Chicago Bulls: Should They Bring Back Andres Nocioni?

March 17th, 2012 by Michael Gibbons Leave a reply »
I can still here the chants from the 2005 and 2006 playoffs.

Noc-i-oni! Noc-i-oni!

It was the Bulls' first playoff game since Michael Jordan retired and Andres Nocioni had the United Center rocking.

He played nearly every second of that game and led the Bulls with 25 points and 18 rebounds as the Bulls beat the Washington Wizards 104-95. Unfortunately, the Bulls ended up losing that series 4-2.

If you think Tom Thibodeau rides Luol Deng hard, then you don't remember how Scott Skiles used Nocioni.

The next season he did it again, this time against the Miami Heat. He averaged 22 points and nearly nine rebounds during the series, which once again saw the Bulls losing the series 4-2.

Back then Nocioni was on top of the mountain and since then it has been a slow ride down.

Next season Deng stayed healthy and reclaimed the starting small forward spot and had a breakout series against Miami in the playoff.

Then in 2007 the team underachieved and eventually Nocioni was traded during the 2008-2009 season for John Salmons. Since leaving the Bulls he has spent time with the Kings and 76er ...

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