9:47 AM AKST, December 6, 2002
My first advice on the latter is to pick another career. But seriously, folks.... The best advice I can give is the best advice I ever received. Ground yourself in a broad reading and writing background. Don't just read or write sports. It makes you a better writer or, in my case, a more competent writer.
As for Rose, losing brings out the deficiencies in everyone and everything. If the Bulls were winning, all we'd be talking about is what a great scorer Rose is. Here's the deal: He's the Bulls' best offensive player. He was brought here to score, take big shots. He's going to take some bad ones. But how can you complain about a go-to scorer? The only thing I'll concede on Rose is he's not a great defensive player and he does complain too much, sometimes at the expense of action on the other end of the court. But what's the guy supposed to do, average a triple double?
As an out-of-towner who has only seen highlights of the Bulls this season, I am perplexed with Eddy Curry's reaction to his benching. On paper it is clear that he is not rebounding like a man of his size and position should. Can you explain what his difficulty is? Is it lack of effort, is he being manhandled or does he simply find himself out of position much of the time? Please explain to those of us who can only see the box score and read the newspaper descriptions. --Lee Bass, St. Louis
In those newspaper descriptions, I've written stories detailing Curry's problems. It's all of the above that you listed. The biggest problem is he is often out of position defensively so then he is out of position to rebound. He also needs to get meaner under the glass.
I'm taking my kids to the game Saturday night. I'm thinking of staying at a hotel downtown. I'd like to know where the visitors stay. I assume that's pretty common knowledge, but the Bulls' policy is to not release it. Would you? I assure you we're not groupies, stalkers or anything that would cause trouble for the Cavaliers. --Frank C. Bond, Wheeling
It's not really my job to say that a lot of teams stay at the Ritz Carlton, either.
How come so many members of the media believe that Krause won't trade Crawford because Krause is too stubborn to admit failure. Krause seemed to have no trouble letting go of Elton Brand and Ron Artest, and he's waived or traded other first-rounders in the past such as Corie Blount, Jason Caffey, Dragan Tarlac (shudder) and Corey Benjamin. Speaking of Benjamin, why did the Bulls give up on him so fast? He was one of the most athletically gifted players we've had, put up respectable numbers as a starter, and wasn't the only player who had a problem with Tim Floyd. --Farhan Arshad, Rio Ranco, N.M.
Well, because Brand and Artest weren't failures. And they were traded for good players or, at least in the case of Chandler, players with good potential. As for Benjamin, I had to laugh at that one because CB was one of my favorite Bulls. He was totally laid-back. But it's pretty simple: He's been out of the league since the Bulls let him go, so how wrong could've they been?
Hey K.C., anybody home? Just watched the Utah and Dallas games and what I have seen and read only verifies my original thoughts. This is a bad, bad Bulls team and organization. Do you still think trading Elton Brand for Tyson Chandler was a good thing? --Jim Krapf, Edwardsville, Ill.
It sure doesn't look good right now. Chandler is 20. Ask me in five years.
What do the Bulls players and coaches do on their days off, and who hangs out with whom? --Andrew, Atlanta
Days off aren't always days off. If they're on the road and it's a game day, they have a morning shootaround, followed by lunch, usually a nap and then the game. If it's a non-game day, they have film sessions and practice and then treatment and stuff. A lot of them go shopping or see movies or grab a meal or nap. A lot play video games in their hotel room. Curry and Crawford and Mason Jr. are pretty tight. Rose and Jay Williams spend time together. But you're just as likely to see different guys hanging out together at different times. They spread it around.
Has anyone noticed the Pacers this year? Their record reflects the trade with the Bulls. Anyone still think it was a great trade? --Glenn Koser, Galena, Ill.
Jalen Rose himself said that at this point, the trade has benefited the Pacers. Then again, he's waiting for 20-year-olds to develop.
Hey, K.C., why is everyone so high on Jay Williams? He looks to be more of a B.J. Armstrong type rather than a perennial All-Star. Could the Bulls have been wrong in their assessments of his talents? --Derrick Walters, Stafford, Va.
If so, then everybody is wrong. Everybody pegged this guy as the consensus No. 1 or No. 2 pick. I mean, we're talking about the National College Player of the Year. It's early. He's young. I agree he hasn't played quite the way I expected him to thus far. But give him some time.
Talk to you next week,