With NBA training camp opening up across the country. Many people are being interviewed about this upcoming season and how they believe the team will perform.
Over the summer the Chicago Bulls finally pushed the restart button and let Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol walk and traded Derrick Rose to New York for a starting center (Robin Lopez) and a potential starting combo guard in Jerian Grant. I thought at the time of the trade it was a solid trade that needed to happen. I know that I’m in the minority but people have to realize the fact this Bulls team was going nowhere with Derrick Rose and it was becoming a bad drama that was repetitive for this Chicago basketball team that I was sick of hearing constantly on the radio and seeing in the paper.
Thankfully all the drama has left the organization, right? Well not really, Jerry Reinsdorf made some comments on why they let Joakim walk and it was because they didn’t believe he was a “frontline player anymore” as he was quoted in a Daily News article by Frank Isola. King Jerry has a point but, let’s look back at what Joakim did for this team. He led this team when Derrick decided to start thinking more about his future after basketball and then he put the team on his back in 2013-2104 when he had numbers like 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists while winning Defensive Player of the Year. He also made significant contributions to help out the Chicago violence that is plaguing this city by creating his organization, Noah’s Arc.
I’m not saying Jerry is right but Joakim does have a point as he was quoted to say that the comments made by King Jerry were a “low blow” when being interviewed by CBS’s Matt Moore.