Bulls-Pistons Tweet at a thon


By Paul M. Banks and H. Jose Bosch

It’s a Tweet at a thon. not a Tweet a thon, but a Tweet at a each other a thon. It’s one of the NBA’s greatest rivalries, Bulls-Pistons, always a good time, even when the teams’ combined records are 12-20, as they are tonight. So TSB’s resident Bulls and Pistons experts are going at it, with only the mediums of Twitter and WordPress between them.

(PMB) Bulls-Pistons It’s on HJB. Let’s see what you got with no Rip and no Tayshuan.

(HJB) We got a good chance at beating your sorry ass.

(PMB) the piston’s d is making taj gibson look like wilt chamberlain

(HJB) I finally found the game online, but the quality is about as good as watching the game with cataract

(HJB) We have the Bulls right were we want them. Lull them into a sense of false security.

(HJB) Remember when I said we were going to beat your sorry ass? I still mean it.

(PMB) interesting strategy Cotton, let’s see if it pays off for them. Ben Gordon is getting massvely BOOED evrytime he touches the ball

(PMB) nice shot Will Bynum. Altho I do love Ben Wallace’s ABA style headband. Skiles wouldnt let him wear it when he was here

(HJB) Nice save by Noah. Ass

(PMB) damn Det scores again, I wanted there to be a single digit in there for 1st pd scoring. would have been sweet And the Bears lead the Lions 24-10 after 1 qtr.

rose is a lot more substance, and a lot less hype than Cutler. Austin Daye needs to eat more thanksgiving leftovers

(HJB) I smell a cooooooomeback

(PMB) even though Noah just “arced” on you guys!

(PMB) talk to me when you get the deficit to single digits, in a game like this, 1st team to 85 pts wins


(HJB) Noah could be saving babies from a burning building and I’d still want to punch him in the face

(HJB) Wow. Rose almost ate the rim. Christ.

(HJB) There’s possibly a chance Detroit has just given up. I mean, really?

(HJB) I’m not sure if I should be happy that Detroit managed to be down by just 10 at the half or the Bulls lack a killer instinct. (48-38 Bulls)

(HJB) Well here we go. I’m still confident the Pistons will win. Mainly becuase I have to be. BTW,someone just dropped a FUCK on TV

(HJB) Count it!

(HJB) This game isn’t particularly thrilling. But I’m glad the Pistons are actually competing.

(PMB) I can’t believe it’s a 1 possession game now. Jonas Jerebko is dangerous

(HJB) God damn you Chicago!!! Lame.

(HJB) This game is the perfect example of why the NBA shouldn’t matter until the playoffs

(HJB) When Miller turns to face the basket, it’s probably a safe bet someone should defend Rose.

(PMB) It’s such a LONG SEASON, I see your point. It’s funny how it’s a winter game, but it’s hot out when the season starts and ends. Its like the people who say you only need to watch the last 5 min of a game

(PMB) Lindsey Hunter sounds like the name of a hottie Skinemax actress. Rodney Stuckey sounds like the name of a 70s comedian that would do frequent guest spots on Sanford and Son

(HJB) Yeah and Joakim Noah looks like a tranny.


(HJB) When announcers talk about a game being “scrappy” and “grinding” they really mean “This game sucks.”

(PMB) That’s true! it’s like when they say someone is a “lunch-pail guy”, tremendous worker”, blue-collar” etc. It means he has no athletic ability. The server keeps timing out here in the arena when I try to get on Twitter, so I’m just going to finish my updates in wordpress from here on out.

(PMB) Bulls up 80-71. There is a LOUD DRUNK MORON BULLS FAN sitting right behind me. HE IS A DOUCHEBAG with his screaming, and I’m getting a headache, so I’m going to finish the exchange up in the press room. Talk to ya in a bit HJB.

(HJB) You shouldn’t say those kinds of things about Jay Mariotti. He has feelings, you know.

(HJB) At this stage of a game, should the announcers be allowed to just rip on anyone or anything they observe off the court? I think it would make the broadcast more interesting. Better yet, for the last three minutes of any bad game, the announcers should be allowed to just be fans and say whatever they feel without punishment.

(HJB) I don’t think fans should kid themselves. Even with Rip and Prince back, this team will still be bad. And the broadcasters were just doing Road Runner impersonations. Yeah, the cartoon roadrunner. Maybe they are allowed to say whatever they want.

(HJB) The last 20 seconds of this game have been sloppier than a girls’ middle school basketball.

(HJB) It appears your terrible team is just slightly better than my terrible team.  The NBA: Expect mediocrity!

(PMB) Joakim Noah after the game “it was sloppy and it was kind of boring, but a w is a w.” I don’t think you would disagree HJB

(PMB) I guess you could say “the NBA where mediocrity happens”

(PMB) HA HA nice Mariotti comment HJB. I was the last of the five journalists at my table to leave, and that was a mistake, because the douche started trying to talk to me. Asking me who I work for and what I was doing…I’m like “just working hard buddy, working hard” The less I said to him the better.

(PMB) So of course everyone wanted to discuss BG coming back and getting booed, and there was a large contingent of reporters in the locker room around him. But I’ll devote another post to that. Flip video of BG included! Great job with this exchange HJB

Vinny Del Negro’s Chicago Bulls Preseason Assessments


By Paul M. Banks

Last season, the Chicago Bulls experienced a dramatically positive growth spurt. A team that actually lost at home to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the early part of the season grew together and gelled enough to qualify for the postseason. And in those playoffs, they gave the defending World Champion Boston Celtics all they could handle in a physical seven-game series that featured more overtime sessions than any other series in NBA history. It was probably the most exciting playoff series that the professional hardwood has ever seen, but a first round exit is still a first round exit, so 2008-09 was not exactly the most memorable season in Bulls history. But after building some positive momentum last season, what will the Bulls do with it now? Can they at least win the Central Division?

Their sophomore Head Coach Vinny Del Negro is as good a clue as any. Here are some of the highlights of what he’s told the media this preseason

About taking it to the next level…

“The 2nd half of last year I think we started to come into our own a little bit, kind of me feeling the guys out, them feeling me out how we’re gonna play. Now there’s a familiarity…now we just have to improve, you have to put the work in on the practice court and hopefully execute in games.”

On how little you can read into the Bulls 5-2 preseason record…

“Every time you’re keeping score, you always want to win, but sometimes there’s a lot of young players out there and that usually dictates some mistakes and the flow of the game can get changed a little bit when you’re trying to conserve some guys’ minutes, so the rotations aren’t down and that throws guys into different positions sometimes.”bulls2

On Tyrus Thomas, and his convalescence…

“He needs to get back in shape, he’s been out a little bit, and get the flow back offensively, defensively, be our shot blocker back there, and make open 15 footers. If he runs the court with his athleticism and gets after it defensively, it’ll give us a big boost. He knows what he needs to do, he just needs to go out and do it consistently.”

On improving the team’s much maligned defense…

“We have to find a way to get stops at key times, but also we need to rebound better defensively. Some times we’re getting key stops, but not getting that basketball, hopefully with a little more size the rebounding numbers will get better.”

The subject on everyone’s mind, the health of Derrick Rose…

“He needs to get back. It is a day-to-day thing. He’s been doing some running and he’s been on the bike. We may have him in shooting drills, but not full-contact drills…It is possible he will not be ready for the opener against San Antonio. I hope he practices tomorrow but it is really day-to-day.

Season tips off October 29th.