I do not understand this comment from your most recent answers. You wrote: "And I don't see it happening ever with Vince, as the Bulls would have to trade practically their entire team--or Jalen Rose--to match up cap-wise with Carter's salary."
I did some research, and, according to USA Today, the combined salaries this season of Eddie Robinson, Marcus Fizer and Travis Best are $11.33 million. Why wouldn't these salaries be able to match up with Vince Carter's salary for next season (when his new deal begins)? Wouldn't the Bulls be able to make it work cap-wise with a sign and trade deal involving Best, ERob, Fizer and their first-round pick? --Aaron Shafter, Chicago
NBA this year. Would you trade Best, Fizer, ERob and a first-round pick for him?
Last week, you wrote the Bulls would have to trade practically their entire team to match up cap-wise with Vince Carter's salary in a trade. Well, if they packaged their No. 1 draft pick along with Eddie Robinson ($5 million) and Oakley ($7 million) in a sign-and-trade, that would just about equal Carter's $13 million a year. The numbers wouldn't be exact, but Krause could find a way to make it work, I'm sure. --Louis Toedt, Elmhurst, Ill.
Read the above answer. Also, both Best's and Oakley's salaries are up after this season, and while Best's will probably go up in a sign-and-trade scenario, Oakley's surely will go down. No team will be paying him anywhere near $7 million next season.
Any change of heart on the potential of Bagaric in light of his break-out game against the Knicks? Paul Peterson, Lincolnshire, Ill.
No. For a more detailed answer, please see below.
Has Dalibor Bagaric gotten better this year? What chance does he have to be a Bull next year? I think hes terrible and shouldn't be brought back. --Chad Wooten, Chicago
Dalibor will be a Bull next year since he has another guaranteed year on his rookie contract as a first-round pick. Terrible may be too strong a word, but slow, cumbersome and predictable (in terms of his moves) seem to fit. The guy works hard. Very hard. And Krause and, to a lesser extent, Cartwright like him. They both love his work ethic. I just don't see him ever being a legitimate player, despite his excellent size.
Why do so few inside players use the hook shot? When perfected it is an effective weapon. Is it too difficult, are the players unwilling to work hard enough to perfect it or does the league defend it too well in this era? I could see Tyson Chandler devastating defenders in the low blocks with a nice Kareem-like sky hook. --Curt Fieleke, Belton, Mo.
Hook shots don't get on SportsCenter. That's too easy an answer, but it has to be part of it. Hilariously enough (as the All Dalibor, All the Time answers continue), Bagaric uses a hook shot. But it has been well-scouted and even though the shot is difficult to block, his has been several times this season.
With everyone talking about Chandler and Curry for the Bulls future, I believe that Trenton Hassell has been greatly overlooked. Could it be possible that he may end up on the All-Rookie second team? Michael A. Senn, Ft. Myers, Fla.
Hassell certainly hasn't been overlooked by the coaching staff. They absolutely love the kid. He's been something, especially defensively, hasn't he? Last week, he shut down Stackhouse and Sprewell in back-to-back games--as a second-round pick. Impressive. The All-Rookie teams are selected by the coaches, and I think he definitely has a shot to make second team. Let's put it this way: He deserves it.
You're awesome! Love your column and your name! Since the season is ending and the players have all summer to forget what you said, how about giving us your NBA "We drive the coach nuts" All-Star team? (The psycho five, if you will) I assume Rasheed is captain. Who else receives the honorary Prozac trophy? I dare you to answer this! Curt Nichols, K.C., Mo. 65030
I can only speak of players that I've covered, but make sure to reserve a spot for Ron Artest. He's one of my favorite athletes I've ever covered, but his intensity also can border on destructive. Just ask Isiah Thomas, who has certainly had his hands full since the trade went down.
Hey Sunshine, how do trades happen? I mean, what are the actual legal mechanics? Are league-mandated forms filled out and then signed with a notary public present? Does Jerry Krause arrange to meet another GM in the middle of a bridge late at night, where both sides hand the form over, not letting go till the other side does? Seriously, how does this work? --Dan Brennan, Madison, Wis.
Paperwork is filed with the league office and the players' association. Trades don't become official until the paperwork is filed and the players are notified, which is why they waited so late in the day to announce the Rose trade, even though it was for all practical purposes consumated earlier in the day.
I don't know about you, but if the Bulls had Eddie Robinson healthy for the whole year, I think we could have about eight to 10 more wins. I really hope he does not have another season like he did this year, which was none because he was hurt virtually the entire season. --Gabriel Medellin, Chicago
I'm not big into the guessing game on how many more victories the Bulls would've had because that's pure speculation. But I do think they would've been a better offensive team earlier in the season, which was a huge problem area at that point. Trust me: He's more frustrated by all of this than anybody else.