“To the fans, I generally had a great time being here,” Gordon said in a phone interview. “For my true fans, I feel bad for them. The longtime fans of the Chicago Bulls – I just felt like they’re being cheated.
“Not with me, but just things that happened in the past. I feel like the fans deserve a lot better.”
“I’m finally happy to be a part of an organization that feels the same way I do about basketball,” Gordon said. “We just talked about what this organization is about and what kind of culture he (Dumars) is building in Detroit and what his goals are, as far as trying to compete for a championship every single year.
“Being a good team is not enough. Their goal is to win a championship. To me, that’s everything I wanted to hear from a GM. It was easy to sell me on that. I won in high school; I won in college. My basketball legacy won’t be complete unless I win an NBA ring.”
“The Bulls never made an offer,” Gordon said. “We were all ears, my agent (Raymond Brothers) and myself.
“Even after I signed the one-year deal and the things that happened the last two summers, not once did we turn out backs on the Bulls. I said that I’d still be willing to listen to the Bulls and work something out.
“They didn’t even make an offer to me. That was kind of surprising, but I guess it’s part of the way they do business. I’m moving on, and I’m happy with my decision.”
“To all the true Chicago Bulls fans, it’s been great,” he added. “I loved playing here; it’s one of the greatest sports cities in the world. It was a great time. But it’s time for me to move on.”
Cleary there is a great deal of bitterness with Gordon on his way out the door. We don’t know what went on behind the scenes, but I have to get a good chuckle whenever an athlete pulls out the “this franchise wants to win and that’s what I’m about” schtick vs his old franchise whom also wants to win but doesn’t want to pay him as much.
It came down to money, pure and simple, the Bulls made no offer, because they knew they wouldn’t touch the Pistons’ offer. The whole winning mentality thing is just laughable. The Pistons are no where near winning and have a lesser chance than the Bulls of going in that direction with no clear stars to build around and no future flexibility or high draft picks coming.