen. In 06-07 it was also: Hinrich, Deng, Nocioni, Duhon, Ty Thomas, Sefolosha, P.J. Brown & Ben Wallace when he was played good lol put up dencent #’s along with Gordan #’s. And to finish it off, last years season it was not only Gordan that put the Bulls into the playoffs it was also: Rose, Noah, Ty Thomas & especially Hinrich, Salmon & Miller were among the big key players that push the Bulls into the playoffs to finish out strong at the end. Remember last year Gordan only missed a month at the beginning of the season b-cuz of his injured foot. And when he was back at 100% they were still under 500. and couldn’t get them over the hump. But, when the got back Hinrich & added Miller & Salmon they moved up that hump into a record of more wins during the half of the season making the playoffs again. Their is your answer ‘EMA’ of how much of a great player BG was for the Bulls. Just like Lopez mention this to u already, if Gordan was such a great player and leader like u say he was y couldn’t he carried the Bulls on his back to playoffs last year without Deng, Hinrich, Salmon & Miller at the beginning of the season??? Just like D-Wade did last year. And to top it off, Miami didn’t even had a good young talented players like the Bulls had last year and you now it ‘EMA’! Your the 1 that is being unrealistic and needs to get back to reality and face the truth, you don’t know much about basketball. U think BG is a better player then D-Wade lol Just remember this ‘EAM, if Miami does not get a good player along with Wade he is leaving and coming back home to Chi-Town in 2010 you’ll see. He is already starting to pay a home here. Go Bulls!!!

    mike killer August 11, 2009 at 11:40 pm #

    buy a house here*

    felipe garcia August 12, 2009 at 1:23 am #

    Wait ‘EMA’ and you want to talk about Pargo’s stats that they were not as good as Duhon stats in 04-06??? 1st of all you should have took a look at his stats and put them up their because Pargo’s played only 14 minutes in 04-05 and score more points then Duhon playing 26 minutes. Pargo was averaging about 6.4 pts per game and Duhon was about averaging 5.9 pts per game. It was only back in 05-06 were Duhon numbers when up to 8.7 pts per game b-cuz he was playing 30 minutes and Pargo number went down b-cuz he was only playing 11 minutes and scorer 5 pts per game. And don’t forget about that series against Washington back in 04-05 when Pargo hit that big 3 point shot to tie the game, while he was averaging in the playoffs 10.4 points per game just like he was averaging the same amount of points in New Orleans in the playoffs not to long ago. And you want to talk about Gordan being a leader and wants to win??? 1st of all, last time I checked Hinrich or Deng where the leaders in 04-09 and Gordan was just a selfish player that wanted more money from the Bulls back in 07-08 when he was a resisted free-agent. Basically at the end, he took about the same amount of money that the Bulls were offering him back then. (To a 5 year deal.) And you want talk about Rose being to young to hit big shots with a lot of pressure on him??? Then what the hell did he do in the playoffs last year against Boston hitting big shots along with Gordan duh! lol. Plus they got: Salmon, Hinrich, Deng, Miller & Pargo to hit big shots for them. Who knows, maybe even their other players Like: Ty Thomas, Noah & maybe Johnson. Go Bulls

    EAM August 13, 2009 at 10:18 pm #

    We’ll see this season.

    andres Lopez August 14, 2009 at 2:28 am #

    We will see buddy just watch and wait

    slim tim August 15, 2009 at 5:22 pm #

    bg is a b-hog who shots too many bad shots. d-rose is one of the best young players in the league.the bulls are sacrificing this season 4 a chance to land d-wade. D-WADE,D-ROSE IN THE FRONT COURT AND NOAH,TYRUS IN THE BACK COURT THE BULLS WILL BE ONE PEICE AWAY FROM THE CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2012,LETS HOPE THE WORLD DOESNS’T HAPPEN BEFORE THAT LOL !!!

    BRIAN August 17, 2009 at 4:02 am #


    andres Lopez August 18, 2009 at 5:01 am #

    1st of all ‘BRAIN’ we already talk about this issue with BG a long time ago! so start reading sum comments lol. The Bulls do not need BG & they are not talking a step back! They are moving forward with a better defensive lineup and with a better team for next year. 2nd, BG wanted way more money then Deng from the Bulls in the past as a small SG that only plays good offense with no defense! 3rd, Now the Bulls have Salmon at the starting lineup as a SG. He is a bigger guard at 6-6 or 6-7, a smart shooter, a better defensive player and a unselfish player like BG was. Plus they also have Hinrich as a great back-up guard to D-Rose or Salmon including J. Pargo as well. 4th, The only reason why the Bulls did not pickup J BLAIR was b-cuz of his height as a PF, being a 6-7 with knee injuries in the past. The Bulls needed a bigger PF player, in order to be more effective against other teams in the EAST and WEST. That is why the Bulls drafted Taj Gibson at # 26. He is a 6-9 or 6-10 PF, with a swing-span of a 7-4 footer and plays good defense, with sum rebounding and scoring baskets. 5th, The Bulls owner is not such a bad guy. He is a smart owner and know what it takes to built a strong line-up b-cuz sooner or later the Bull will pickup D-Wade to replace BG present as a free-agent in 2010 if things don’t work out for him in Miami you’ll see! D-Wade is a top scorer, defended and leader with a lot of experience.

    andres Lopez August 18, 2009 at 5:05 am #

    And if things work out for the Bulls and they pickup D-Wade for next year, they are a championship team for 2010 soon. Go BULLs!!!

  38. David Jack August 24, 2009 at 3:39 am #

    You know it is sad how you guys are so delusional on this website. I was reading through this crap, and I had to make a comment. First of all the Bulls are a bottom half team, anybody that is an educated and sensible basketball fan knows that you can’t win in the NBA consistently without a consistent post presence. That is why I agree with EAM, Toronto, Alanta,Miami(D-Wade) Washington,all mid to bottom half playoff teams are better than the Bulls. You can’t just look at the Points per game, that Rose, Salmons,Deng will bring. You have to consider they will get nothing in the paint on a consistent basis. Playoff team yeah right. Get freakin real. They will have to fight just to maybe get that eight playoff spot, Philly will challenge them. Don’t let last year playoff series against the Celtics, cloud your judgment, Bulls Fans(Idiots) Stop drinkin that Benny the Bull Kool-aid, we all know where that comes from. BTW Andres Lopez your an IDIOT, D-Wade isn’t going to Leave Miami and come to Chicago(Have you ever been to Miami fool!) Learn about Basketball before you post on any board.

  39. David Jack August 24, 2009 at 3:47 am #

    Also PatG, your also an idiot, I just read over your silly comments. How are things looking so bright for the bulls. Pal, about 6 or 7 other teams can say the same thing. I just can’t out how can people in Chicago be so content on barely making the playoffs and losing in the first round. Get Real!


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