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Did You Motherfuckers Just Lose to the Heat?

April 9, 2008

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Dear Chicago Bulls,

Wow. Quite a game last night. Playing against an abortion of a shitfest of an abonination–a team with a starting five of Chris Quinn, Daequan Cook, Mark Blount, Ricky Davis, and Earl Barron–you lost by 7. Seriously…..you just lost to a team that boasted Kasib Powell as its leading scorer. A Kasib Powell that was named the Developmental League’s MVP a few weeks ago. A fucking D-League player dropped 20 on you. I mean, the Heat were losers of 7 in a row and 10 of 11, and hadn’t beaten a team other than Milwaukee since February. And you asswipes lost to them?

Kirk Hinrich, you just signed a multi-year deal in the offseason worth upwards of $11 million – $12 million per. You were a lottery pick. Matched up with Quinn, you went 2-for-5 from the field in 30 minutes of play, scoring 5 points and tossing 4 assists. Quinn slightly outplayed you to the tune of 16 points, 6 assists, and 2 steals in 30 minutes. By the way, Chris Quinn was an undrafted free agent from Notre Dame who averaged about 8 minutes per game–career–until the Heat gave up on the season a few months back.

Hey Ben Gordon: great effort. “They wanted it more and played a lot harder as a team,” Gordon said. “A lot of their guys are playing just to stay in the NBA, so they definitely had a higher level of intensity than we showed.” Read that quote. Its coming from a guy who is in a contract year, by the way. Oh, and his team needed this win to stay alive for the postseason.

As a team, you allow the Heat to shoot 48 percent from the field. You blew an 11-point lead late in the third quarter to a team that hasn’t come back from that large of a deficit all season. To be fair, Tyrus Thomas did outscore Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem combined. By four. But Thomas played 30 minutes, and I don’t think D-Wade and U-Has (?) were even in the building last night. So thats not as good as I originally thought.

John Paxson, I bought season tickets for this year’s team for two reasons–One, I believed that this team was ready to take that step to become one of the Eastern Conference’s elite. Two, I thought that there might be a chance you would acquire Kobe Bryant and give this team the edge it needed to compete with the league’s best. Neither happened, obviously. And I blame you. Your insistance that this core group of players–Hinrich, Thomas, Gordon, Luol Deng–was good enough to win a title has cost Bulls fans a chance to see something special. You could of traded any of these guys in a package for Kevin Garnett. Or Pau Gasol. Or Bryant. Instead, you stood pat, made a horrible Ben Wallace signing and draft blunders like Thomas over LaMarcus Aldridge. You got almost nothing for Tyson Chandler, who is thriving in New Orleans (albeit with the best point guard in the league, something he could have used in Chicago). You signed Captain Kirk to the aforementioned huge deal. To wrap it all up, you fired a good NBA coach–Scott Skiles–because a bunch of players didn’t like him. And you replaced him with an ineffective, powerless, borderline assistant, effectively throwing away the season.

I grew up in the 80s and followed the maturation of Michael Jordan and one of the greatest teams in NBA history. I saw my favorite team win 6 NBA titles. So maybe I was spoiled by that. But living through the 1998-99 through 2002-2003 seasons means I have a right to expect more. Watching this team lose to the Minnesota Timberwolves was bad enough; watching them get eliminated from playoff contention by a fucking D-League roster is an embarassment. Mr. Reinsdorf, make firing Paxson your first order of business. Send Jim Boylan with him, along with Gordon, Deng, and Chris Duhon. See if you can get anything for the others. Start over. I’d rather go through another 4 years of crap than watch a talented team not care for another season.

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Catching Up With the Western Conference and MVP Race

March 10, 2008

On February 14, I wrote about the awesome NBA Western Conference and the oasis it was providing during the slow post-NFL/pre-March Madness period. Now that this slow season is ending, lets take a look at the West again.

On the date of that post, the standings were as follows:

New Orleans (36-15)
Phoenix (36-16)
Dallas (35-17)
Utah (34-19)
LA Lakers (35-17)
San Antonio (34-17)
Golden State (32-20)
Houston (32-20)
Denver (32-20)
Portland (28-24)

Here they are today:

LA Lakers (44-19)
San Antonio (43-19)
Houston (42-20)
Utah (42-22)
New Orleans (42-20)
Phoenix (41-22)
Dallas (40-23)
Golden State (39-23)
Denver (37-25)

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As you can see, the only thing that has been determined is that Portland (33-30) is still one year away from making a serious run at the playoffs in the West. While Denver is currently in the 9 slot and capable of making a run for a spot, the Nuggets’ complete disregard for defense will not allow that to happen.

The Lakers are 9-2 since my last post and have gone from the 5 seed to the 1. The Spurs have the same record over the past 11 and have also valuted 4 slots, from 6 to 2. Utah and New Orleans have held relatively steady: the Jazz are 8-3 and the Hornets are 6-5. But thats where the kray-z-ness begins. Dallas has added one of the best point guards in NBA history and gone 5-6, dropping from the 3 seed to the 7. Phoenix took a chance and added one of the best centers of all time, and have gone 5-6, dropping from the 2 seed to the 6.

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On February 14, the Houston Rockets were 32-20, battling for the 8 seed and having won 8 in a row. Since then, they’ve won 10 games in a row while losing Yao Ming for the season. All righty. Meanwhile, the never-talked-about Golden State Warriors have gone 7-3 and have held on to the 8th seed in the West. After what they pulled last year, and how the Oracle has proven to be one of the toughest places to play in the world, who the hell would want to play the Warriors in round 1?

Lets look at the current playoff picture, even though these matchups will change 100 times by April. Lakers-Warriors: that will be fun; Spurs-Mavs: of course these teams will match up; Rockets-Suns: I know the Rockets are hot, but I don’t see how Phoenix loses this series; Jazz-Hornets: holy shit, I might have an orgasm if I see CP3 against Deron Williams for up to 7 games. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

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I’m not the only one getting ahead of myself. Suddenly, the Lakers are everyone’s pick to run away with the title. The addition of Pau Gasol has suddenly made L.A. the best team in the league, bar none. Look above–teams are jumping or falling 4 or 5 slots in a span of 3 weeks. The Houston Rockets won eight in a row, lost their best player, and promptly won another 10 in a row. The Mavs and Suns have each added fantastic players and dropped severely in the West. So how can any of these experts be so sure that L.A. is going to win the title? If they lose 4 straight, they’ll be fighting for the 6 seed.

Also, I really don’t understand the apparent understanding the media has among themselves to give Kobe Bryant the MVP award. Kobe may be the best player in the league right now, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s the most valuable. The Lakers were 29-16 when they acquired Gasol; they are 15-3 since. Now I’m not saying that Gasol is better than Kobe, or that he is more valuable. But without Gasol, its entirely possible the Lakers would be fighting for the 8 seed right now. So how can Kobe be the MVP?

Bryant is the clear-cut third choice this year. I firmly believed that our guy in the banner pic was the MVP up until about two weeks ago, and then I started to sway. While I truly love what Paul has done for the Hornets and the point guard position, I have to declare LB23 as the 2008 MVP to this point. I know now points really need to be made to prove that LeBron is a great player, but to prove he is the MVP, look at this:

PPG: 30.9
RPG: 8.0
APG: 7.4
SPG: 2.0
BPG: 1.0
FG %: .487
FT %: .717

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And he has no fucking help. But the media is going to give it to Kobe because he didn’t get it before? I fucking quit.

Holy Shit….These Guys Are REALLY Done

March 4, 2008

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So, I was listening to sports talk radio today, and my favorite afternoon team–Dan Bernstein and Terry Boers on WSCR 670 ‘The Score’–were discussing the Bulls’ inability to win three games in a row. They were looking over the Bulls’ remaining schedule to determine if it was going to happen in the final two months.

Folks, not only will this piece of shit team not win three in a row, they might struggle to win three total. OK, thats a bit of hyperbole, but check out this remaining schedule:

Memphis, Cleveland, at Boston, at Detroit, Utah, Philadelphia, at New Orleans, New Jersey, San Antonio, Indiana, Atlanta, at Philadelphia, at Atlanta, Milwaukee, Boston, at Cleveland, Washington, at Miami, at Orlando, Cleveland, Orlando, at Milwaukee, Toronto.

I knew this team wasn’t a contender; that was apparent by the end of November. But as a season ticket holder, I held out hope of a late run, resulting in the 7 or 8 seed and perhaps an entertaining playoff series against Boston or Detroit, in which the Bulls managed a win or two. But look at that schedule. There’s no way. Lets analyze this:

– Here are the “definite” wins (by no means are any of these wins guaranteed by NWMJ; however, I would be surprised if the Bulls didn’t beat these teams): Memphis, Indiana, Milwaukee, at Miami. So that is four wins.

– Here are the games they could win, but by no means do I expect the Bulls to prevail: Philadelphia, New Jersey, Atlanta, at Philadelphia, at Atlanta, Washington. There’s six games that the Bulls ‘could’ win, but will probably go 3-3 in (or worse).

– And here are the games that if the Bulls win, I’ll be shocked: Cleveland, at Boston, at Detroit, Utah, at New Orleans, San Antonio, Boston, at Cleveland, at Orlando, Cleveland, Orlando, and Toronto. Lets say that out of those 12 games, the Bulls miracously pull out 3. And thats stretching it, my friends.

So looking at this optimistically, the Bulls will garner another 10 wins. That will put the squad at 33-49, and even that is not good enough to make the 8 seed in the East.

Awesome Plan, Simmons

February 29, 2008

While writing about the pending hijack of the Seattle SuperSonics by new owner Clay Bennett, ESPN’s Bill Simmons has published numbers and numbers of emails from frustrated (and rightly so) Sonics fans.

Today, Simmons tried to offer solutions or ideas for Sonics fans to retailiate against Bennett and the NBA:

Anyway, as soon as the third quarter ends for one of Seattle’s upcoming home games, the Sonics fans should simply leave their seats and walk onto the court. Don’t be violent, don’t antagonize anyone … just walk onto the court en masse, and as soon as the court is filled with people, start chanting, “SAVE OUR SONICS!” for 10 minutes straight. Assuming you had 3,000-4,000 people stroll onto the court, there’s no possible way they could arrest everyone, and if they called the game, who cares? You were probably losing the game, anyway. The crucial thing to remember is that it should be done as non-aggressively as possible; the rest of the nation won’t be sympathetic to your cause if you act like jerks. And you shouldn’t chant anything like “BENNETT SUCKS!” or “STERN SUCKS!” You want everything to be as simple and benevolent as possible.

If you could pull this stunt off in a dignified way, it could be incredibly effective and raise the right amount of national awareness for this issue. (In fact, it would be the dominant story of that week and make the sports radio/talk show rotation.) I’m not going to pick the game for you, but I will say that you should pick a Sunday, Monday or Tuesday game so the story (and the highlights) can get national attention for the rest of the work week. Remember, carry yourselves with dignity and don’t act like jerks.

Yes, Bill, a plan where approximately 4,000 fans walk onto the court during a timeout during an NBA game couldn’t possibly go wrong. Yes, be sure to point out numerous times during your column that the fans shouldn’t “act like jerks” and should “act dignified.” Because three-quarters through a NBA game, the fans aren’t at all drunk and can be trusted to act in a civilized manner.

Bill, I understand your frustration at this situation. But asking that thousands of people charge the playing surface of a professional sporting event is asking for trouble and is, for lack of a better term, dumb. Just a few years ago the Palace of Auburn Hills was the setting for a massive brawl between players and fans. Now you want thousands of fans to take the court, and you think that you can count on the fact that out of all those angry, frustrated, and possibly intoxicated spectators, not one will fight a cop, or push another spectator, or perhaps something worse?

Bill, you’re one of my favorite writers, and while I’ve felt you’ve severely ‘lost your fastball’ over the past 6-12 months, the passage I read today was by far your most idiotic of your career. And perhaps more importantly, it was irresponsible.

What to Watch This Weekend

February 29, 2008

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Well, we’re getting closer to the time of year when sports fans come out of their hibernation and realize that the NBA is heating up, college hoops is in full swing, NFL free agency is at its peak, and baseball is starting. Here are the things I’m going to be watching this weekend:

College Basketball: All in all, a pretty shitty weekend for college hoops. On Saturday, there are two games which jump out–Washington State at Stanford and Georgetown at Marquette. Out of those four teams, I could see Georgetown doing something in March. Although Stanford is 8th in the country and playing in a competitive Pac-10, I don’t see the Cardinal making a run deep into the tourney. On Sunday, the Pac-10 is again highlighted as number 4 UCLA travels to Arizona to play the Wildcats. Arizona is a team on the bubble who just got spanked by USC and is dangerously close to falling out of tournament consideration. A win against the Bruins would put them right back in the race for a spot. And, if like me you are constantly subjected to Big Ten basketball, Indiana travels to Michigan State. If either team breaks 60, expect confetti to fall from the rafters and Spartan cheerleaders to service the student section in excitement.

NBA: My hard-on for the Western Conference continues tonight as Utah goes to New Orleans to play the Hornets. Deron Williams looks to beat Chris Paul in a battle of the two best point guards in the league (yeah, that includes you, Nash). Also, the Lakers play Portland and the hard-charging shitty Bulls host Washington. And while Saturday’s schedule is pretty barren, Sunday is chock full of excitement. The previously mentioned Bulls go to Cleveland and I get to watch LeBron, as well as fuckface Ben Wallace and one of the top teams in the East. The second game of the doubleheader is my highlight of the weekend, unless the Bears sign someone of significance (which is highly fucking unlikely): Dallas at LA Lakers. Watching the Lakers right now is really, really fun. The addition of Pau Gasol has taken the team from a 4-6 seed to the team to beat, and the team’s offense is really, really pretty to watch. When Andrew Bynum comes back, the Lakers could run right through the toughest West in history. And if that wasn’t enough, Denver goes to Houston at night as the Rockets look to become the 28th straight team to make Denver’s ‘defense’ look shitty.

NFL free agency: Nothing really to report here. Its always fun to see where the true impact players wind up, and this year’s crop in that category include some players that I would love for the Bears to get, like Michael Turner, Marion Barber, Randy Moss, Dante Stallworth, and Alan Faneca . Unfortunately, none of that is realistic. I don’t even know if I would want Moss; I don’t think he’d be particularly happy here and we’d just end up with the Oakland version of Moss, not the version which showed up for most of 2007. Outside of my hatred for where my hometown Bears seem to be headed, it looks like Dallas is the most interesting team of the off-season. From rumors that they will look to deal Barber and draft Darren McFadden to recent rumblings that they are going to target Moss, the Cowboys will be fun to watch. Other very recent moves include Jonathan Vilma being traded to the Saints, Kris Jenkins going to the Jets, and Corey Williams headed to Cleveland.

Outside of sports, it seems that ‘Semi-Pro’ is opening this week. I’ll end up seeing it because ‘Anchorman’ is the funniest movie of all time, and now I am relegated to see every piece of shit Will Ferrell does because of the off-chance that it will measure up. But I won’t see it on opening weekend with all the retards and children, and I’ll go to a matinee instead of a prime-time show. Yeah, I saved 3 dollars…..suck on that, Ferrell!!!

PS–The picture is only up there because ScarJo has a movie coming out today too. I won’t see it in a million years, but I will support her by posting a pic of her on my blog.

A Night at the U.C.

February 23, 2008

United Center

As I’ve mentioned before, I have partial season tickets to the Bulls this year. My friend Neil and I purchased 11 games, and this is the 8th we have had tics for. So far this year, we are 0-5, and we sold the tickets to the two other games. So obviously, this investment was turned out terrific for the two of us. Neil had been prodding me to write an entry about a Bulls game, a sort of Simmons-esque running diary of the experience of watching a Bulls game this year. We figured that Friday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets would be as good game as any to write about.

**-Upon waiting for Neil to show up at Gate 2 prior to the game, I watch the people enter the U.C. I then see a guy wearing the greatest jersey of the season so far, even better than the dude wearing an authentic Bears Kordell Stewart jersey a few months ago: this cat had a Trent Tucker jersey. Yeah, thats right. Trent. Tucker.
**-Neil shows up and we make our way up to the 300 level about 15 minutes prior to game time. We get our beers and then spend the next fifteen minutes before tip walking up the stairs to our seats, intermittedly stopping to get oxygen and check our heart monitors. Our seats aren’t that bad; we’re just out of shape and somewhat fat.
**-Finally, the game is about to start. Before the game, like at many sporting events now, the Bulls show a two or three minute highlight film which showcases past great Bulls and then eventually transitions to the key players of today. This year this film has been more comedic than anything for Neil and I. It starts out great…….the movie shows some of the underrated good players of the early 70s like Norm van Lier, Bob Love, and Jerry Sloan, and then shows the guys that we all grew up idolizing (Michael, Scottie, etc.). Then, when it comes time to show the “stars” of today, the names like Duhon, Hinrich, and Sefolosha seem pretty anti-climatic.
*–The game begins, and its already obvious to Neil and I that the 15 year old kid sitting behind us is going to provide us with an immense amount of entertainment. He’s probably watched about 6 NBA games in his life, yet he’s discussing strategies like he’s James Naismith. At one point, the Bulls get a technical foul for illegal defense, and the Nugs send Carmelo Anthony to the line to shoot the free throw. Probably a good call; he’s shooting 81 percent from the line this year. “Why do they have Carmelo shooting the free throw? A.I. is a much better shooter,” proclaims little Naismith. (By the way, Iverson is also shooting 81 percent–but is a career 76 percent free throw shooter compared to Anthony’s 82 percent).
**-A very entertaining first quarter is highlighted by the Bulls opening up a 33-21 lead, a few nice dunks, some very athletic blocked shots by Tyrus Thomas and Joakim Noah, and the teenage white trash couple in the two seats in front of us realizing they have made a grave mistake. By about the 4 minute mark of the 1st quarter, they realize our stupid heckling and inane comments, peppered with ‘fuck’ and ‘cocksucker’, don’t make for the best date atmosphere. The girl was pretty hot though.
**-Which brings me to another point: I never knew that Bulls games were such an attraction for underage ass. You would think Cubs games would be the go-to sporting events for jailbait in this town, and you’re probably right. But considering the U.C. isn’t exactly on the best side of town, Neil and I have both been really surprised at how many young girls go to these games by themselves. Honestly, the only thing that surprises us more is how drunk they get when we buy them one beer. Great investment for $5.50 guys.
**-By the mid-second quarter, Neil and I are discussing–loudly–our friend’s habit of letting his parents run his life despite being 31 years old. “Why’s John being such a pussy?”, I ask. “I don’t know, motherfucker…..he’s being a bitch.” Meanwhile, little James Naismith watches as Ben Gordon penetrates and puts up a wild layup attempt, missing badly. “He should of kicked it out to Noah!”, he says. “He was wide open from 22 feet!” Yes…..thats what the Bulls need. More perimeter opportunities for Joakim Noah.
**-Speaking of Noah, during a timeout, the Bulls do a ‘get-to-know-you’ thing with Joakim on the scoreboard. One of the questions is ‘Whats your dream job?’ Noah answers, ‘I’d like to run a fruit stand.’ Really? You’re making millions of dollars a year at age 22 playing a sport for a living, and your dream job is selling peaches to tourists for 20 dollars a day? Neil and I are stunned into silence by this.
**-The half ends with a crazy Bulls run, and suddenly the potent Chitown hoops club is up 68-55 at the intermission. The crowd is stunned, as are Neil and I. Little Naismith proclaims that this is what the Bulls should of been doing all along, “Just shooting.” What an offensive mastermind. “It also helps that they’re shooting 64 percent,” I say to Neil. Little Naismith seems upset, but Neil and I are too determined to get more beer.
**-While walking around the concourse during the half, a Bulls fan gets to really enjoy the wide variety of legal ass in the building. It must be the high-priced seats, but the hot soccer moms are out in full force during Friday and Saturday night games.
**-Neil decides to get in the Sweet Treats line for some halftime ice cream. “You’re gay,” I proclaim, and I leave him there to go back to our seats. As the third quarter starts, the Bulls are on fire, opening up a 20-point lead. Meanwhile, the couple sitting in front of us AND little Naismith and his family are all gone. Neil and I must have really been on our game.
**-By the time Neil comes back, the third quarter is almost over. With room to stretch out and only our friends, the fellow season ticket holders, around us, Neil and I get comfortable and loud. “This wouldn’t be happening if Fat Lever were still here,” I deadpan, loudly. “Where’s Alex English? I wanted to talk to him about his groundbreaking role in ‘Amazing Grace and Chuck!”, Neil says, exasperated. The NBA junkies sitting around us love it; others, not so much.
**-Meanwhile, the game has become the most exciting Bulls game Neil and I have been to since 1997. The Bulls are up 101-87 after three, and both teams are just running up and down the court, shooting and dunking. The guys a few rows behind us are good and drunk, and are thrilled because the Bulls have scored 100 and we now get free Big Macs. “I’m trying to get fed, fool!” and “I haven’t had a free Big Mac since that chickenhead I used to fuck was working the fryer back in 92!” are among the statements made. There really is nothing like the 300 level at a Bulls game. Neil and I are very excited that someone used the word ‘chickenhead’. Its about time that word came back.

(A “quick” story about that game in 97: the Bulls were playing the Sonics the year after they met in the Finals. The Bulls won in overtime as Michael hit two free throws after a, shall we say, suspicious foul call on Gary Payton with about a second left. It was a great game, but what made it really great were the other things that happened that night. We went with two girls, one of whom got the tickets from her dad’s work. The seats were awesome, in the 100 level just in front of the private suites. In fact, our seats were just in front of the suite used by Michael’s family, and we even got to talk to his mother. I think I thanked her for having her son. She was nice, saying “Ahhh…you’re welcome, sweetie,” and then I’m sure she called security. Also, the two girls we went with got on the big screenb during two seperate timeouts, mostly because one of them had blond hair and a huge rack. Then, after the game, Neil’s friend–who worked as a ballboy–asked us if we wanted to stand just outside the locker room and meet the players as they came out.

So we got down there, and we saw all the great players in that game come out, one by one. Payton, Shawn Kemp, Scottie, Rodman…..all of them. I shook hands with the great Luc Longley and told him ‘Great game Luc.’ I think he had about 6 points. He said “Thanks mate.” Yeah…..’mate.’ My girlfriend at the time, who we shall call ‘Hungry’, got a picture with George Karl. We saw Scottie’s woman go into the locker room and later come out with him, and needless to say she was ridiclously hot. But finally, the moment we had been waiting for…….Michael came out. My hero, three feet away. I don’t know if you’ve ever been around someone that famous, but if you’re not prepared for the experience, you swallow your tongue. You can’t say anything. Eventually, the big breasted blond yells out, in her whiter than white suburban girl voice, “Great game, buddy!” to Michael. Easily the funniest shit ever, as about 25 people then laughed and mocked her. Then, as we were leaving, we had to walk past G.P. and his family and friends, and I actually bumped into him. Remember, he was called for a bullshit foul that cost his team the game about an hour earlier. He gave me a look, and I honestly thought I was going to be on the news. ‘Idiot bumps into the Glove; gets knocked the fuck out….story at 10’. But I said “Sorry,” avoided eye contact, and just kept moving. All in all, a solid experience.)

**-Back to the Bulls-Nugs game. Even as Denver’s J.R. Smith continues to hit crazy shot after crazy shot, the Nuggets can’t get any closer than 6 down the stretch. The Bulls score over 30 in every quarter, winning 135-121. Its their highest total in a regulation game since 1998. Ben Gordon scored 37, while Thomas and Noah combined for 31 points, 21 rebounds, 5 blocks, and about 10 dunks. Melo and A.I both played well also. Easily the best game of the year for the Bulls. Good times.

BREAKING NEWS: Bulls trade one albatross for another

February 21, 2008

Just beating the trade deadline, the Bulls dealt Ben Wallace and Joe Smith to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Drew Gooden, Larry Hughes, Cedric Simmons, and Shannon Brown.

Seattle also dealt Wally Szerbiak and Delonte West to the Cavs for Adrian Griffin, Ira Newble, and Donyell Marshall as the third team in the deal.

Ben Wallace

Its truly a happy day in Chicago. Yes, I know that Larry Hughes is also an expensive piece of crap who shoots under 37 percent and doesn’t like to, well, pass the ball. And Drew Gooden is nothing special. But getting rid of the piece of absolute crap that is Ben Wallace is a great move in of itself.

Wallace was signed as a team leader, defensive beast and rebounding monster. Instead, in just under two seasons as a Bull, Wallace continuously clashed with management, threw teammates under the bus, and averaged 5.7 ppg and 9.5 rpg. Oh, and he was making nearly $15 million per year.

What do the Bulls do now? Eh, I don’t think it matters. Assuming Luol Deng and Ben Gordon are now healthy (which doesn’t seem likely considering both looked very uninterested and eager to get ‘re-injured’ last night), the Bulls rotation will include Deng, Gordon, Hinrich, Sefolosha, Nocioni, Gooden, Hughes, Noah, Duhon, and Tyrus Thomas, with a little bit of Aaron Gray and Cedric Simmons thrown in for good measure. Thats a whole lot of crap.

But at least Big Ben will no longer be clogging up the middle, doing absolutely nothing but missing wide open shots and tapping out totally grabbable rebounds to the opposing team. Now we get to watch Larry take 24 shitty shots before missing three weeks due to an injury. More entertaining, I think.