shared air

Paul had a chance to leave us when we were bad…And instead of moaning that he wanted to go to a championship team, he stayed. And he said, ‘I simply want to be a Celtic and I trust that we’re going to win a title someday.’ He had no reason to believe that, at that time. I mean, we were pretty awful. And to me, I wish people talked about his loyalty more, because I think that’s special, especially in this day and time, when everybody’s jumping from team to team. And that’s their right, too; I don’t begrudge that with anybody. But I do think it’s special that Paul Pierce decided that he wanted to be a Celtic for his life. And I think that’s pretty cool. In this day and time, in any sport, I think that’s special.
If any game demonstrates the sometimes lackluster play plaguing the early weeks of this cobbled together semi-season, it’s last Thursday’s Miami Heat/Atlanta Hawks game, quite possibly the least loved triple overtime game in NBA history.

Maybe it’s the burden of living up to the Jordan era, though the 1990s are growing increasingly distant to today’s stars. Maybe it’s the ghost and lingering taint of Jerry Krause, the former Bulls GM who was ridiculed by Jordan, Scottie Pippen and others for his attitude toward players in spite of all the winning — though Krause is long gone, too.

Maybe there’s some innate jealousy or leeriness around Rose, the local kid who will remain this team’s “centerpiece,” as Forman calls him, no matter how many big names join him in Chicago. Maybe it’s Thibodeau’s defensive bent and the work that entails.

Maybe it’s the sense that the Bulls are content with an old-school approach to team building, where complementary parts, clearly defined roles and chemistry presumably make up for marquee wattage and individual, even advanced stats. Or maybe it really is the wind chill.

I’m going to put this on the record. Doc already committed that he was coming back with me so he can’t go back against his word…We just signed a contract about 10 minutes ago.
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