D’Antoni regret passing on unbelieve-a-Bull situation?

Posted: May 21, 2008 in Basketball, Sports
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NEW JERSEY — The situation couldn’t have worked out better for Chicago. After slapping the Bulls in the face with his mind-boggling decision to take the disaster of a job with the New York Knicks, Mike D’Antoni’s reaction at the NBA Draft Lottery was priceless when he found out that it would be Chicago getting the No. 1 pick and not his new employer.


What you didn’t see when the cameras panned away from his formerly grinning mug was his fingers fast at work texting his agent to get back on the phone with Jerry Reinsdorf.


Sorry D’Antoni. It’s too late. All you had to do was wait a few more days to get an offer from the Bulls. But you apparently, as you put it, heard and found out everything you needed to know to make your decision. Perhaps next time you should take a deeper look into the future – all the way to the year 2000.


Regardless of whether or not the Bulls choose Beasley or Rose, they will immediately upgrade a less than enthused lineup. As for the coaching  decision, you have to wonder if the already attractive position will draw even more interest in the coming weeks.


The talk now is Avery Johnson and some other lesser known candidates. The question is whether to get a coach in place to help make the pick, or decide on a player and choose a coach that will work with your new franchise player that the team will ultimately be built around.


There are also rumors surfacing of the Bulls possibly trying to acquire Carmello Anthony. If that happens coupled with the No. 1 pick, should Chicago fans start popping champagne? The right selection could make all the difference. Keep in mind, it’s too early to tell and you should never put the cart before the horse, but the Bulls only had a 1.7 percent chance of winning the Lottery in the first place.





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