I mentioned underneath yesterday's Game 5 highlights that I'd be writing this column today. The Bulls ended this regular season as the best team in basketball record wise. Derrick Rose with his MVP season and Coach Thibs deserved a lot of credit for this. The playoffs are about stars and the Heat essentially became the top seed when they signed superstars Wade, LeBron, and Bosh last Summer. Just as in 2000 when the Bulls had a ton of cap space, but Duncan, Grant Hill, and T-Mac all turned them down, the Big 3 this past Summer all passed on joining Reinsdorf's Bulls. And just like in 2000 when even lesser "stars" like Jalen Rose and Tim Thomas also passed on the Bulls max offers, this past Summer the Bulls weren't able to sign even an Amar'e, Joe Johnson or Rudy Gay. You put even just Johnson and Amar'e on the Bulls and they beat the Heat handily. The Bulls completely struck out (again) in free agency, with Boozer playing the Ron Mercer role 10 years later.

So the Bulls ended up with the oft injured, overrated, no defense playing Carlos Boozer, Ronnie "I couldn't throw the ball in the ocean if I was drowning" Brewer and  Kyle "I Look like Ashton Kutcher and get Punk'd on defense no matter who I'm guarding" Korver as their big 3 free agent additions. They planned for this Summer for a couple years. They let Gordon go and they traded Salmons and Hinrich with the intent of not failing again in the big Free Agent Summer of 2010. Well they did.

The thing is they got offered a mulligan. Carmelo Anthony wanted out of Denver last Summer and the only team that he was willing to go to that the Nuggets were willing to trade him to was the Bulls. The Nuggets wanted Joakim Noah. Yes Noah is a nice energy guy and defensive center. He's no Carmelo Anthony though. The Bulls wilted against the Heat because Rose was the only superstar scorer (really the only scorer). With 'Melo things would have been a different story. You could replace Noah with an Asik or Kurt Thomas. You can't replace 'Melo with a Kyle Korver or Ronnie Brewer.

So in the end it wasn't Coach Thibs or Derrick Rose that failed to deliver vs the "hollywood as hell" Heat team. It was Reinsdorf, Paxson and Foreman that struck out on all of the top free agents last Summer and then blew the 'Melo gift that was being thrown their way. Michael Jordan couldn't even win with the supporting cast that Rose had. 

JR 5/27/2011 09:20:00 PM Edit
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  1. Anonymous says:

    To quote myself from earlier today "Noah's a fucking bitch. If his sorry ass wasn't such an offensive liability he'd be on the floor down the stretch and maybe the Bulls could've won. But he sucks!" I almost choked on the biscuit I was eating when I heard the Bulls turned down Anthony for Noah. Noah sucks and the Bulls were MORONS!

  2. tb727 says:

    Very well written and I agree 1000% percent. This series was lost for Chicago when they wouldn't part with Noah for Carmelo which is retarded or when they failed to sign better players in the offseason.

    Three teams struck out bigtime in last summer's free agent: Clippers, Bulls, Nets.

  3. Yeah I totally agree. Also, isn't it time we realize that basketball is such a star driven sport than Miami really did just buy the next six championships during the Summer?

    Like if you put Albert Pujols, A-Rod and like Hanley Ramirez or something on the same team in baseball you're still not going to win it all, because there's too many players involved. In basketball, you put 2 of the top 3 players in the NBA on a team you are GUARANTEED to win. The supporting cast doesn't matter, face it. This is basketball, there's only five players playing at once and the Heat's top 2 are stories above any other team's top one.

    I think the Mavs - Heat finals will really test this. The Mavs are predicated on ball movement and teamwork and have a great cast of role players around Dirk. Whereas, the Heat are basically a two man team, and honestly in basketball if those two are as good as the Heat's two, that's really all you need.

    I should probably just write a column on this haha. Look for that soon.

  4. "Kyle "I Look like Ashton Kutcher and get Punk'd on defense no matter who I'm guarding" Korver"

  5. Tim says:

    Hahaha so true. Melo is the best scorer in the leauge and not trading an injured Noah for him makes no sense to me

  6. Jenda says:

    Disagree with Mike. Supporting cast plays it's role. Celtics got abused by people like James Jones, Joel Anthony and that guy who plays the backup PG for the heat and that pretty much broke their back. That and the inability to slow DWade (and you know whose paint D we missed there(oh, that´s right, The trade yet again).

  7. Karl says:

    Great post. Just not enough offense for the Bulls.

  8. Rondo>me says:

    i wouldn't replace noah with thomas. they'd be badly undersized if he started. asik is a maybe.

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