Here’s a little known fact- the owners of the Chicago Bulls have made more than $2 billion. The way that Jerry Reinsdorf runs the Bulls compared to the White Sox is a slap in the face to everyone that throws a bunch of money down to go watch a team full of one way regular season pimps (sans Derrick Rose, of course). Did you know the Bulls have the highest profit margin in sports in the U.S., but are still letting the parade go by in this year’s free agency because of luxury tax concerns?
It’s frustrating as hell for fans that stuck with this franchise from ’98 on and have seen them refuse to act and carry themselves like the 3rd most important franchise in the association’s history. There were the 16-time NBA champion Lakers on Sunday giving up two 1st round picks and two 2nd round picks to acquire Steve Nash to again go for a title, because in the Lakers’ world, two years without a title is an embarrassment.
The Bulls? They’re too busy counting the $50+ million they make every year ($59 million operating profit in ’10-’11 according to Forbes) and laughing at the north shore suckholes that continue to buy season tickets. Stand Pat Pax and his staff of conservative ass-bags are sitting at the Berto shaking about the prospects of going forward without Omer Asik and his robust 3 points per game.
Are the Lakers, Celtics, Heat, Nets & Knicks worried about money so far in free agency? Of course not. They’re creatively trying to make their teams better by exhausting every ounce of effort and energy to bring stars and better players to their squads. If the Bulls were in the Celtics position, do you think there’s any chance they’d spend $34 million to bring Kevin Garnett back? If you say yes, I know you drank yourself stupid on the 4th.
Mikhail Prokhorov laughs and throws bags of money Floyd Mayweather style at the new punitive penalties for luxury tax teams. Super tax? Ha, here’s another briefcase full of cash, Billy King.
Meanwhile, Reinsdorf is operating his team precisely like he wants to. He’s no fool, believe me. He’s a brilliant businessman that knows the Bulls (worth $600 million) are a cash cow regardless if they ever hang a 7th banner. His long held stance of going into the luxury tax for a team worthy of potentially winning a title doesn’t vibe with the bullshit GarPax is spewing.
By contemplating matching the Asik silliness and letting it be known they believe they’ll be a serious contender when Derrick Rose comes back, they’re saying the complete opposite of what the owner is showing. If Asik is so “valuable” like they say, he’d have already been locked into a contract like they hope to do with Taj Gibson. Instead, they’re asleep at the wheel and now face the idiocy of paying a guy without one singular offensive move $14.2 million in the 3rd year of a $25 million contract. And remember when Asik couldn’t be dealt at the deadline for a 2-guard? Give me a break.
The Bulls shortsightedness and ignorance towards their fans is galling. These are the same imbeciles that filled that joint despite watching 15 & 17 win teams in the aftermath of the dynasty, and a star-less squad that fell apart when Kobe Bryant trade rumors surfaced. Oh, and where would this franchise be (GarPax included) if the league didn’t hand them Rose? I forgot, it’s Reinsdorf running the show, so it would probably mean raises because they’re all so loyal to him.
Do you remember when GarPax talked about landing a “home run” last year? How’s that working out for them? For months, we’ve heard that Dwight Howard isn’t interested in playing for the Lakers. But guess what? There are the Lake Show still in the mix because they have the confidence and self belief that they could convince him to stay once he got a taste of that Hollywood ass… I mean life. Billy King took a massive gamble in trading for Deron Williams. He wasn’t promised a contract extension, but he made the deal anyway. Why? Because he has balls, and that’s what you need to build a powerhouse squad.
It’s a fucking joke that the Bulls aren’t even attempting to land the overgrown child. I’ve long said, get Orlando on the phone right now and offer Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, the Bobcats pick & other 1st rounders for Howard. If the giant baby is still steadfast on bouncing to Brooklyn a year from now, fine. They will have then shed themselves of Deng’s contract ($14,275,000 in ’13-’14) and the remaining $48 million on Noah’s deal.
Then, you’d have a ton of cap space (even more if you amnesty Boozer) to remake your team around D Rose and make them more athletic and better able to run with OKC & Miami.
And speaking of Rose, why is he above recruiting people here? Kobe’s won 5 rings, and he took time away form his hoops camp to talk with Nash about taking less money (3 years & $27 million) to potentially win a ring. Why is Rose so above doing what Dwyane Wade did? It’s becoming increasingly annoying, and something that needs to be talked about.
The big market/big balls teams in the NBA are doing whatever they can to try and win a title. The Bulls? They’re acting like the small market team that Reinsdorf envisions when he sets a budget for them. It’s depressing for Bulls fans because their money hungry owner is more concerned with the bottom line than he is with raising banners. The Bulls lack the vision and testicular fortitude (Vince McMahon reference) to make bold moves. They’d rather sell false hope to a fan base that doesn’t mind the kick to the dick.