If the Bulls have a chance to draft either Julian Wright or Joakim Noah, who would you take to try to slow down LeBron? He looks like he is going to be a force for the next 10 years but the Bulls could have Deng, Thomas and Noah to send at him. --Jim Harlan, Chicago
There are no LeBron stoppers. I like Noah and would take him if he is available. He has some personality, which we like in the media, and while he's not a scorer or shooter, I think he'll annoy big guys with his hustle and enthusiasm. You get the feeling he'd actually try to play Shaq and have some fun with it. Though what's with the hair? I had been considering that style but it seems passé now.
I think it would be a good time. As I've never seen anyone in the media wear a headband, I've always assumed it applies to us as well. And I'm ready for a new look, as I said, dude.
Does John Paxson have the courage to step up and acquire Kobe Bryant? I think this is the Bulls best chance to win a championship again and with what we can offer it's the Lakers best chance to redefine their team. I propose we trade Gordon or Hinrich, the No. 9 pick and sign and trade Nocioni and PJ Brown to balance the $. --Bill Mergenthal, Glava, Ill.
Yes. Can he? No. As I've said before, I don't see Kobe being traded for any reason. It makes no sense at all for the Lakers. And despite what some have written, I don't see the players the Bulls have as appealing to the Lakers. The Bulls have some good players, but what the playoffs showed as much as anything was you have the best chance to win with a star. I'd keep Kobe and I'm quite sure the Lakers will as well. But I'm also quite sure Paxson would deal anyone to get him.
Kobe Bryant for Sefolosha, Luol Deng, and Ben Wallace, plus the ninth pick. Then we have Kirk, Gordon, Bryant, Thomas and re-sign PJ Brown. I know I'm dreaming. --Dave, Trevor, Wis.
Go back to sleep.
I am absolutely (absolutely) crazy about Corey Brewer. I think he may be the best defensive player I've ever seen and I'm pretty sure he'll be gone by the ninth pick. What do you think the likelihood of them trading up (Nocioni sign and trade?) to get him? --Pat Fox, Villa Park, Ill.
None. Let's not get too carried away by Nocioni. He's a nice player to have, but a reserve or bit starter. No one is going to give up a pick and potential star player (and this draft has a half dozen or more of them) for him. The Bulls also don't have a history of moving up and giving up a player. They've always viewed that as too costly. I don't think the Bulls are as enthusiastic about Brewer as you since they have Luol Deng at that position.
I don't get the infatuation with Nick Collison. He's not really much of an offensive threat other than put backs. With the Nuggets not going far in the playoffs, what do you think the odds are that Nene would be available? What would it take to get him? --Khyle, Lindenhurst, Ill.
Collison could be available, which is reason enough. He's a hard worker and committed player who can score some, if not tall enough to meet the Bulls' main frontcourt needs. They liked Nene a few years ago when there was some chance he could be available. I seriously doubt he will be again. The Nuggets have floated Marcus Camby's name, but he has a big contract and small scoring game. Next!
I'm a UW Husky grad, fan, season ticket-holder. I can tell you that Spencer Hawes is a stud not unlike Brandon Roy. It hasn't been seen, because he was sick, lost a lot of weight, played alongside a rebounding machine in John Brockman and was forced to play an uptempo game. But when the ball was in his hands he delivered. He simply manhandled Aaron Gray of Pitt heads up and showed his range with a overtime forcing three-pointer against USC. He should be the third pick in the draft and the team that lands him will find a player much like Roy -- skilled, athletic and of high character. --Marc Taylor, Seattle
As long as you have no bias. I assume he's on the Bulls' radar, but he is awfully raw. At No. 9, he fits the profile of the kind of player the Bulls need, a potential low-post scorer. But I've heard he's exceptionally weak and obviously inexperienced and Aaron Gray is a second rounder, anyway. No one consults me on these things, but I'd pass since I think he is way too far away and given the Bulls' situation and the way the East is, I see the Bulls needing more immediate help.
Who is the best big man not named Oden in the draft that can suit the Bulls best and complement Big Ben's defense? And has the offensive threat that we need? --Jayvy Cristi, Marikina, Philippines
Probably Al Horford, the Florida power forward. He should be gone in the top five, and I don't see him getting to No. 9 in any scenario.
It has become fashionable, almost de rigueur, to invoke advanced statistical analysis on various NBA blogs across the internet wasteland. Even pundits in the mainstream media have begun to rely on seemingly sophisticated statistical aggregates. Recently, I read an article that indicated some NBA teams have hired statisticians to gauge player performance. What is your take on advanced statistical tools such as PER, the Roland rating, and various other metrics? Based on your experience with the Bulls, how do Skiles and Paxson view those tools? --Nicholas Secco, Chicago
My advice is not to read the writers who use those. They are tools; the problem is people who use those extensively don't watch and often miss the finer points of the game. I recall one of those on plus/minus listing Ben Gordon as the Bulls' best defender. There's the old line about lies, damned lies and statistics. And the story of the man who drowned in a pool that averaged three feet deep. There are some useful points made in those analyses about certain players in certain situations, but they are better applied to baseball, which is more an individual sport. What occurs in basketball--played right--involves players doing things to help one another and the team, things that can't be measured in those analyses. I find most to be way off base. As older school types, I don't think the Bulls rely them extensively, though they are made available to the staff and can be of some curiosity.
What's the chance of Paxson going after Rashard Lewis this summer to fill that post presence? While he is an awesome perimeter player, the guy does have a lot of good back-to-the-basket moves if needed. He could be like a younger, more athletic Rasheed Wallace to complement Ben and Tyrus. --Ancel, Santa Ana, Calif.
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