OK, over at my place I dragged up a long analysis I did of a few articles I found before Tyrus was drafted a couple years ago, and I compared it to his comments after re: his recent suspension.
In a nutshell, there were plenty of signs before the draft he could be a sullen, selfish sort of guy who occasionally didn't "feel like" coming to work, but once he got there, he played hard.
Back before the draft I questioned whether the Bulls would be able to get a guy with this sort of attitude to buy in.
One of the keys, it seemed, was breaking through his skeptical, untrusting nature, so I was at least willing to consider the possibility his "long talk with Boylan" after his suspension was a breakthrough. Maybe it'd build a bit of trust.
Well, that was before last night's game. During the game, against a team he's consistently played well against, he got 3:48 of burn. Ouch.
More than anything, when I re-read all the stuff I read nearly two years ago, I think all the same questions are there:
- Will Tyrus ever get it, or is he just a guy that's too screwy in his thought process to function on an NBA team?
- Even if he can "build up trust" in a way to fit into an NBA system, will it be with the Bulls, who have traditionally wanted self-starting guys they don't have to coddle and play these games with?