I'm a Bulls fan extremely mad online. If you aren't sure why, Ricky O'Donnell summed it up best here.
Below you'll find the application I'll be sending to 29 other teams. It's simple, straightforward, and if answered correctly, will fix my problem of having bumbling idiots running basketball operations for my favorite team.
Obviously I'm kidding. The Bulls will always be the center of my civic pride. But it's heartbreaking to watch a franchise openly express zero interest in assembling a dynamically run organization.
Yes, we've had it really good as Bulls fans. We've had the blessing of watching six championships with the greatest athlete to ever play the game. But now, nearly 21 years since Michael left, the organization has watched the city's two baseball teams each win a World Series, three Stanley Cups, and a Bears team turn a toxic culture into a Super Bowl contender coming of age under the right coach.
But the Bulls are lazy. They refuse to put the work into winning another title. Instead they keep hoping with enough Jordan era nostalgia we'll keep blindly handing over our money without ever seeing just how little they respect us. That's why they've never changed the logo, or the uniform, or why they plant Scottie Pippen courtside for every game. They're hoping we just keep thinking about the 90's when things were perfect. But we're not as dumb as John Paxson thinks we are. The game is more accessible than ever with the advent of League Pass and sharing highlights online. There are no big markets anymore. Only superstars with massive follower counts. And the Bulls transparent dysfunction has kept every free agent superstar from ever landing in Chicago.
And It's not just here in Chicago. The Bulls are still incredibly popular in Asia. David Stern had the brilliant, but also like no duh dude, idea to take the game globally as Michael Jordan's stock soared. But those 90's kids in Asia have grown up. A lot of them have their own children who will probably fall in love with basketball like their parents did. Who are they seeing on TV or YouTube? Not Cameron Payne, or Jabari Parker. They're watching Steph, Embiid, LeBron, Harden, and Durant.
By refusing to do what's right and fire John Paxson and Gar Forman, the Bulls continue to alienate their fan-base and decimated their growth potential. After Jordan's run, they had an opportunity to be the next Lakers, or Celtics, or Yankees. Instead of working at becoming a multi-decade institution of greatness, they've made nearly every wrong decision possible and show no signs of accountability.
Until ownership sells the team, this is what we can always expect - a dysfunctional, condescending misery. I'm just so sick of it.
Magic Johnson can keep his job. The Lakers president of basketball operations said he would step down if he didn't land a premier free agent either this summer or next. After a harrowing five days without job security, Magic got THE free agent.
LeBron James is signing with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The four-year deal is worth $154 million with an opt-out after the third season. The longest deal LeBron has signed since he took his talents to South Beach.
There's not much to say. The move was expected. The only real surprise is his announcement came less than 24 hours after the start of free agency. By comparison, LeBron waited more than a week after the official July 1 start date to release the Decision and the SI cover story.
Following the Decision 3.0, the Lakers signed Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee, and Rajon Rondo. Not exactly the super team predicted to join LeBron, especially with Paul George staying in OKC. But it's a long off-season and the Lakers aren't done yet.
I'll have more to say once free agency cools down. Speculating on what happens next is useless since my next paragraph focused on DeMarcus Cousins probably signing in LA. Naturally Cousins just decided to sign a one-year, $5.3 million dollar deal with the Warriors five minutes after I started writing. Why? Because the NBA is chaos and I clearly can't predict anything right.
Until then, remember when Cousins tried to beat up Kevin Durant in the locker room last year? Incredible. I can't wait for the 2018-19 season to begin.
I write the words I'm too uncomfortable to say.