Call me crazy, but I think this is ridiculous. [actually call the author crazy]
4. Tyrus Thomas didn't play and he wasn't missed
You get the feeling that the Tyrus Thomas vs. the Bulls case is turning
into a big-time distraction for Vinny Del Negro, Gar Forman and John
Paxson. Here is the recent sequence of events. First, Thomas'
fifth-year option was not picked up by the Bulls before Monday's
deadline. That means he's headed for restricted free agency next
summer. He'll dangle on the hook while the Bulls make a hard play for Dwyane Wade.
If it seems like Wade and his people are willing to play ball, Thomas
will invariably have his rights denounced. It's going to take a
max-contract to pry Wade away from Miami and the Bulls can't hit that
number with Thomas reserving space against the cap. So that started
Thomas' weekend. Then the Bulls lost a tight game at Miami on Sunday.
Thomas had four points in 21 minutes and barely played in the fourth
quarter. Then, on Monday, he became upset when he was called out in a
film session on Monday by Vinny Del Negro for a poor defensive
rotation. That led to a stern talking-to from Bulls veteran leader Lindsey Hunter.
On Tuesday morning, Thomas turned up with flu-like symptoms and was
sent home from the Bulls' shootaround at the Berto Center. He did not
dress for the game against the Bucks, leading to all sorts of
scuttlebutt suggesting that Thomas had a "blue flu." The cherry on the
cake for Thomas was the fact that his presence was really not
necessary. Seriously ... if you watched that game on Tuesday, what
element does Thomas provide that the Bulls were missing?
The Bulls needed to make a huge comeback to close out one of the worst teams in the league while at home. I think the Bulls missed Tyrus plenty, especially since Taj Gibson was a train wreck for the entire game. He had passes flying out of his hands, got caught up making offensive fouls, and provided little of anything [including some pretty poor defense] throughout the game.
Not to bang on Gibson, he may improve. He may show us he's worth playing, but so far this season anything Taj is doing, Tyrus is doing far better. In a game where no one could throw the ball in the ocean, tell me the Bulls wouldn't have been better on offense with Tyrus drawing a few fouls and getting to the free throw line in that game. As much of a mediocrity as Tyrus is on offense, he's far better than the alternative.
Btw, there's no such thing as a fifth year option, so the Bulls certainly didn't decline to pick one up. Also, it looks like it's shown that Tyrus was really sick and that this wasn't a 'blue flu', so you might want to back up the truck on that one.
I'm not even a big Tyrus fan, but jeez, stop the bus, Tyrus has been in the crosswalk so far, no need to run the dude over just yet.