If you read this site regularly and/or follow me on Basketbawful, you probably already know how I feel about the catch-all “flu-like symptoms” excuse. Still, against all reason, part of me wants to give Tyrus Thomas the benefit of the doubt. After all, the alternative is to accuse Tyrus and possibly even the Bulls organization of lying about the situation. Plus, if we find out in the next couple days that Tyrus has swine flu, I’d feel pretty bad about pointing a finger at him.
Well, Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune sure didn’t hesitate to do a littler finger-pointing on his blog: “The story goes that the Bulls sent home Tyrus Thomas with flu-like symptoms. Sounds like code for the fact that they’re the ones who are sick — sick of Thomas. I mean, just look at the timing: On Sunday, the alleged starting forward sat the entire fourth quarter in a loss in Miami, and then on Monday, the Bulls officially chose not to extend his original contract. And on Tuesday, he’s supposedly sick? Please. The flu? That’s as good as either the Bulls or Thomas can do? Do we all need a vaccine against stupidity? … If Thomas is still a Bull by next summer — you wonder if he’ll still be on the roster by tomorrow — then he’ll be an restricted free agent, which means he’s restricted by the fact that nobody who has coached him here apparently wants anything to do with him.”
Wow. If Rosenbloom is right, that sound you hear might be the Tyrus Thomas Countdown Clock ticking, ticking, ticking…
Update! More news: Thomas did not practice today and most likely will not play in Thursday’s game against the Cavaliers in Cleveland. Said Vinny Del Negro: “Tyrus is sick. He showed up this morning, he’s still pretty sick. He’s at home. He’ll see a doctor today and tomorrow and then we’ll re-evaluate and see if he can fly into Cleveland, but he’s pretty sick still.” When asked if there was any chance Tyrus would meet the team in Cleveland, Vinny said: “Maybe. I don’t know. Let’s just see how it goes. See how he feels. He’s pretty sick, though. So we just want to make sure he gets healthy.”