I will be the first to admit that I am not the biggest basketball fan in the world. I just find the game extremely boring until the last five minutes of the last quarter of the game. Yes, I am your typical bandwagon NBA fan. Sue me!
As a sports fan however, I know that the NBA is a league where you do not rely so much on team play, but on compiling superstars to compete for titles. This past summer we all witnessed the single greatest recruitment job by Pat Riley and Chicago's own Dwayne Wade inking Lebron James and Chris Bosh to multi year deals forming what could be considered (in time) the greatest threesome in NBA history.
Chicago Bulls fans were for the most part were ok missing the LeBron sweepstakes because they knew that the organization had plenty of money under the NBA salary cap to go out and form a better team than the one that took the floor in 2009. New Head Coach Tom Thibodeau and General Manager Gar Forman went out and signed veteran forward Carlos Boozer and 6'7 swingman Kyle Korver among others to form a team which includes only five players from last years roster. The Bulls have had a busy off season to say the least and have been one of the most active teams in the NBA this summer.
Earlier this month rumors began to surface that Denver Nuggets superstar forward Carmelo Anthony was demanding a trade out of Denver with only one year remaining on his contract. One of the rumored teams that Anthony was interested in joining with was indeed our own Chicago Bulls. For the past month sources have said that Carmelo Anthony would be dealt to the Bulls in a deal involving center Joakim Noah, who is (if not the top) a fan favorite at the United Center. For the past couple of weeks, fans have debated back and forth about if they would trade Noah for "Melo".
Honestly I found it shocking how much love Noah was getting from fans/bloggers/columnists/TV personalities for a guy who does very little on the stat sheet but a lot on the court. The latest news today is that the Chicago Bulls are out of the running for the services of Carmelo Anthony with a deal in the works involving the New Jersey Nets among other teams.
Is Joakim Noah really that much of a centerpiece to winning a title?
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