On a ridiculous scale of 1 to 10? Jackson and Kobe to Chicago

Barry Rozner throws some stuff against the wall.

Well, that window is open again and it might allow both Jackson and Kobe Bryant to jump right through it and land in Chicago.

Jackson's a free agent after this season, and the talk
in L.A. is that the Lakers will expect him to take a big pay cut from
the $12 million he's currently earning.

And while that may seem a bit out of the Bulls' price
range, considering they found the cheapest deal imaginable in Vinny Del
Negro, they can take some of the money they saved with Vinny and pay

The homecoming itself, along with the burial of all the
bad blood and memories, would be worth whatever Jackson costs, not to
mention the fact that he's a great coach and he'd be terrific for
Derrick Rose.

And then there's that little bonus of bringing with him Kobe Bryant, who can opt out of his deal following the season.

So at first I read the title and thought, "Wow that's ridiculous".   Then I read the article and thought "Wow that's ridiculous".

Look, don't get me wrong, I'd love the return of the zen master.  I'd love Kobe Bryant to come to Chicago.   Neither one has a shot in hell of happening.   First, the Bulls are not going into eight figure salary range for a coach.   They weren't even going to outbid NY for D'Antoni at about half the rate Jackson is asking for.

Next, why on Earth does Kobe leave LA to go to Chicago?   Really, he has a young PG to get him the ball?   What do you think Kobe needs more, a PG to get him the ball, or one of the most bad ass front courts in the NBA?

I'm going with the latter option there.

It seems like Rozner forgot that Kobe wanted to leave LA because they weren't winning and had no talent.   A finals appearance followed by a championship season has has changed that.   He's not LeBron, Bosh, or Wade, who's ownerships can't put decent teams around him.

Nor is Kobe stuck in a second hand city.  Kobe's presently located in one of only a few markets that can really compete with Chicago, and let's face it, L.A. wins that competition hands down.   Better team, better weather, better spotlight, more celebs, higher spending ownership, etc.. etc..

Kobe's not coming to Chicago.   We've got a better shot at LeBron.


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  • yeah, but our traffic system is better.

  • In reply to pinkizdead:

    Ha . . . awesome.

    Don't forget our superior public transit system.

  • In reply to pinkizdead:

    We are all a bit dumber having read that article. Rozner should literally be fired for writing that.

    You might as well tell us that Jesus is considering playing the 2 guard for the Bulls next year.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Be careful what you ask for.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    I read this earlier on, and thought...How the *$#! does this guy write for a major newspaper?

  • In reply to Dmband:

    This is retarded....do you really think Kobe would leave the Lakers right now???? Come on....0 chance he comes here and i doubt Phil even comes back next season.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Derrick Rose in the triangle.. is that a good thing? Going from running almost no plays to one of the most complex systems in basketball..

  • In reply to Dmband:

    I don't think Kobe would leave LA after that (not to mention they can offer him a LOT more money than we can).

    We can offer Kobe approximately $110 million over 5 years, while the Lakers can offer him approximately $193 million over 6 years.

    But, how about this idea, Phil Jackson and Lebron James.

    Get Phil Jackson to agree to some ridiculous contract at the first minute of free agency, and sign him (since he is a coach, he can just be signed). Give him a $15-20 million contract, or whatever.

    Then call up Lebron James, and say, sorry we didn't contact you first, but we wanted to make sure we had a championship level coach for you. We would like you to become a member of the Chicago Bulls and win championships for us. We got you the same guy that helped Kobe and MJ win theirs.

  • In reply to awamboldt:

    yea Pax can sit down to a nice dinner with lebron....a little steak dinner....boom!

  • On a scale of 1-10 of this happening? 15.

    JR wont pay him. Kobe will retire a Laker.

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