CTL: Who's the biggest surprise on the Bulls this season?
Thu, 31 Jan 2013|
David Kaplan and the CTL panel discuss Jimmy Butler's hot play of late as well as Nate Robinson's inspired play and instant offense and debate which is more key to the Bulls' season thus far - 1/31
With the Bulls got themselves in nicely against the box. This time they held onto it thanks to Nate Robinson a game high 24. Including his first dunk of the season the Bulls won 104. 86 that is their fifth win. In the last six games throughout Jimmy Butler another big game -- -- played his college ball Marquette CAA had sixteen points. The seventh time in the last eight games he's reached double digits by. Start with you today Jim Doyle who's been the biggest surprise. Nate Robinson. Virginia but I think you have to be Nate Robinson I think when everyone signed. When they signed Nate Robinson you kind of like okay you know dates it very energetic and takes a bad shots but he has been phenomenal this year and I knew they had to go -- get someone who could score I said Jamal Crawford's name. -- used to do you get to -- For the regular season now when they get into the playoffs you know he's a mismatch defensively he makes he turns the ball over too much for the regular season. He injects life when he steps into the lineup. Yeah I think that nobody expect to be getting what they're getting out of Buffalo right now I mean that -- this gonna transformation -- and I haven't looked -- -- -- getting a lot of different -- from a lot of different people the last eight -- ten games. Which is a good thing I mean. So it I don't know boos are probably is hurt after that long long winning streak and then last night at Robinson comes on the likes the place up so but I think a -- and he's totally surprised by one player would have been Butler. Yeah I think butler's been the biggest surprise but and I'm really -- inspired -- what Nate Robinson has been a group not just this year but throughout his career. I grew up in the region -- Gary Chicago area which has a rich. Tradition for a career high school basketball. And he can't hurt his attitude and and that the -- carries himself kind of reminds you a lot of players. Well from that area. Some -- -- on and and committed to to the Indian a lot of them didn't would probably hit that they've been given an opportunity like. But the little guy like me has been able to. Take advantage of -- particular event as well. If you watched. Picked up all the summer. The guys that survive in that -- guys with a little bit of toughness -- guys like that don't you agree you played those games all the time nodded and Nate Robinson is -- The thing I thought and I kept us in the Bulls liveliest Lakers he just comes games thanks so much energy. And increase his own shot he makes things happen offensively when the Bulls have gotten in trouble this year. It's when they cannot. Score the ball so when he comes -- you know he's gonna do he's gonna do. Something that I estrogen Ebola I disagrees with you guys to do with the Bulls have -- -- draft picks just go down the line. Each guy they have drafted has developed and become a better player -- -- -- has become a solid NBA all star. Noah has gotten great shape he's an NBA all star guys they drafted Taj Gibson and now Jimmy Butler you gotta give the Bulls their GM the front office the development team is doing it when guys brought a bull's uniform. They are better each and every year it's not tops off the Chicago Bulls so it's a pleasant surprises Darius who -- about back. Harris laid it on them right there are your thing you expect this season and you're develop -- got -- look at every guy on the roster you know about it -- When they let go there's another guy so yes do you think it James Johnson he never took the next steps so obviously you're not going to be able hit. But you look at the way the Bulls have drafted their team really each guy they've drafted I mean that includes our frozen -- he has gotten tremendously better. If that is remarkable for what it I was judging coach by. Do you get better each and every year. And the guys the Bulls are clearly getting better you know deserves a lot of credit and I don't think he gets it because he's over -- Rasmussen and guard I was just considered sharp form and deserves a ton of credit. And everyone goes well Scott Paxson that golf for a guy out there scouting. He's on the road right now he's got its finding these players -- -- What did you mean by an -- that not only identifying talent. But also identify potential and coach ability which which is sometimes underestimated but Belichick kept. Where would you think the Bulls were going to be -- I was on the show and I cited the Bulls in the right before five slump before Rose comes back right now the third best record percentage wise in the east. -- all the viewers. Where did you think the Bulls we're gonna I had and they will be 67 or eight -- going to the playoffs. I mean that that's going to be a 100% false because once Carlos I great bummer I was wrong no question about it -- to wrap up AB's to subside and he didn't have games over 500 and I'm not here to toot my own horn but I want to know your reaction. Why are they having so much success this year because they have. A guy who in his career is over will go down as one of the five greatest coaches in the history of the sport the history of the NBA Tom Thibodeau. Where experts aren't there more holes of big steak -- Tom Thibodeau is that good way to get as well. I think. -- I never would have -- notably the forced things tonight and I you know even though I love why not he's well he's a lot of those same numbers every year but it's England's veteran Darren battered to the point where he's really a force out there and he's he's not just a good player fitting in all he's -- he can be a force and is on a lot of the time. I didn't think that was gonna happen Tommy Aaron and it has and I think that's a big difference as much as this is become. You know our power forward wing forwards -- small men's game is still great to have a big big man who can do it. Character of the guys that they draft every guy has high character every guy. They buy into what Tom -- and they've got a phenomenal coach great development system. Organizations. But as Jerry Krause said you got all that grief for it. They really do win -- championship they have a great organization and they've got all that he picked the seventh or eighth and he's I -- I thought I did not think they would score well enough. After breaking up the bench Bobby Derrek Lee and I didn't and they've proven -- -- another inning or another they're full assault to they need another superstar -- the whole thing yes absolutely. From I actually think they can win the whole thing. Because when Rose comes back he's anything like. You know Adrian Peterson -- Branden Dawson Michigan State all come off the scene ACL injury. These guys have come back even better and I'd put my faith that -- come back out of I think they can win it.