I don't know what it is. Maybe it's seasonal affected depression, but I'm suddenly feeling a bit Ben Gordon nostalgia, and these two quotes were comical to me:
First, from KC Johnson:
Rose worked exhaustively on improving his jumper during the offseason
so the fact he's taking more of them isn't surprising. The fact the
Bulls' offense isn't clicking like when Rose played at his peak last
Next, from Mike McGraw:
But the Pistons are 4-4, just like the Bulls, so
there's no reason to regret letting Gordon leave as a free agent this
early in the season. Gordon's departure left the Bulls with cap room to
spend and that won't be settled until next summer.
Okay, now I'll preface this by saying that every reporter probably lets a few sentences run away from them. If you quoted me sentence by sentence, you could probably find a few doozies that I'd love to take back.
However, moving beyond that, is it really surprising that our offense isn't clicking like last year? Really? We lost our best offensive player in terms of volume and efficiency. I'd have been absolutely shocked if our offense wasn't significantly worse relative to last year. Not only was Gordon our best offensive player, his shooting, and ability in pure catch and shoot situations was unique.
Hinrich and Salmons aren't great catch and shoot 3 point shooters. Particularly Salmons, who has a slow awkward release which works better when he takes his shot in a one on one rather than in catch and shoot situations. He almost always pauses prior to shooting his shots and doesn't work well when he has to make a quick release.
So you lost the only guy providing spacing on offense, the guy giving you both volume and efficiency, and you wonder why the offense is worse. You're surprised? I might be surprised that it went down to a historically bad level, but I'm not surprised it's considerably worse.
Second, from McGraw, the Pistons are 4-4, so obviously losing Gordon meant nothing? Really? Really? Are you kidding me? John Salmons has been crap on a stick, Gordon is playing like an all-star. Swap the two, and the Bulls are one of the top teams in the league right now.
Will this work out in the long run? History would tell us that Gordon will cool off. We hope that Salmons will heat up though his history isn't so certain on that topic. However, if we don't get a superstar in 2010, the Bulls will be considerably worse for letting Gordon go.
Even if we do, we'll be considerably worse for letting him go rather than moving Hinrich in his place. Gordon is the type of player who's shooting creates space and help for everyone on the floor. He gives your superstars room to work. The Bulls desperately need to replace so many of the things Gordon brings to the table.
There was this groundswell of thought that Gordon was holding Rose back. Rose is already complaining about the lack of space to drive. Looks like Gordon was helping to make Rose's life easier rather than stopping him in any way. Those who were of the opinion that Gordon's ball domination was a big negative factor for Rose look awfully silly at this point.