So I was semi-trolling the Detroit coverage of their loss last night to our (once again) beloved Chicago Bulls - semi-trolling in the sense that I'm there to mock them, but do so to myself instead of posting on their forums - and I had to laugh because they sound exactly like we did a couple of weeks ago. Here are a couple of the highlights from Need4Sheed:
Blame whomever you want, we have a coach who’s clearly in over his head, players that look lost, a system that doesn’t work, an unwillingness to change that system that doesn’t work, a defense that looks brilliant at times and then on the next play looks like a disaster… and to top it off when they can’t score they don’t make an effort to get the ball in the paint for easy buckets! We could go on and on.
Is Curry actually calling a play in the last seconds of the game when Detroit has the ball down three? Rip to the hole for the dish to Dyess is ok if it works, and if Rip doesn’t waste most of the clock. Perfect ending to the storm.
As for those of you who wanted to hear Curry’s post game comments, they were nothing life-altering. He just looks like a deer in headlights who has no idea what to say. Kind of like when you break your mom’s favorite vase and have to own up to it. You stand there dumbfounded for a moment trying to grasp for words.
So aside from enjoying the Detroit misery (because I'm really not a very nice person on the inside!) I've been thinking that I was probably too hard on Vinny earlier this year. Sure, he's made plenty of mistakes, and presumably will continue to make them. But he's also improved at several things, not the least of which is being willing to bench guys when they aren't playing well without completely forgetting about them in subsequent games. Of the many first time head coaches, Vinny at least has his guys playing hard and improving at this point in the season. I'm sure that is made easier in some respects by the relative youth of the team, but that also must make it more difficult to get them there in some respects.
I'm definitely guilty of getting too caught up with what is going on within the Bulls alone and measuring the team against some spectacular version of success I carry around in my head - but in comparison with other possibilities, our guys aren't so bad. Of course, this is also the point where I realize that, even though I would completely understand the rationale behind a trade for Amare, it would make me sad to lose almost any of the guys currently playing a role for the team, because I like them as a group and enjoy watching these particular players do well. Hey, I never claimed to be a rational sports fan!