Monday , Nov , 12 , 2007 Oly Sandor

A Chicago Bull Of A Dilemma: Kobe Bryant Or Pau Gasol?

Things are at such a low in Chicago fans have started chanting Kobe, Kobe, Kobe, urging the Bulls to swing a blockbuster trade for Bryant. Should they instead be chanting Pau, Pau, Pau? After all, some fans, media, and analysts believe Pau Gasol, Memphis’ star forward, would be a better fit in the Windy City …

Things are at such a low in Chicago fans have started chanting Kobe, Kobe, Kobe, urging the Bulls to swing a blockbuster trade for Bryant. 

Should they instead be chanting Pau, Pau, Pau? Some fans, media, and analysts believe Pau Gasol, Memphis’ star forward, would be a better fit in the Windy City.

There’s an argument to be made for both players. So HoopsVibe the Blog decided to take on the assignment.

Below is the case for both Bryant and Gasol being the player to turn around Chicago. As always, your job is to read both arguments and then vote on which All-Star would do the best job improving the Bulls. We’ll tally the votes and get at you with the results in a few days.

Remember, this is a hypothetical scenario. Suspend all other factors and focus specifically on who’s best for Chicago: Kobe or Pau?

The Case For Kobe:

  • Bryant’s the right guy if you believe Chicago has to blow things up and start over. Right now, Bulls GM John Paxson must have concerns with young stars Luol Deng, Ben Gordon, and Kirk Hinrich.  But is he ready to pull a Danny Ainge and cash-in his building blocks for a superstar like Bryant?
  • Bryant’s the best player in the world. After all, he ‘killed it’ at the FIBA Americas Tournament in Las Vegas. The opportunity to acquire such a talented player doesn’t come around very often.
  • There’s something to be said about greatness. Bryant would be the team’s first legit superstar since you know who rode off in the sunset following the 1997-98 season.

The Case Against Kobe:

  • Bryant is reality television. Cameras, celebrity blogs, and gossip rags follow him like an out-of-control Hollywood star. Do the Bulls really have the stomach for the Kobe circus?
  • In two years, Bryant can opt-out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent. The Bulls shouldn’t trade for him unless they can ink #24 to an extension, which is no easy task.

The Case For Pau:

  • Gasol is the right guy if you believe Chicago only needs to tweak their existing roster. The Bulls, perhaps, see the Spaniard’s low-post scoring as the key to their entire offense.
  • Gasol is an excellent player. He’s taken his Grizzlies to the first round of the playoffs and starred for Spain in numerous international tournaments.
  • Gasol isn’t as talented as Bryant, but he would cost significantly less. So more would be left over to compete in the Eastern Conference.

The Case Against Pau:

  • Fair or not, Gasol has a reputation for being soft. The jury’s out on whether he’s actually a franchise stud or just an above average post with nice numbers, long hair, and a bushy beard.
  • Like Bryant, Gasol doesn’t come cheap. The forward is scheduled to earn approximately 63 million dollars over the next four seasons. 

Who’s best for Chicago: Bryant or Gasol? Get at us in the comment box below with your thoughts.

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