Normally, as a Celtics fan, I would not invest keystrokes into a piece about the Chicago Bulls, but as a displaced fan who needs an (live) NBA fix every now and then I am excited to see that the Bulls have some leverage and could perhaps make some strategic moves with the #1 pick in the draft. So, what should they do?
First Option: dump Hinrich for Corey Maggette Hinrich makes too many bad decisions on the court. In college, you can get away with that. Plus, you can pick up Chicago native, Derrick Rose with the first pick, bunk him up with Ben Gordon and start molding him as the club’s franchise point guard. Then, pick up Corey Maggette from the Clippers. With Maggette and Thomas (Tyrus) on the court at the same time, teams will not be able to keep up with their strength and athleticism.
Second Option: Trade the #1 Lottery pick for Shaq Would be cool to have Shaq in Chicago!
Third Option: dump Deng, pick up Beasley Deng had a rough year, but is still a premiere talent and the Bulls could get a quality veteran (with the extra cash) if he opts to exercise his free agency. Beasley would look nice next to Tyrus Thomas, scary. But, they still need a tough center, Noah is an enthusiastic player, but he needs to pack on some muscle if he is going to be able to do some damage underneath.
Option 1 is the smartest way for them to go, as long as they can keep Ben Gordon.
I was recently in NYC for a quick lunch. This was the first time that I have been to NYC since moving to Chicago. And, as it is always a battle of who’s better, I offer the following notable differences between NYC and Chicago.
Stench: as I walked out of Grand Central Station in NYC, the stench hit me first; Chicago’s has some malodorous attributes, but nothing like NYC. One point for Chicago.
Cleanliness: I never get over how clean Chicago is (except for on Illinois under Michigan Ave.) and NYC can be described best through an experience I had a few years ago. I stayed downtown for 4 days at a friends apt (midtown). His balcony was supposed light gray, but when I stepped out onto his deck, black soot was caked all over it. He shared that it was power-washed once-a-month. And, when I got back to Maine my boogers were black, perhaps TMI, but it’s the truth. Point for Chicago.
Theater: NYC wins this one by numbers, but Chicago has Second City, NYC can’t compete with that. No points.
Cabbies: this is a toss up, both are reckless, but in my experience cabbies in NYC offer more intelligent conversations. Point for NYC.
Fans: Chicago wins over NYC. NYC fans are wimps. Point for Chicago.
Icon: No one beats Michael Jordan. Point for Chicago.
Nightlife: Chicago wins this one too. It all comes down to vibe. There is not better nightlife vibe than in Chicago. Point for Chicago.
Weather: NYC wins in a landslide. Chicago is brutal in the winter. Point for NYC.
Homeless: Chicago homeless are extremely polite and proactive. Point for Chicago.
Cost of living: NYC is almost impossible to live in, Chicago gets another point.
Restaurants: tough call here. Both are known for their eateries. No point given.