The 6ft Hurdle wrote:fleet wrote:The 6ft Hurdle wrote:LOL I've been out of he loop on Bulls basketball for so long that the only 'real' division on his board were the Ben Gordon vs. Duhon vs. Hinrich vs. Deng wars. I had mentally checked out of the Bulls team itself (but not this forum, incidentally) after the Derrick Rose return from injury and finally after the 2015 exit against NJ.
I didn't even know there was a Markkanen division/controversy, LOL.
My 6-year old's burgeoning interest in basketball has brought me back (and a bunch of trades we'd been waiting to see since 2001). Carry on.
In the early times, it was Jay Vs Jamal. There, in the ancient computer texts were tellings of the largest conflagration Bulls fans have ever experienced.
I have new interest in the Bulls myself. Just because the Bulls are now acting just like all the other teams have acted, all around us forever. That prior situation created a weariness over time in me that said nothing normal can happen here. We had a million allegedly practical reasons why we were too good or bad for all that. Defenders of the regime. AK’s arrival has shown that it was mostly just a strange case of a team owner that stubbornly suspended the team in GarPax amber for a long long while. We have been caught in a weird place for a long time man. Yeah guys, we can actually just trade a guy like Lauri (and an entire team) away and start fresh overnight instead. Without acting as if we had to outsmart the entire league and be more pure in the process.
Jay vs. Jamal was like WW1. LOL. Straight from the archives. I remember there were some posters who poked fun at the fact that he started calling himself "Jay" instead of his full name.
Then it became Jamal vs. Hinrich, then Hinrich vs. BG, which in retrospect is all so exhausting, especially when it appears we have zero influence on decisionmaking (or has THAT changed too now?)
I didn't like how it seemed like Kirk always seemed to be talked about in terms of the coach's son stereotypes and seemed to be evaluated with those stereotypes in mind and completely unchecked. I'm not too sure if GarPax evaluated him in that way, but judging by the way they talked about him it seems they did.
Incidentally, in Zach Lavine's lone year at UCLA, I was incredibly annoyed at how our coach at the time Steve Alford was giving his literal son, Bryce, all these minutes over a freshman Zach. What happened to Zach in his freshman year at UCLA in favor of the literal coach's son was the very dynamic that I thought was at work whenever they played Kirk, Duhon over someone like BG: coach's son leader > talented player. But don't want to derail this thread too much. Just thought I'd share.
He became Jay because the other Jayson Williams in the NBA just got brought up on murder charges and he wanted separation from that name. I have an old pic somewhere of Jay vs Jamal it was a pic that summed up the whole drama of the situation. It was crazy. The peak was after Jay’s triple double against Jason Kidd, but that rivalry was sadly very short lived.