NBA Notes: For the Chicago Bulls, Luol Deng Is a Link to the Past

October 7th, 2010 by Brendan Millhouser Leave a reply »
Sometimes in sports we lose sight of the fact that the measure of success is not only winning championships.  There are around 30 teams in every league and one championship for each year.  The vast majority of teams and players will never achieve that ultimate goal.  

In the NBA, in particular, there is a tendency for repeat winners, as well.  For every Larry Selke trophy that Kobe Bryant takes home, another 600 players have only what-ifs to ponder.

Are they all failures?

Should more modest levels of success be forgotten because there’s no hardware on the mantle to remind us?

Of course not.  Sometimes in the cutthroat business of professional sports, players, teams, and even eras get swept under the rug, never to be appreciated fully.  Let's take a moment to remember Chicago basketball in the years before Derrick Rose took the helm.

The Ben Gordon-Kirk Hinrich Bulls have almost moved on completely.  There is only one player left from those early days: Luol Deng.  When he is gone, their will be no trace.

The preceding Bulls teams were so bad and nondescript that they ...

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