Monday , Sep , 05 , 2011 J.N.

Derrick Rose’s Bulls is not “one player away” from winning it all.

Who said that Derrick Rose’s Chicago Bulls were one player away from winning the title? Anyone saying this over and over again is wrong. What makes you think this? What makes you feel this? The Bulls lack a quality shooting guard. That is true, but that does not make them just one player away. When was the last time this was said about another team? Did LeBron in Cleveland need one more player? What about Dirk’s team or Kobe when the Lakers got Pau?

 

LeBron got to play with the likes of Antawn Jamison, Mo Williams, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Anderson Varejao, and Shaquille O’Neal. Were they one player away? Nope, they were not. When the Lakers finally got Pau Gasol, they lost to the Boston Celtics. Dirk Nowitzki’s Mavs lost and were humiliated for years before they finally won in 2011. All of those recent teams were never just “one player away.” Think about it some more – that’s usually not true. 
 
LeBron was missing patience, good management, and some tough guys to win. There wasn’t a single tough enforcer on the team regulating shit in the paint. Shaq was done when he got there. The same goes for Ben Wallace. Big Z was more like Big Soft. Opposing players do not see Anderson Varejao as an intimidating threat. They did not have an abundance of shooters besides Mo Williams and Daniel Gibson. Management just didn’t know how to build around LeBron, but they were getting closer as shown with their regular season brilliance. Let’s acknowledge that, but hey, LeBron just did not have any more patience. 
 
When Shaq and Kobe were together, were they just one player away? Nope. They kept losing. Kobe had to get better. Eddie Jones, Nick Van Exel, Cedric Ceballos, and Elden Campbell were given away. Consider the talent they had back in 1998-1999. They were stacked and they proved that they had to learn some more before breaking through against Portland. 
 
Nowitzki needed Tyson Chandler, Shawn Marion, Jason Kidd, and Jose Barea to finally win it all. They had a young Steve Nash once and that duo couldn’t get it done. 
 
Back to Rose’s Bulls, people take one look at Keith Bogans and dismiss his existence except for Doctor Jack Ramsay who actually voted him for 2011 Defensive Player of the Year. It’s not his fault that Carlos Boozer simply does not care about defense. It’s not his fault that Derrick Rose barely shot 10 percent in the fourth quarter. It’s not his fault that Kyle Korver disappeared. It’s not his fault that Luol Deng didn’t transform to Luol Damn during the playoffs. It’s simply not his fault.
 
The team needs more tinkering and modifying before they become a huge threat to knock out Wade’s Miami Heat or any other threat. They also need to get better. C.J. Watson is not suited to be the backup point guard because he’s not a point guard. They need one more three point specialist besides Kyle Korver. They need another ball handler and shot creator besides Derrick Rose. Joakim Noah needs to be better at staying in shape.  Derrick Rose has to get better at defending and shooting to solidify his superstar status. Boozer cannot be tripping over bags before the season starts. 
 
All of these teams have one thing in common before they won their first title: lack of experience. Once they went through enough losing (while gaining experience at the same time), they finally won. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen know what’s up.  
 
This stuff does not add up to “just one player away.” Whoever says that is a troll. 
 
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