"We had a 12-point lead with, what, three minutes to go?" he said. "My goodness, you can't lose a game like that."
"At the beginning of the year, I was hoping we could finish with the
fourth seed (in the East)," he said. "I thought we would be fighting
for the fourth or fifth seed. Obviously, the team exceeded my
"Then what happened in the Miami series was simply that our inexperience was exposed."
"He's going to become an even greater piece of our team next year,"
Reinsdorf said. "At this point it's still Michael (Jordan) 1, Scottie
(Pippen) 2 and Derrick 3, but Derrick is going to become one of the
all-time greats. I truly believe that."
"We probably would have won the Miami series if we had a 2 guard who could score the ball."
Add up the Reinsdorf paraphased quote math here...
1) I will pay the luxury tax to win a title
2) This team can win a title
3) If we had a scoring two we'd have beaten Miami
One would put these three things together and leap to the conclusion that the Bulls will go into the tax this year to bring in a scoring two guard.
Expirings + Picks for Iggy? Ellis? Gordon?
If the Bulls are willing to spend, Iguodala should be the answer. He gives the Bulls a scorer, an explosive defender, and a secondary ball handler. Iguodala is the best case scenario for guards that are reasonable obtainable.
He improves the team on both sides of the ball while adding no weaknesses the Bulls aren't presently dealing with. He's also available for expirings + change with the only downside being a hefty contract.
Is it time to get excited? Is it time to get amped? Is it time to believe the Bulls will throw some serious money down. Jerry Reinsdorf's quote here certainly leads me to believe so.
We've been burned on the Bulls spending before, but we haven't had a team ready to win a title before, everything is in place, including the player we need to get being available. All that's left is to make it happen.
Kyle Korver + C J Watson + Keith Bogans + enough picks to make it happen for Andre Iguodala. Make it so.