The Chicago Bulls are the champions…of the Summer League.

by
Denzel

Enjoy it, my man. You are already becoming my favorite Bull!

What an amazing night. Sitting there, watching the Bulls come back and show the NBA what it’s all about. I thought after 1998, I would never see the Bulls win a championship ever again. This summer, they didn’t let me down. Congratulations to Jerry Reinsdorf, the best owner fans could ask for. And major credit to Gar Forman and John Paxson for proving all of us wrong and putting together a championship team. What an unbelievaBULL season! And the best part? They beat ThomASS’s team, the Timberwolves for the title. REVENGE.

Now that my sarcasm is out of the way, this was pretty impressive. The Bulls went undefeated in the Summer League. They were down in the last couple of games and came back. They were lead by Bobby Portis, Cristiano Felicio, Jerian Grant and rookie, Denzel Valentine. All four contributed in a big way and Grant was named Most Valuable Player.

Denzel impressed me the most. The dude hit a game-tying three with 0.2 seconds left in regulation. Then, he hit the game-winner in overtime at the buzzer. He was absolutely clutch. Bobby Portis has improved and is starting to hit three point shots. If he gets that going, he is a dual-threat player on offense, meaning he can hurt you from outside or down in the post. Felicio is proving he can play center and play it well. And Grant, well, it’s early, but the guy can be valuable off the bench (if used properly).

I know. I know. These Bulls played young guys on other teams. But I was very happy to see that.

I am not sitting here saying the four guys I mentioned above are going to be All-Stars, but it would be nice to see these guys start/play significant minutes. I still feel signing guys like Wade and Rondo delays what really needs to happen: a rebuild from top to bottom.

So, yes, I went nuts celebrating the game-winner from Valentine on Monday. It may be the most fun I ever have as a Bulls fan for the foreseeable future. I have zero faith in the front office or Fred Hoiberg to rebuild this team the way it should be.

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21 Responses to “The Chicago Bulls are the champions…of the Summer League.”

  1. erniesarmy Says:

    Fro, I really believe you guys got a good one in Valentine. I like the fact he finished school, and, in the games I watched, he was a total team player. I would rather the Lakers had taken him than Ingram. Ingram looks like a toothpick with legs out there. I am not looking forward to see him against someone like Draymond Green. Ouch!

    You can’t go wrong with Dwayne Wade, but Rondo is going to be a problem for your team.

  2. Fro Dog Says:

    Ernie!

    A few years back, I wrote something on this site about players being one and done in college and how that is ruining the game. We all can see it. Think 20-30 years ago and all of the teams that had great stars. That was because most were in college for a minimum of three years and others, four. That’s how a player gets developed and into a superstar. A lot of these players from Kentucky or Duke who just play one year in college, almost never flourish into a superstar.

    Players that became stars that came out of high school are once in a generation stars. I see guys like Moses Malone, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. You can maybe count Amare Stoudemeire and Tracy McGrady, but those guys had injuries. But even for those six guys, there are 20 or 30 were just average or busts.

    It’s too bad Adam Silver is just as stupid as David Stern. Draftees should be in college for a minimum of three years and that’s being lenient. The quality of the NBA is garbage and only, two or three teams are legit contenders every year while other teams have no chance.

  3. dvxprime Says:

    Three of the four teams in the top two US television markets don’t make the playoffs (Clippers/Knicks/Nets). Half of the NBA Playoffs were decided by blowout margins.

    How does Adam Silver address the problem?

    By pulling the NBA All-Star Game out of Charlotte because he’s mad that the trannies can’t use the ladies’ bathroom.

    It would be nice if Adam Silver decided to make moves that would actually improve the quality of the game rather than pander to the social justice warfare goons on the internet.

  4. genrebuster Says:

    dvx…there’s way more to HB2 than who uses what bathroom…that’s a smokescreen. Like it or not.

  5. Fro Dog Says:

    DVX,

    I appreciate the point you’re trying to make and that you’re frustrated, but please try to keep the politics out of the discussion since this site is mainly about sports. It’s all good my friend. Whether we all end up agreeing or disagreeing, this isn’t the place for it.

  6. genrebuster Says:

    …but, can we at least agree that GarPax sucks?

    HA HA HA HA HA HA

  7. Fro Dog Says:

    Yes. That is more than allowed. Everytime I listen to those idiots in interviews and press conferences, I lose many brain cells. Many of you on here probably have as well.

  8. genrebuster Says:

    I don’t listen to them for that very reason…it’s either that or give up drinking…

  9. Fro Dog Says:

    That’s a tough decision to make. You and Mad City Mac love to drink, maybe a bit too much at times.

    And speaking of losing brain cells and/or being forced to drink, the Bears start training camp next week. I am prepared for awful press conferences with John Fox and Ted Phillips.

  10. genrebuster Says:

    I still enjoy a taste, but no way I could hang with Mad City Mac….maybe 20 years ago.

  11. dvxprime Says:

    Sorry about that, Fro.

    Between the Bulls and the White Sox, does Reisnedorff give a damn anymore? He’s 80, one cupcake away from a heart attack, and both his teams are falling apart at the seams.

  12. genrebuster Says:

    …doubtful Jerry gives a damn or a shit, he has his $$$.

  13. Fro Dog Says:

    It’s all good, my man. Once again, I understood it wasn’t about the political issue itself. I just didn’t want it to blow up and make people who may not comment but read the site think you were being hateful, which wasn’t the case.

    Anyway, I wouldn’t say Reinsdorf cares, but I just don’t think he “gets it”. I mean, he let the fat fuck, Krause, ruin the Bulls after 1998. When the fat fuck tried to “rebuild” the Bulls, he did it poorly by getting rid of Elton Brand (before he reached his prime) and brought in Curry and Chandler. Curry was a lazy fuck and Chandler turned out to be a decent player, but that’s about it.

    I listened to Mully and Hanley on The Score last week on the way to work. They implied that Reinsdorf knows he doesn’t have much time left and just wants to throw shit at a wall and praying it sticks. That’s how he does it with his teams in general. He never wants them to rebuild because he thinks the fans will get angry. I wouldn’t say I would be pissed.

    A rebuild needs to happen. That’s how teams build themselves into becoming legitimate contenders in any sport. A team needs to suck ass for two or three years at least. They need to trade away players who have value (i.e. Butler, Gibson) and grab more draft picks along with the ones they already have. When you do that, you can sign your players to team-friendly deals early on so you don’t have to dish out way more money for prime/shitty free agents who will obviously, demand more. So, not only do you have the opportunity to build a team that is young, talented and cheap, but you can continue to do that without increasing risks of losing them in the future.

  14. erniesarmy Says:

    “I appreciate the point you’re trying to make and that you’re frustrated, but please try to keep the politics out of the discussion since this site is mainly about sports.” – FroDog

    And that right there is the reason I love this site! I too have political opinions, some very strong ones. But, this is a SPORTS site. I am so sick of political anger and hate on Facebook that it makes me want to puke! This site is a haven for me. Fro, never let that change.

    Oh, and I also love my man, Chucky! 🙂

  15. erniesarmy Says:

    And, by the way, I intend to never let anyone on this site know my political affiliation. It’s irrelevant, and it breeds unnecessary arguments with friends who share my love of sports, especially the Cubs. Now, I’m done.

    Fro said: “A few years back, I wrote something on this site about players being one and done in college and how that is ruining the game.”

    Fro, we are absolute soulmates on that issue. But, unfortunately, the owners and commissioner want the big bucks these “young up-and-coming stars” bring to the league.

    I remember when this whole thing started with Spencer Haywood back in 1968. He went to Junior College, but didn’t want to attend a four year school. So, he sued the league and won a few years later. 1974 I think. Anyway, the “hardship” became “get-em-while-they’re-in-High School” mantra! Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is also a huge critic of these kids coming out early. When he first came into the league, he changed a near the bottom of the league Milwaukee Bucks team into an instant contender overnight. The next year they won the title. Name me one of these “one-and-done” kids that could do that today. Ben Simmons looks like the real deal, but it will take him 2 or 3 years before he matures enough to be that “deal.” Moreover, do these owners care about these young kids if they wash out after a couple of years? Do they care where the kid ends up after he finds out he wasn’t NBA quality? In the old days they still had that degree they received from gradating with their class. Now, they don’t have that.

    You guys are going to be fine. Us Lakers fans are going to have to suffer for a few more years though.

  16. erniesarmy Says:

    And one more thing before I go and get back to my work;

    I want to complement Fro and DVX for being respectful to one another. Fro’s caution was done without venom or scorn. DVX came back with a respectful apology.

    Try seeing that on Facebook or another sports site. Good Luck!

    Thanks again, Fro, for a great site.

  17. Pie in the Sky Says:

    Facebook is borderline unusable with all the people spewing hatred and spending their whole lives posting unfunny and often misleading political / sports memes. Definitely good to see people are able to have a genuine and respectful conversation without throwing childish insults to one another.

  18. chucky Says:

    Ernie….glad to have you onboard as one of my fans. It’s greatly appreciated, my frendt!

    Sports isn’t the only thing I pay attention to. My disdain for Tom “I can’t predict yesterdays weather, let alone todays weather” Skilling is a matter of public record, and politics really gives my gag reflex a serious workout, these days especially. One day I hope to speak more about all of that.

    Maybe when we clear out all the sports trash in Chicago. Oh hell, who am I trying to bullshit?

  19. Fro Dog Says:

    Ernie, it’s all good here. And for the record, I don’t have Facebook. I’ve never had it and am proud to not. The only association I have with that is that my employee at my business runs the business page for me so I don’t have to. It makes things wonderful for me not to deal with that.

    There is a reason why I never change this site be it the discussion or the actual design/webpage. I like to keep things the same and simple. It’s the only way I know. All of these damn websites continuously change the outlooks, causing my computer to slow down with tons of ads and garbage layouts. It’s pissing me off because it makes it completely painful to try to navigate.

    And one more thing, this is for Chucky. It appears that Skilling wanted to give Chucky a little love. You decide:

  20. chucky Says:

    Damn you Fro!!! I just blew chunks on my keyboard.

    You will pay for this sir!!!!!

  21. genrebuster Says:

    D. Rose spews more nonsense! Good riddance.

    http://isportsweb.com/2016/07/23/derrick-rose-dubs-new-york-knicks-super-team/

SHOW DA FIRE AND PASSION, MY FRENDT!

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