Another Day, Still No Dollars...

Reggie Rose said it best; “What have you pieced together? Have you made any moves? Have you made any trades to get better? You know all roads to the championship lead through Miami.”

Yes, that same Miami team that pasted the Bulls 86-67 Thursday night. That morning was ripe with anticipation. The Bulls could make a move to set up for the playoffs AND beat the defending champs to prove they were on their way. Instead, the day passed with rumors swirling, insiders tweeting and everything happening until… nothing happened.

The fizzle out came to a thud to the tune of 17 turnovers and only 67 points. If anybody had doubt about Reggie’s words, the Bulls did their best to prove to the world that they do, in fact, need more scoring.  This team is not currently constructed for a championship. I hope I’m wrong, but it’s a sad fact that fans should get used to.

Reinsdorf, chairman of MLB team Chicago White Sox and NBA basketball team Chicago Bulls, smiles as he participates at the 2010 Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills

John Paxson shed light on the organization’s thinking, “I think our move hopefully will be bringing Derrick back into the fold.” But, why the excitement for Rose to come back? Especially, if a) he’s not 100%, he can’t even dunk yet and b) the team can not beat Miami with or without Rose. The reason is either Bulls’ management is either more optimistic than I am, or they are money-grubbing tightwads desperate only to book their next Viagra-triangle reservation. You make the call.

First, the facts…

-       Chicago is the 3rd largest American city

-       Chicago also has the 3rd highest Net Worth

-       The Bulls are leading the league in attendance

-       The Bulls have the highest average operating income of any team in the last 10 years, $9.6MM more than the second highest.

-       In the eleven years since the luxury tax began, the Bulls have broken it a grand total of (using the abacus…) ZERO times

-       The five teams that paid the most in luxury tax since its 2001 inception (the Knicks, Mavericks, Trail Blazers, Lakers and Celtics) have paid a total of $565,382,518 in the luxury tax. Again, the Bulls have paid $0.

So, in a nutshell, that explains the Bulls’ inactivity. Why fleece Korver to Atlanta? For a little cash. Why refuse to amnesty Boozer when that $15MM per year could make your team better? Because that money would come directly from Reinsdorf’s pocket. Why sit back and punt on competing this season when Redick is available? Well, you get it.

So next time you just dropped $90 on StubHub to sit in the upper deck, I hope your comfortable knowing that money is going to Gibson’s instead of championships.

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