My Amir jersey is looking more and more prophetic

My computer is dead, so posting will be light for a bit.

Quick things:

When did St. Franny get wrestling/start winning wrestling championships? Total sports powerhouse.

Amir Johnson gets better and better every single night. His offensive game is still basically non-existent, but his physical tools on the defensive end are just overwhelming sometimes. He contests everything. As he gains experience and muscle, his defense alone will make him really valuable. I bet next year he starts and McNugg comes off the bench. And ESPN’s announcers were hilariously describing how Amir is challenging the older post players for minutes—and they were referring to Maxiell (who’s a prehistoric 25.)

The game against Chicago was closer than it should have been, because of the absence of Sheed and because Deng and Gordon decided to start playing in the second quarter.

Let me apologize for unintentionally blaspheming Kenny. Pat takes the blame:

Jerry, just to clarify and take some responsibility for being a moron, i thought chicago could come out of the east this season so you can’t blame kenny for this one. I don’t understand how they’ve regressed so far, how hinrich is suddenly a bad point gaurd and none of their bigs can play and deng is no longer looking like an up and coming star. They are extremely awful and a big mess.

They should have kept tyson chandler and not traded ty thomas for aldrige, then they’d actually be good.

Let me agree with Pat that having the Bulls be bad doesn’t bother me in the least. It makes our easterly path that must be easier. That being said, it’s hard to quantify how Chicago wasted all that young talent and regressed so far so fast.

The biggest thing, as everyone agrees, is that they’ve never had a guy who can get easy baskets in the post. They’ve always been too reliant on the jump shot. That’s easy enough to say. But they’ve still got a lot of good players, they shouldn’t be this brutal. It’s fair to also say that they have the worst chemistry of any team I’ve watched play a lot this year (and I only watch them a lot because they are constantly on TV. It’s torture.) They have no leadership whatsoever, which doesn’t matter so much if everyone is happy and making shots.

I give a lot of the blame to Ben Wallace. It’s not his fault exactly that he went from a massively underrated player to a massively important defensive player to a massively overrated player. He had some things that he did really well. But while all players have some weaknesses, his were glacier-sized. And then he got old. It’s sad in a way, because nobody embodied our title team better. Him going to Chicago probably saved us and ruined them.

Imagine if they had been able to swing Gasol in a deal instead of signing BWall. And now imagine he was destroying our cap for the next two years after this. Yesterday’s game might have looked a lot different.

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10 Responses to “My Amir jersey is looking more and more prophetic”

  1. sloan Says:

    uhh, that wasn’t exactly brief.

  2. zachary Says:

    i have never thought deng was good and always thought you guys were a bit crazy when youd praise him. i still think he blows ass and would never want him on the stones. hes just not that good.

  3. Kenny Says:

    Was anyone else frustrated watching theo ratliff play significant minutes instead of amir and max? I completely understand what flip is doing. He needs to give theo some PT down the stretch to find out what he can bring and get him acclimated before the playoffs so that in the unfortunate event of an injury he is ready to go. I just think Flip should be required to only play him in games that aren’t televised so I don’t have to watch. When they said sheed wasn’t playing I was looking forward to watching amir and max log some big minutes.

    On a positive note, theo played pretty well, so it looks like he’ll be able to provide some depth down the stretch.

  4. sloan Says:

    theo’s alright. he’s cagey–as everyone is required to describe veterans. he’s also really slow. i forget the exact moment, but at one point he was running up the floor (and i don’t know if he was mad or what) but he threw a young guy from our team up the court while he lagged behind.

  5. matt Says:

    glad you got to see a game, jerry. Bulls are bad, but better than pistons second string. We never put the game away, which I recall has haunted the pistons in the playoffs. I think Theo is a good addition. And while Maxiell and Amir were playing great, Theo is going to play a bigger part I think.

  6. sloan Says:

    bigger than max? i don’t know, maxiell was pretty huge at points in last year’s playoffs.

  7. matt Says:

    i just think that maxiell is still a bit too crazy, and that’s why i like theo. maxiell will grab a great rebound, and then not know where to throw it and travel in the process. not to say he didn’t provide great energy or have amazing dunks. (amirs were even better though) maybe theo just looked good since he mostly played with the starters. and maybe max will have a bigger part in his role as the energy player.

    also, who thought gooden sucked. that was really the most pleasurable part of the game

  8. matt Says:

    or did maxiell have that huge standing tomahawk dunk. i forget who.

  9. sloan Says:

    matt really has an anti-gooden issue.

  10. Kenny Says:

    I think gooden has some anti-gooden issues. Nobody would sport first the back of the head hair patch and then the rediculous beard without something going on up there.

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