Chicago Bulls: 5 Biggest Mistakes in the Last 10 Years
During the post-Michael Jordan era, the Bulls found it hard to find their groove again. One could expect this, though, when basically your entire team falls apart.
The Bulls had a few playoff runs, but that is not a huge statement in what usually is a weak Eastern Conference.
The Bulls have done a few good things on personnel, such as drafting Rose, Kirk Hinrich, Luol Deng and hiring guys like Scott Skiles, Tom Thibodeau and Gar Forman.
One can't forget about those dark years, though, but at least now we can look back and laugh at them as the Bulls have put themselves in position for contention for years to come.
Trading Elton Brand
Besides the lack of a shooting guard as of late, what have you always heard Bulls fans complaining about?
The lack of a low post threat.
Well, the Bulls had that guy in Elton Brand, but after two great seasons including a Rookie of the Year award, his talents were traded for a young Tyson Chandler.
Chandler certainly offered excellent upside, but the Bulls were trading a No. 1 overall pick for some unproven high school player.
If Brand would have stayed in Chicago, people would still not be complaining to this day about the Bulls' everlasting lack in a low post scorer.
Swapping LaMarcus Aldridge for Tyrus Thomas
Speaking of low post scorers, I don't think anyone fully understands what John Paxson was thinking on draft night when he traded LaMarcus Aldridge for Tyrus Thomas.
Once again, the Bulls were in need of a low post scorer, but the gave him up. The Bulls drafted the Texas product to only give him away for LSU's high-flying Tyrus Thomas.
This was a move that always confused me, as Aldridge was the perfect complement to the Bulls' roster of Kirk Hinrich, Luol Deng and Ben Gordon.
If the Bulls would have held onto Aldridge, they wouldn't be still looking for a low post scorer.
Hiring Vinny Del Negro
I can't think of a worse hire in basketball history. Perhaps sports.
Vinny Del Negro? The guy who works in the Suns front office?
You have a team with brand new rookie point guard in Derrick Rose, and you go out and hire this guy who probably never even coached pee-wee basketball.
It just didn't make sense.
The Bulls could have hired anyone else other than Del Negro and it would have been a good move.
Look, I know Del Negro took the Bulls to the playoffs twice, but that was with a .500 record. I was not impressed, to say the least.
Luckily for the Bulls and their fans, the organization got its head straight and hired an actual basketball coach in Tom Thibodeau.
Drafting Eddy Curry
The Chicago Bulls took Eddy Curry with the fourth overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft.
Here is a short list of players that came after Curry:
Jason Richardson (No. 5), Shane Battier (No. 6), Joe Johnson (No. 10), Gerald Wallace (No. 25), Tony Parker (No. 28) and Gilbert Arenas (No. 30).
All of those players would have been better options than Curry. At the time of the draft, though, Curry must have showed the most upside, even if he had not played in college.
Never averaging double digits in rebounds for the Chicago Bulls, Curry and his lack of an offensive game eventually became a huge bust and waste of money for the Chicago Bulls.
Signing Ben Wallace
When the Chicago Bulls signed Ben Wallace in the summer of 2006 for four years and $60 million, Bulls fans were excited.
I don't know if many of you remember, but Wallace was a hot commodity that summer. Many teams were calling for his services, and the Bulls won. Fans felt finally something was going right.
They knew Wallace from his championship days in Detroit and they were hoping he would be there to solve all their problems.
Well, that didn't happen.
Wallace's numbers dipped by about four points and three rebounds per game dropping him to below double digits in both categories. Not what I would call a $60 million man.
The Bulls' project with Wallace ultimately came to an end after about 1.5 seasons. Wallace has never returned to the form he was in Detroit, suggesting he hit free agency at just the right time: after his prime and due for big money.
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