Schanowski, CTL on how good Noah can be
Fri, 21 Dec 2012|
Mark Schanowski joins Chicago Tribune Live to discuss Joakim Noah's recent play - 12/21
-- I loved watching -- play. You know I've been appreciation for -- all things game even though not spectacular the guys there every night playing forty minutes. Taken the toughest defense of the Simon he's a lot of fun to watch. You know they've got some solid guys all the way through. Nate Robinson spun off the bench you might drive you crazy at times for the else's some remarkable shots there is a lot of excitement with this team and -- -- people -- just. Counting down the days until Derrick gets back but really. Tom Thibodeau in the Stafford threw some great work to get them in position that if there 67 games over 500 when Derrick comes back. They can make a run they can win the division and -- be a team no one play in the playoffs. I think the thing it's must present to me is is Teague because I didn't expect him to play at all in not only is -- playing that good you know he's. Putting in some valuable minutes there especially in the games yet Tom Thibodeau would not want to play ideally in nineteen year old rookie but Teague is shown they can hold up on the defense event. He's done a good job of -- learning their system what they wanna do on both ends of the floor and he's not afraid to go to the basket he's got some shots blocked. But has discouraged -- we'll come right back the next time and make a big play he sees the court very well for a guy who's new to the NBA. And I think as time goes on -- Derrick is back into the united back up for the Bulls at their positions won't captain he should -- McCain. It was my games in the NBA from the neck and thrilling for absolutely there's a statement for the next principals. Get the bulk. Go on the road and win at New York. But still likely to say and we're way better team that people thought -- one of the better teams in the east the next smacked him down that night the puts the Bulls down a notch and I think it's one game it's him yet but I grew market's been it's been fun to watch is -- game. There has been a lot of expectation coming in right a lot of people saying no way -- you know there he's out there dumping salary bubble bath. And I came on here a few weeks don't said I think this team -- an upper upper forties you know just for from after I thought there was there's a nice solid foundation there. One thing that surprised me out of all this besides Noah is. We haven't heard any complaining about Carlos Boozer you've always Boozer has has looked really good to make. He's been guys got double doubles -- Nights this year not getting the high point games -- May -- did during his Utah days but if you can give you. Sixteen points twelve rebounds you'll take that every night and he's doing a better job with the defense event he's never going to be a great. Help defender because he doesn't move his feet real well but he can't guard the guys in front of -- nobody -- a -- -- -- post Phil pulled out those defensive rebounds and I think you know he's -- and appreciate what he's throwing it I mean. When he first signed the -- on the huge contract. Everyone thought what he's gonna be a twentieth fifteen guy. And he's gonna -- -- championship well but fortunately he's not that guy anymore he's more of a perimeter jump shooting kind of guy and I think sometimes fans get frustrated because he doesn't take that that. 69260. Pound body down the -- But he's doing a lot of things he's been very consistent form and I think he's been a big part of the reason that their four games over. -- right now if you were going to be covering the NBA from outside of Chicago. What do you think your perspective would be looking at this team not being a Bulls guy who covers the team on a daily day when he hit the national. Outside perspective it's I think the national perspective would be either Bulls are trying our team we're always going to be. Perfectly prepared by Tom Thibodeau that he and his staff know works harder than the next group to get the team ready for each and every opponent so I think the -- The perception is that this is a team that's gonna have some regular season success. Because there was gonna play hard they're always gonna be ready for their match up against I think the perception would be though. Once they get to the playoffs -- scouts when everyone's ready for all your top options where they got to find additional scoring. I don't think they have enough scoring outside of you know when Rose gets back to win a championship this year. But you know the still going to be a team that's going to be sneaky dangerous in the playoffs what would you say is the single biggest thing that dad let's assume Derrek comes back and he's. Adrian Peterson he's -- away. Back to world class level. What is the single biggest thing they have to add an addition. The one thing they need is a winning score a guy can create a shot off the dribble that's why you know some of those good games of Marco Belinelli had recently people are like wow that's what a shooting guard looks like because. -- right now at this point scorer rip Hamilton is a system that. He can only come off screens -- -- down screens and and shoot the ball he's a catch and shoot guy we haven't had a creative. Shooting guard here. In I don't know how long maybe when there's when Ben Gordon was playing shooting guard but he was undersized at that point or Michael. Or Michael the out -- obviously his best of all but that's a long time ago what would you look out there people are talking a -- maybe the Bulls can trade for Kevin Love I don't really see that as a reality because they've got this kid over in Europe nickel America that you. They're hoping his performance Kevin Love maybe like good Danilo Gallinari -- we can average. Fifteen and seven he can hit the three. We haven't seen him -- -- NBA competition so we don't really know -- they're really high -- its heritage kiss I think what they're gonna do ultimately is -- figure freed up enough cap room over the next year and a half or so. They're gonna look around that the NBA landscape and see. Which to guard maybe which small forward is unhappy in his current situation off the top of my head you know I think you guys like Rudy Gay. In Memphis might be a possibility. Maybe Eric Gordon who's a lot of injury issues we know we as a world of talent they're gonna see if they can fight -- 23 guy who's close to that Max salary level that maybe can team up with -- for the next 68 years with -- up with Mirotic. And give them a run at a title the big issue is gonna be going forward what they do flew all day. His contract expires after next season so in the summer 2014 there's a lot of high quality players available free agency. If they're gonna go to the free agent market they basically have to cut ties with -- thing and as we know he's one of top of of those favorites that get tough decision. That and it just this season going on this season then forget about the future right now. They can win this division and it looks like pretty easily in Milwaukee Indiana and that that impressive and the other two teams. We're really bad so if they do win the division he had heroes that I mean. It yeah you don't have to win the championship for this to be a successful season. Especially after getting knocked out of the first round last year after the Rose injury if they can come back when a first round series and in my game. Matched up against Miami in the second round which would be a tough draw no question about it but. There's no reason why they could win the division I think originally people thought that the Indiana Pacers were going to be a lot better this season this year. They had a good run into the playoffs last year people were thinking that the Pacers might be a fifty to 55 win team and easily won the division of course Danny Granger got hurt. -- for three months he'll probably come back maybe you we. Or -- comes back there's no reason why the Bulls can't win the division I think is going to take 47 of 48 wins.