An Open Letter to John Paxson: Don't Give Up on the Chicago Bulls

Joe WillettSenior Writer IFebruary 22, 2008

Dear Mr Paxson,

Just yesterday, you pulled off a blockbuster trade.

And earlier today, you made comments pertaining to what you felt was the future of this team.

You alluded to the team giving up on the season, and explained that was the major reason for the trade.

I don't think your players got the memo.

The Bulls dropped 135, a season high, en route to a 135-121 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

The Bulls, normally a defensive team, won the game handily—as their newly-acquired players suited up, literally, as they sat in the stands.

Ben Gordon was hoping to get traded before the deadline.  After tonight, I'm sure he was at least happy he stayed through the night, because he dropped a game-high 37 points.

Kirk Hinrich had a double-double, scoring 16 points with 14 assists.  All-in-all, the Bulls had seven players score in double figures.  Even the offensively-challenged Joakim Noah scored 14 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

If the Bulls can play like this more often, I would not count them out of the playoff race any time soon.  They currently sit only just one game out of the eighth spot in the depleted Eastern Conference race.

Once Drew Gooden and Larry Hughes join this team, they could be a little tougher to beat.

Don't count this one a failure just yet, Mr. Paxson.

Check out my page, I'm Joe W. 

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