I had my own ideas on how the Chicago Bulls would rebuild the organization but this is brilliant!
Why settle for winning only part of the lottery?
“This is pretty good, this No. 1 pick, it’s true,” Bulls general manager John Paxson told reporters while watching pre-draft workouts at the United Center. “We could probably get a pretty good player. But you see, if we cash it in and play the NBA Draft Lottery some more, we have a chance to win, like, the whole draft. Our team can’t afford to pass up a chance like that.”
With such a brilliantly unconventional move, haters come out of the wood work.
Basketball experts reacted to the move with skepticism bordering on scorn.
“I really thought the big question for the Bulls would be whether to take Derrick Rose at point guard or Michael Beasley at power forward,” said Chicago Sun-Times reporter Jay Mariotti. “But now they’re going to try and win the entire draft? Typical Bulls move. They’re going to lose it all, you know. No wonder they don’t have a coach yet.”
“Do they understand the actual odds of winning a lottery are something like 30 million to one?” said ESPN’s Marc Stein. “They had a two percent chance to get even this far. They should quit while they’re ahead, or at least trade down, maybe get Brook Lopez at center, a position they really need.”
“Even if they somehow beat the odds and pull it off, look at what they’d get,” Stein added. “The 2008 Draft sucks! Kosta Koufos? Chase Budinger? Is it worth risking it all for Geert Hammink? Some jackpot.”
Luckily, Bulls management is on top of it.
“I hear these people second-guessing our decision to re-invest the top pick,” team owner Jerry Reinsdorf said Monday, “and it reminds me of 1984, when everyone wanted Hakeem Olajuwon or Sam Bowie and we wound up with a player you might have heard of named Michael Jordan. Well, just think of the entire 2008 Draft as the second coming of Michael Jordan.”
Brook Lopez? I believe I’ve called that genius move.