I was just listening to an ESPN radio interview that Stephen A. Smith did on the Michael Kay Show from yesterday (July 7th), and it had some very interesting and potentially damning stuff (imo) about the Bulls in it. I was gonna post this in the Blogabron stuff, but this feels really big, if true.
I know that Stephen A. has been viewed as somewhat of a joke around here, but everything he reported is about to come true (barring a sudden change of heart). In fact, during this very interview, while the city of New York is bursting, thinking that Lebron is coming (Because of the location of the special, MSG stock, and the Amare signings), he stayed steadfast to his report and told them that Lebron will not go to New York, and that he's going to Miami. He breaks down the reasons why, and it's starting to look more impressive by the hour. Let's face it, the guy has known what's up and deserves some credit.
Anyway, the interesting part, that pertains to the Bulls, is when Stephen A. casually says that the Bulls know they're out of the running for Lebron James, and the reason why is because Lebron has informed them he has no interest in playing for a rookie head coach. This is shocking, and seriously unforgiveable if true. I always kinda wondered how they could hire a guy that's never been a head coach, at such an important time for the franchise. Apparently Lebron was wondering the same thing. And how do you not know this before the hire?
We'll probably never know the full truth (unless Lebron wants to tell), but I believe it. There were far better coaching options out there that would help us achieve the most important goal in the Bulls off season: GET FREE AGENTS. Get the players to sign, and who gives a shit how good the coach is. We needed a salesman not a tactician. More than any of the "They had a bad press conference" stories, I believe this had the most to do with their failure. And I trust Stephen A. after everything that's happened the past 24 hours.
Anyway, you can decide for yourself. Am I making too big a deal out of this? Is Stephen A. full of shit? Here's the link to the radio interview. The moment I'm talking about is at around the 42-43 minute mark, but you should probably listen to the whole interview so you can hear how accurate he is on the other stuff, it puts it in context. I'm gonna include a poll, because polls are fun (btw, sorry if this was kind of incoherent and ranty, I'm pretty sick at the moment and have not had much sleep).