Interesting new article by Eric Pincus of Hoopsworld. Is Kobe tearing that team apart all the way from LA?
Hoopsworld: The Chicago Bulls are coming off of an impressive playoff showing last season – sweeping the Miami Heat right out of the first round. Management brought back Andres Nocioni and replaced PJ Brown with the suitable Joe Smith. They also drafted a proven winner in Joakim Noah.
So why are the Bulls a complete mess?
A cynic in Los Angeles joked that Kobe Bryant ruined the chemistry on two teams – the Lakers and Bulls. Fans at the United Center in Chicago are now chanting Kobe’s name during the now recurring home losses.
Ironically the Lakers are quietly showing signs of chemistry (3-2) while Chicago is toiling (1-5). While it’s too early to panic, the Bulls set themselves up for the fall when they didn’t sign Luol Deng and Ben Gordon to long-term extensions.
Bryant has made it very clear behind the scenes that he wants to be a Bull. What are fans to think? The front office wouldn’t commit to Deng and Gordon – why should they?