The NBA has seen some pretty great players in its history — players with amazing shooting percentages; players that know how to take charge of a team; and players who have a lot of hustle and can defend the basket with ease. This article is an ode to those players that can hold their own on the court and have a career that proves it. Here are six great NBA players at the top of the list.Follow paulmbanks
The first use of “OMG,” according to Britain’s national magazine, was way back in 1917.
There is record of Lord Fisher using this astonishment acronym in a letter to Winston Churchill nearly a century ago.
Today we have #OMGFacts and looking at the Chicago Bulls all time record book, there are a lot of “OMG Facts” to be found. We can start with ESPN Analyst Jalen Rose, who holds the second highest per game scoring average (minimum 100 games) in Chicago Bulls history.
I’m sure you can guess who’s first!Follow paulmbanks
Sometimes a team retires a player’s number (like the Cleveland Cavaliers and Zydraunaus Ilgauskas) and you’ll think “seriously??!! Him?
Same holds true when a franchise decides to give a guy who was solid, but nothing spectacular, his own statue. Harold Baines and the Chicago White Sox is a classic example. Kirk Hinrich would be the Chicago Bulls version.
The idea that “half of success in life comes simply from showing up” is often credited to Woody Allen. Whether he originated the phrase or not, he’s certainly popularized it and it’s now attributed to him.Follow paulmbanks
With all that Derrick Rose has been through and had to endure injury wise, it’s hard to imagine him playing…well, we don’t know how long he’ll play, but you know he’s not going to be around forever. He’s currently 26, so if he’s still playing after age 30, it would have to be considered quite a feat.
If the Bulls can get two or three more good years out of Derrick Rose, it’s got to be viewed as a huge win. He’s certainly not going to be playing for a decade or anything like that.Follow paulmbanks
Joakim Noah is in the prime of his career, as he’s coming off a season in which he was the NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Of course, he hasn’t been anywhere near as dominant as he was last year, and he’s missed significant time. This was to be expected as Noah had knee surgery in the off-season.
In the 82 game grind that is the NBA season, you would expect a veteran, coming off a major off-season procedure no less, like Joakim Noah to miss some time. That’s not news. What is interesting is the way the widely held perceptions of Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau is being altered now, via the allocation of Noah’s minutes.Follow paulmbanks
Wisconsin Badgers senior Forward Duje Dukan is a big time Chicago Bulls fan, as he was a ball boy for the NBA franchise growing up. Dukan served in this role for eight years, as his dad currently an international scout for the team. Dukan’s dad has held that job since 1992.
He was key in signing Nikola Mirotic, who has emerged this season as the only true legitimate contender to the Minnesota Timberwolves Andrew Wiggins in the race for the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.
Dukan’s Dad works in the same Chicago Bulls office with the aunt of Frank Kaminsky, so Frank the Tank has also become a big Chicago Bulls fan. All that’s left to complete the proverbial circle of life is for the Bulls to draft Kaminsky.Follow paulmbanks
This is a bit over the top, don’t you think? Yes, there is actually a somber and serious vigil, flowers, photos, crutches, shrine and all, to the knees of Derrick Rose. It’s located at the intersection of Fullerton Ave and Interstate-90 in Chicago. It’s reminiscent of the candlelight vigil Penn State fans had for victories of Joe Paterno vacated by the NCAA.
We’re assuming it’s a group of serious and somber Chicago Bulls fans who put this together; perhaps this shrine is actually tongue in cheek? Meant to be ironic?
Take a look below:Follow paulmbanks
When the Brooklyn Nets saw their championship window shut, it truly closed with authority.
The window wasn’t just shut; it was slammed down, locked and double dead-bolted. For the Chicago Bulls, the championship window is now quite fragile, and beyond this season, maybe next season at the absolute most (but even that would be a stretch), it’s hard to legitimately include them in the NBA championship conversation.
There are many out there who don’t think they are even in the conversation this year.
That’s incorrect, but it’s an argument that is understandable. If the Chicago Bulls can avoid the Cleveland Cavaliers until the conference finals, it would help a lot!Follow paulmbanks
Kirk Hinrich has had a fine NBA career: over 9,000 points scored, 4,000+ assists in close to 27,000 minutes on the court. He was a vital part of that 2007 Chicago Bulls team that went 49-33, finished third in the Eastern Conference, and reached the second round of the playoffs.
However, Kirk Hinrich is on the wrong side of 34, and he’s not going to be reverting to his ’07 form any time soon. This year Hinrich is establishing new career lows in FG% (.365) AND 3PT FG% (.320). Yet Coach Tom Thibodeau continues to play favor his aging and declining combo guard over the younger one with much more potential.Follow paulmbanks
The 1990s Chicago Bulls were the greatest dynasty in the history of Chicago sports, and among the best dynasties in all of sport, not just basketball. They boasted the best NBA team of all time in 1995-96, and the greatest player in basketball history in Michael Jordan.
In other words, if any sports franchises deserves to hold a “90s night” promotion, it’s the Bulls. The franchise did just that on February 27th, when they defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves.Follow paulmbanks
It has been well documented that there is a growing rift between Coach Tom Thibodeau and the Chicago Bulls front office. Whether it is Jeff Van Gundy bringing his personal feeling to the fore front of a national broadcast (he really has been a “studio gangster” in the way he’s behaved about this) or the local Chicago media reporting on the situation, the Thibs vs GarPax quarrel has reached even the most uninformed Bulls fan.
Editor’s note: this Doug McDermott feature article authored by new Sports Bank contributor Wes Evans. (@WesEvans24)Follow paulmbanks
The hits keep coming to the Chicago Bulls. What started out as a season with championship aspirations has now been redefined by a roster ravaged by injury. First it was Derrick Rose. Then Taj Gibson. And now, Jimmy Butler, the team’s leading scorer, goes down. The Bulls were still the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference heading into the home loss yesterday to the L.A. Clippers. Where they’ll end up once the real season begins (the playoffs) is anyone’s guess.
Because now they will head to the finish line in April sans their starting back court.Follow paulmbanks