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
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.