Taking the Bulls Not By the Numbers: The End

So in the end, the Chicago Bulls proved to be a bit shy of a champion.  By the time the ignominious final minutes of Game 5 ticked away, I’d lost faith that they would win a title; they weren’t diverse enough in offensive weapons or game plans.  They looked like a team whose recent playoff track record consisted only of two first round losses.  62-20, top ranking in Defensive Efficiency, they still looked like a work in progress, which they are.

There were glaring coaching errors.  For instance, in the final fifteen seconds, when it was highly likely that the team would need a three point shot, why were Taj Gibson and Kurt Thomas on the floor?  It allowed Miami to do what other teams did them down at final shot time in the regular season, play defense five on three.   There was a general lack of creativity in personnel usage.  Also good young players had their flaws exposed: Joakim Noah needs to spend this summer working on post moves and finishing near the hoop.  His game is good enough to anchor two NCAA title teams and lead a team to the best record in the NBA, but it needs more polish before he can hoist the ultimate trophy.   And of course the roster needs more offense.  I wasn’t convinced that Courtney Lee was the solution at the trade deadline and I’m not convinced now.  J.R. Smith or Vince Carter?  Yeah, that’s the right line of thought.

Initially, I thought this Bulls team would remind me of the 2005 Chicago White Sox, a great team that snuck up on everyone and via rock solid run prevention won a title.  Instead, they remind of another Chicago team, one that honorably came close, but lacked enough offense to win it all, the 1984 Chicago Bears.  The Bears added the offense the following season and became not just a champion but a legendary one.  With a good offseason, the 2011-2012 Bulls could become champions, but I doubt they’ll make a rap record about it at midseason.

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About jmartin437

I've worked in and around the world of high end cheese for 27 years. I've been everything from a department manager who hired and fired and trained staffs to a weekend warrior who shows up ties on an apron the middle of a rush and talks to customers and cleans up the place. I enjoy it all, and I especially like my current situation conducting informal seminars about cheese at area bars and in class at the 92nd St. Y. The current schedule is always up at thejoyofcheese.blogspot.com. In addition I conduct private events that are perfect to lead off birthday parties for foodies and sommeliers and also they make great entertainment for corporate team building events and associates meetings at law firms. In addition, I've been a freelance journalist for 27 years. Currently my profiles of leading musicians and filmmakers appear in the Wall Street Journal and www.theroot.com. I also wrote about sports for the Root, and for five loooong years, which included the entirety of the Isiah Thomas Knicks era, I wrote about the NBA for the New York Sun. I enjoyed writing about basketball so much that I now do it here at rotations for free.
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