Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Why Are We Not Looking At Larry Brown?
I merely pose this as a question at this point. I'm not saying I'm convinced Larry Brown is the guy for the job, or that Jim Boylan isn't. As the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson points out, after tonight's game, Boylan will have coached the same amount of games as Scott Skiles has. Skiles got the axe after a 9-16 start, and Boylan has gone 11-13 to this point. Under Boylan, the Bulls are averaging 7 more points per game (No thanks to professional crybaby fuckstick Wallace) and are back in the top 10 for opponent field goal percentage. Considering they've been without Luol Deng, Ben Gordon and Kirk Hinrich for a significant period of time, I think that record is pretty damn good. But all I'm asking you my fellow Bulls fans, is why not Larry Brown? Now, I'll answer the obvious questions as to why you wouldn't want him, and then I'll give you my arguments for why you should. I'll allow you to be the judge.
POINTS AGAINST HIRING LB IMMEDIATELY:
1. BOYLAN IS SLOWLY MAKING THEM CHANGE:
The key word is slowly here. Yes, they're looking better, both on paper and in games. But they still can't finish anybody, and I'm not sure that just anyone can instill that into a team. It's also hard to remove someone who has had the players backing thus far, as Luol Deng wrote in his blog last month::
Jim has been real positive. Even in games when we have stretches of not playing so well, he stays positive and believes in us that we’re going to compete out there and do better. For this team, that’s been the biggest factor right now. Also, the style that he’s bringing in has helped. We’re playing more uptempo, we’re pushing the ball, on timeouts we’re running a lot of different sets just by Jim reading the mismatches out there on the court, and players have been doing a good job of tuning in.
It's seems as though the players like Boylan for not riding their asses all the time, but to me I'm not sure if he knows when to light the fire when needed to.
2. LOOK AT LARRY BROWN'S RECORD:
Notice a reoccuring theme? He comes into a shitty team, makes them better, then they got worse (In the Knicks case, not even Jesus Christ himself could have turned that team around unless he went with a player-coach option). There's simply not enough time to have Larry come in and make the difference felt to salvage this season; let alone new offensive/defensive sets.
3. THIS TEAM WILL GO NOWHERE THIS YEAR ANYWAYS:
Yes, even at 20-30, the Bulls amazingly are only two games out of the 8th seed for the playoffs (Holy shit, we're talking worse then the NFC this past year). But even if they do manage to turn this around, do you really see this team doing anything it hasn't already done? They regressed, not progressed, and would get their asses whipped by Detroit, Orlando and obviously Boston. Brining on Larry now doesn't solve anything for this year.
POINTS FOR HIRING LB:
1. BROWN COMMANDS RESPECT:
Question: How many active coaches in the NBA are currently in the Hall of Fame? If you answered two, you are complete shit for brains (please bite a curb...on second thought, who really gives a shit about the NBA?? Curb is now optional) If you answered one, you are correct, sir. That would be the Zen Master. Brown didn't get there by fucking coincidence, the guy can coach. Yes, the Knicks were awful under his one year tenure, and he got outta there quicker then Heath Ledger did his pharmacist's office. However, he's gotta have a bad taste in his mouth about that, and I think the Bulls would be perfect for him to mold.
2. THIS SEASON IS PRACTICALLY OVER, WHY NOT GET READY FOR NEXT SEASON NOW?
That's the main question you should be asking yourself. This season is officailly fucking worthless in my opinion. In my eyes, it just makes more sense to start over, trade Wallace in any way, shape or form, and start letting Brown go to work. This team is still good; it just needs an architect with the history of proven successes. Jim Boylan is not that man, Brown is. I think Boylan will be a good coach, but he's putting a band-aid on a broken leg at this point.
3. WHAT LOOKS MORE CONVINCING FOR PAXSON?
Johnny pop-a-shot has made some "Kenny Williamsesque" deals recently, and it's starting to bite him in the ass. While Williams likes to throw shit at the wall and see what sticks, Pax prefers to sit on pot and wait. Trade Deng and Gordon? No, he'll wait. Trade Wallace as quickly as fucking possible? Nope, his 1-7 shooting and 5 rebounds are really going to impress someone sooner then later. Paxson needs to convince not only Reinsdorf, but we the paying fans that something is going to change, and change for the better.
These are the thoughts I ponder. Wonder if Pax is thinking along these lines, too.