The Bulls just moved up in the Central Division standings and the Eastern Conference playoff race because of a stupid basketball endeavor.
International basketball is good for something, I guess. Such as, a season-ending injury to a rival star before the season even gets started.
Like the Blackhawks and the NHL going to the Olympics and World Championships, the Bulls and the NBA play in some silly international tourney and then the Olympics. Welcome to the land of ongoing stupid.
Paul George landed on a stanchion that was too close to the end line. He shattered his right tibia and fibula. He shattered the Pacers’ 2014-15 season.
Because of a silly scrimmage for USA Basketball, which pays George nothing close to the franchise than just lost its franchise player.
So, why is Derrick Rose still playing for Team USA? Why is Chairman Reinsdorf allowing it?
Maybe Rose committed to the national team and feels he has to stay. Maybe he has to sell sneakers around the world this way.
Maybe the Chairman can’t officially yank his franchise player off the court. Maybe he echoes the organizational support for Rose’s venture that general manager Gar Forman cited.
But those two ought to wise up. Everybody in the NBA ought to wise up.
George’s gruesome-looking injury over the weekend changed everything, or at least it did in the minds of people who aren’t brain dead.
You have to be an idiot owner to let your players participate in international hoops. You have to be a stupid and selfish player to do it.
I’d hate the chairman of my team if he didn’t at least voice opposition to the franchise player's going on with this nonsense. I’d hate the player for risking injury this way.
I realize such injuries could happen anywhere and at any time. But I could deal with them easier if they happened while training and conditioning for an NBA team, not international basketball that nobody gives a spit about.
I don’t care if your country is calling. Hang up. Your NBA team pays you millions. That’s who you work for. Tell Uncle Sam and Coach K to find some college kids who aren’t the difference between an NBA championship and a waste of time.
The Pacers will waste their time and effort this season without George. They were a wreck by the end of last season, but without his talent, they’re done, same as the Bulls when it came to playing without Rose.
The Bulls have no chance to win an NBA title without Rose. They might not have a chance with him, but they’re certainly dead without him. See the last two years for details.
What if he’s the next sap to suffer an injury playing in a useless game for something nobody in Chicago cares about?
I don’t care if a devastating injury to a franchise player hasn’t happened before. It has happened now. It should not be allowed to happen again. Amend the collective bargaining agreement to ban such participation. What business risks losing its greatest assets for something that doesn’t clearly benefit the home office?
George’s injury is what every smart NBA executive feared. It is what smart NHL executives fear when their players go to the Olympics, and the Islanders experienced it when star center John Tavares suffered a knee injury against Latvia in Sochi in February.
It is a moronic exercise for multibillion dollar organizations. Let the corrupt mopes in the Olympics risk injuries to players less valuable over here.
What matters with NBA players is what happens in the NBA. Period.