Chat with Nick Friedell
Welcome to ESPNChicago.com! On Thursday, Nick Friedell stops by to chat about the NBA season as well as the Chicago Bulls.
Friedell covers the Chicago Bulls for both ESPN Radio 1000 and ESPNChicago.com.
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ESPNChicago.com (3:07 PM)
Nick is running a little late. Keep the questions coming and he will be here soon.
Nick Friedell (3:31 PM)
Sorry for the delay everybody. A lot of different things going on today. Let's get this chat rolling ...
Joel (Glen Ellyn)
Nick, Thanks for the Q&A.If D-Rose came back when he feels he's 110%" this season, would they still slowly increase his minutes or would they throw him in the a full rotation? I would think any player would need to slowly acclimate back into the intensity of a regular season game before they can get back to 100%. Unless his practices are that intense, I don't see the non-financial logic of waiting. But then again, I'm not D-Rose and I don't know how his knee feels to him...
Nick Friedell (3:34 PM)
Joel, when Derrick comes back I don't think he's going to play 40 minutes a game if that's what you mean. Thibs will likely be on a strict minutes limit as to how much he can play him a night. I would think no more than 20 minutes a game in the first few weeks. The thing about the recovery is nobody knows how Derrick is feeling mentally. If he doesn't feel like he's ready to come back then it doesn't matter how good he looks in practice. He's got to be the one that says when he's ready.
Hey Nick, great job covering the Bulls! Quick question regarding Marquis Teague. With Hinrich being in the fold for at least one more season, do the Bulls view Teague more as the long term backup for Derrick Rose, or as a future trade chip? Thanks!
Nick Friedell (3:36 PM)
I'd say both, Drew. They like him and think he could be a solid backup in the next few years, but if the right trade came along I don't think they would have any hesitation moving him.
Lost cause, JJ Redick just sent to the Bucks in a 6-player deal with the Magic. Did the Bulls miss out on a good player to fill in?
Nick Friedell (3:38 PM)
To all the people who wanted Redick -- how much better do you think he would have really made the Bulls? Would you be willing to give him a new deal worth almost $40 mil over the next four years? Redick is a nice player but he wasn't getting the Bulls that much closer to beating Miami.
The Bulls seem to play well and with tenacity against the heat during the regular season. Why is it that they can't play with that same tenacity in the postseason against them?
Nick Friedell (3:39 PM)
Because the game slows down in the playoffs and they don't have enough scorers who can create their own shots.
Adam (Oxford, MS)
Nick, what is all this hoopla concerning Rose not being able to drunk in stride? Is it true? It seems as though if he looks as good as people say, he would be dunking in stride by now.
Nick Friedell (3:41 PM)
Derrick was the one who said that. Until he can, and feel comfortable about it, I don't think he'll be returning. As for his teammates, Noah basically admitted a few weeks ago that Thibs doesn't want them discussing Rose's return.
Al (Downers Grove)
Does Jimmy Buckets start at the 2 next year over Hinrich?
Nick Friedell (3:43 PM)
I think the Bulls will try and find another starting two guard -- but if they can't Hinrich will probably be the guy with Butler coming off the bench. Thibs has talked openly about the fact that one of the reasons the Bulls signed Hinrich is because he can play well with Derrick at either position.
Nick, Bulls season ticket holder here, I am absolutely torn about my thoughts on Rose's return. Part of me thinks that if he feels healthy enough to return, then he should (and of course I am super anxious to see him play). However, I also kind of wonder if a punchers chances at taking down the Heat this year is worth the risk. To have Rose just continue his rehab through the summer and prepare for next season seems to make a lot of sense with the way Lebron is playing right now. Also, I get the feeling that everyone in Chicago would fully support Rose and would almost prefer if he just played it safe, so I hope he knows this and does not try to make a comeback this year for us. We know how hard he works and how much he cares and we just want to see him healthy for the next 10 years
Nick Friedell (3:47 PM)
Josh, this is the inner-struggle going on between the organization and Rose's reps right now. If Bulls fans are being honest with themselves they know that the odds to beat the Heat aren't very good this year. They also realize that even if Rose comes back he will be doing so on a limited basis at first -- I think that's why there are a lot of people in Derrick's ear right now telling him that if he is not 100 percent mentally and physically he should just sit for the entire season.
Are you shock at all that Bulls didn't make any trades today?
Nick Friedell (3:49 PM)
No. Name me a player out there -- that the Bulls had a reasonable chance at getting -- that was going to put them that much closer to the Heat? I didn't think there was one. Plus, the only two guys the Bulls really wanted to move -- Hamilton and Boozer -- nobody really wanted that much.
you are the most pessimistic person I know. If i hear you say the Bulls have no shot against the Heat I will lose it. They have a shot. They wouldn't be favored but they have a shot. Any team that is big like Indiana and Chicago could potentially give the heat major issues
Nick Friedell (3:53 PM)
Of course they have a shot -- the problem is that it's not a very good one. The Bulls best chance to beat Miami was two years ago when the Heat still didn't know how to play with each other and the Bulls got wiped out in 5 games. The Bulls roster was also better than it is now and their best player wasn't coming off a serious knee injury. The Heat have improved while the Bulls made roster moves in advance of next year and beyond. That's just the reality of the situation.
With D-Rose coming back from an injury should there be concern. As seen with teams like the Nuggets when you dont have a star on the court you play more team oriented offense (in regards to ball movement). With the return of the star does an offense become stagnant?
Nick Friedell (3:55 PM)
That's another factor in the decision on whether or not to bring Derrick back this season. Obviously, they would love to have his talent on the floor but the Bulls are now five months into the season. There would be a serious adjustment period for him and the team if he comes back because aside from the core of Noah, Deng, Boozer, Gibson -- the other guys have never played with him before.
Sean (Des Plaines)
Nick I hear you say over and over again "Was that going to get them past the Heat?" as the excuse for the Bulls non-moves. But often in basketball it's not one big move that gets you over the top so how is that valid reasoning? Shouldn't the evaluation be does this make us better without limiting flexibility going forward?
Nick Friedell (3:57 PM)
Ok, Sean -- and all the others out there who believe the Bulls should be making moves -- what moves would you have made to make the Bulls better?
I see why he needs to play him (occasional instant offense), but Thibs CAN'T actually like Nate Robinson's game, can he?
Nick Friedell (3:58 PM)
Ha. I think Nate's game drives Thibs absolutely nuts sometimes.
Nick, I know this isn't relevant right now, but I was wondering what you thought of Deng resigning with the Bulls in 2014. He's going to be 29, so I dunno how many teams want to pay big money for guy that's going to be on the wrong side of 30, and I wonder if he'd want to risk going to a team that doesn't utilize him well (i.e. Loul playing for Vinny vs Thibs). Could you see him taking a discount, and the Bulls wanting to keep him? I'm wondering what the 2014 roster could look like with Mirotic and a big time free agent here, could we be a contender/elite team then.
Nick Friedell (4:01 PM)
Jay, the Bulls want to keep Deng. But you're right -- the issue is how much of a discount will he be willing to take? Only time will tell -- but his contract is a major key as to whether or not the Bulls can go after a new piece in a year and a half.
Hey Nick, do you think Nate Robinson will be back for the Bulls next year? I think they should keep him and use Teague as trade bait while sliding Hinrich to more SG.
Nick Friedell (4:02 PM)
No, I do not think Nate will be back.
Kay (Westmont, IL)
Will the Bulls try to make a splash in free agency this offseason?
Nick Friedell (4:03 PM)
They don't have much cap space to work with.
Sean (Des Plaines)
Well for starters I wouldn't have destroyed my bench so I could overpay Kirk Hinrich and leave my team hard capped. But my argument isn't make a move for the sake of making the move, it's that the argument "That isn't going to get them past the Heat" shouldn't be a catch all dismissive/excuse for what the Bulls don't do.
Nick Friedell (4:07 PM)
Destroyed the bench? Check the numbers -- the bench's production has been fairly in line with what they've gotten the last two years. The only glaring weakness is at backup center but everyone knew that was going to happen when they lost Asik. So you would have paid an extra $20+ million in salary/tax to keep Korver, Brewer and Watson? Really? Putting them past the Heat is the question they need to always concern themselves with because Miami is the team they will be going right up against the next few years. Trading for Redick and then signing him to a major extension wasn't even going to make them that much better.
Pat (St. Louis)
What do you think of these comments from Reggie Rose about the Bulls not making moves? Do you think he realizes that the Bulls have no room to make trades and that this is the best thing for the Bulls future with the Bulls. Is there any possibility that Derrick is also frustrated enough that he would eventually think about leaving Chicago?
Nick Friedell (4:14 PM)
First of all, I don't think Derrick is leaving Chicago any time soon. As for Reggie's comments, I think he is just frustrated. He sees that the Bulls don't have enough to beat the Heat right now and he knows there is going to be enormous pressure on his brother to play at the same level when he comes back.
Nick Friedell (4:16 PM)
Like I've been saying all along, though. I think there is a better chance now of Derrick sitting out all season than there is of him playing. The next few weeks will be very interesting as the rift between the Bulls' organization and Rose's camp continues to grow.
Smith (Round Lake)
I would like you opinion on the other end of the spectrum Nick. Why wouldn't the Bulls take a page out of the Spurs book (Robinson hurt, drafted Duncan) and tanked this year? Derrick could sit all year, Deng could have surgery and Boozer could have been amnestied. Then the Bulls would have cap space and a lotto pick. Why wouldn't they go that route?
Nick Friedell (4:21 PM)
The short answer to your question is that Tom Thibodeau is the coach of the Bulls -- he would never let that happen.
Nick Friedell (4:23 PM)
All right everybody -- I am out of here. I will talk to you guys next week. If you are at a game this week come over and say hello.