Despite rumblings by talking sports hairpieces, this certainly caught me a bit off guard. Get it? Off guard?
Who would've thought at the beginning of the season that the Bulls would end up sucking as much as an elected Republican official that they'd all but give up in mid-February by trading their defensive (and yes, overpriced) centerpiece to a hated division rival while taking on said rival's salary cap albatross?
Sure he was inconsistent but I liked Drew Gooden, yet once we get our injured players back (Tweedledum, Tweedledumber and Boobie), I think we can challenge Boston and Detroit for the Eastern crown. Why? The Man With The Amazing Afro is going to have something to prove and we've added a legitimate outside shooter in Wally World. Sure, Wallace is indeed overpaid and aging not all that gracefully, but let's face it: the window is going to be slammed shut in a few years once LeBron leaves for shinier pastures.
Anyway, our roster as it currently stands:
5 Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Dwayne Jones
4 Ben Wallace, Anderson Varejao
3 LeBron James, Joe Smith, Sasha Pavlovic
2 Wally Szczerbiak, Daniel Gibson, Devin Brown
1 Delonte West, Eric Snow, Damon Jones
Detroit is probably deeper with a more experienced starting five and Boston has the big three and an improving, youthful bench, but we have the one thing they don't: the best player in the league, and that gives us a puncher's chance.