Corporate Knowledge: March 1, 2012
- Disappointed as I was in San Antonio Spurs fans to see so many Chicago Bulls jerseys in the AT&T Center (I’ve never seen so many XXL Bulls jerseys in my life), I can’t help but admire what the Bulls are building in Chicago.A quick comparison if I may: If the Miami Heat are taking an almost Lakers-like approach in assembling the biggest stars possible, the Chicago Bulls mirror the early Spurs championship teams in that they have built a winning culture around an all-world MVP and defense, making up for the overall star power they lack.
- It starts with Derrick Rose, and for more than his almost inhuman talent, as Henry Abbott brilliantly put it yesterday:
“The truth is, there are a lot of players who can run fast, jump high and dunk hard. But there are not a lot who can star on one of the most cohesive teams in NBA history, and those skills matter too, maybe more than anything.”
From an outsider’s perspective, Rose and Thibodeau share a similar relationship to the one enjoyed by Popovich and Duncan. Crucial to that relationship is Rose’s willingness to be coached and held accountable. To me, there are all-world talents, and leaders, and this is what sets Rose and Durant apart from the likes of LeBron James and Dwight Howard.
It’s a trait that served Duncan well, and it should serve Rose and the Bulls well over the next decade.
- Before the game, Tom Thibodeau was gushing about the Spurs and Gregg Popovich in much the same way that Popovich use to praise Jerry Sloan and the Utah Jazz. ESPN Chicago’s Nick Friedell writes about the mutual respect shared between Thibodeau and Popovich.Over at the Express-News, Buck Harvey writes about the two coaches and how their paths mirror each other, noting Thibodeau’s time in San Antonio.
- Over at our fellow TrueHoop site Bulls by the Horns, Matt McHale points out that while the Spurs starters held their own, the bench, despite Gary Neal’s best efforts, were pretty handily defeated.The benches have been a strength of both teams this season, and with the Spurs coming in depleted there certainly is no shame in losing the battle this night. T.J. Ford had his moments and provides the Spurs second unit with a much-needed distributor, but he is understandably winded.Tiago Splitter might be similarly winded or rusty, but was also nowhere near an option to go at Omar Asik. Splitter is a master of using space to put defensive players in a bad position, Asik never relinquished any. The results were two dreadful hook shots that had no chance of falling
- Matthew Tynan of Pounding the Rock, talks a little bit about the importance of a superstar in the clutch in his recap. The Spurs were missing Manu Ginobili, the Chicago Bulls had Derrick Rose. While the Spurs have received elite level play from Tony Parker, it’s never easy to go head to head with what is essentially a stronger, faster, and infinitely more explosive version of yourself.
- And finally, a little bit of self-promotion as I handled the Daily Dime lead story over at ESPN.