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Nov
1
2007

Kobe Not Coming to Chicago....For Now

By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (3) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Basketball | Jack Cobra Archive
pax.jpgBulls General Manager John Paxson has proven over the years that he knows what he's doing. He turned the franchise around after the Tim Floyd/Bill Cartwright era, he's drafted the right players, he's signed the right players...and while he has struggled to make the big trade a couple of times, he's shown he has his finger on the pulse of the ballclub. Paxson knew after the poor showing in New Jersey on Wednesday and the front page coverage of the Kobe Trade on ESPN.com, that he would have to respond...and respond he did. Kobe Bryant is not being traded to the Bulls....at least for now.

The Bulls still have a relatively young squad so it affects them when they read in the paper, or on the internet, that they are being traded away. It's just human nature to be that way when you are new to the league and after Luol Deng and Ben Gordon didn't sign extensions on Wednesday, the talk began that players were on their way out the door. It was just simple math telling people that is what would happen. It wasn't rocket science. John Paxson, and probably Scott Skiles, saw how the players were reacting (not well) to all the trade rumors and a statement had to be made...

General manager John Paxson put an end to more than a week of feverish speculation, declaring, "There's not a deal to be done" in the Bryant sweepstakes following Thursday's practice.

While Paxson said that...it doesn't mean that it might not happen later around the trade deadline. The Bulls could struggle, or Kobe could start making more noise about being traded to Chicago. Ben Gordon could demand a trade or the Lakers may just want to give Kobe away. Stranger things have happened. But for now, the Bulls are going to play with the roster they have.

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3 Comments
Joseph J. Finn said

Thank you, John Paxson! For both resisting to make a team-gutting trade that would doom the season, and for bucking up your players by cooling outrageous speculation. There's a good GM right there, folks.

gianluca said

what else could he say? He's trying to get the most out of his present players. The Kobe stuff will pick up steam again after a couple weeks if/when either team struggles.

JJ said

Kobe's a tremendously talented player (attitude aside), but I'm not sure he'd fit with the Bulls young team. And Joseph is right... you'd have to gut the team's young talent or trade away future draft picks to acquire him.


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