Bull-Rush: Wallace to Chicago
Posted Jul 13 2006 6:52PM
By Gail Goodrich
The Chicago Bulls instantly became title contenders by prying Ben Wallace away from Detroit. Chicago got a great player in the four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year. The Bulls were the best team the last two years in field goal percentage defense, but this move makes them even better and gives them an intimidator inside. Wallace is the one player in the league that can dominate a game without scoring a point, but I still think they could use some scoring at the center position to balance out their team. They depend a great deal on their perimeter players for their scoring as it now stands. I would not be surprised to see them try to make another deal or add another player before the season begins. With that said, this is real positive for the Bulls. They are now a force in the East beyond the first round of the playoffs.
And I donít think Chicago is finished yet. John Paxson has done a real good job in bringing all the pieces together Ė through trades and the draft so far Ė especially since they have young players that they will need to resign soon. Tyrus Thomas will be interesting to watch. Will he be a contributor from the start? That is a good question. He has a great deal of potential, especially for the future.
HORNETS BUZZING WITH ACTIVITY
The Hornets have also done a nice job to help themselves. Iím not sold on the Peja Stojakovic signing though. His last few years have not been particularly great. His game has just not been improving. In fact, it has been going the other way. Now you can make a case that it is due to the injuries he has suffered the last few years, but his play has taken a step back. When he is healthy, he really can shoot the basketball as everyone knows, but with Byron Scott demanding his players to commit to defense, he could certainly be a liability. All in all, you have to give the Hornets credit for trying to improve the club.