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During the offseason in any sports you’re prone to hear any and everybody’s name in some kind of trade rumor, whether valid or not. Remember the summer where Kobe was rumored to be on his way to Chicago? So if there were once rumors about Kobe, what makes you player x so special. Which brings me to Luol Deng who is basically admitting that all the talk of being moved is getting to him. Here’s what Deng had to say to an ESPN reporter.

“I believe there is always to some extent truth behind rumors, but as an athlete, if you get caught up in them, you are really wasting your time because it’s not something you can control. If it’s not true, a GM could always come out and say it’s not true. But if a GM doesn’t come out and say it, there are probably talks. And there should be. If I was a GM I would be shopping players around, too. I’ve got to show that I’m doing something. As much as I want to stay on the team — I love Chicago, I love the Bulls — at the same time, I know the business part of it. Sooner or later, all the rumors are going to come up.”

From that quote, it would be easy to jump on Deng as being an overly sensitive athlete, but he does admit to understanding it is a business, the only thing I would criticize is his stating his undying love for Chicago and wanting to stay on the team. None of that would matter if he was offered an opportunity to go to a team with a better chance at a title. Would he still hold that same love for the Bulls? What about when it comes to contract time, is he going to be willing to take a pay cut for the ‘love’ of Chicago and the Bulls?

I’d venture to say no. I appreciate his candor, however, I can see his words being used against him one day. And whether right or wrong, that’s the way the business that Deng is involved in works.

It would be interesting to see if they do move Deng who the Bulls would bring in. Though a solid player, Deng doesn’t provide enough scoring for the Bulls in my opinion, and though he stands 6 foot 9 inches, he’s merely an average to above average defender. You would think the Bulls would want someone younger that can average 20 points, something Deng has never done in his 8 years as a pro.


I Love That Guy

I can’t begin to tell you how much I like Ozzie Guillen. Correction, I love that guy, hands down he holds the current title of most intriguing manager in the league. Never short of something to say and well, early Thursday morning was no different. After a 2 to 1 extra inning loss to the Kansas City Royals Ozzie had enough of his teams play. During the press conference Guillen called his team’s performance pathetic, and though he gave Royals pitcher Bruce Chen credit, he laid more blame on the teams lost to their approach to the plate. Now many will claim that Ozzie’s approach to managing is counterproductive, that he should do all this name calling, poking and prodding behind closed doors, and that a manager shouldn’t be so vocal to the media about how he feels about his team. Well I disagree, that’s like telling parents how to discipline their child. Ozzie is with that team 6-7 months out of the year, so he has a good gauge on what gets them going. And just like parenting there’s a million different approaches none of which are more right than the others. Also in a society where most people won’t say what they really feel on camera Ozzie says what’s on his mind and moves on. Let’s not forget he’s won a title with this style and while his team is 4 games under .500 they’re only 5 games out of first place, and right now could be the time where they make their move or fall out of the divisional race all together, and its Ozzies’ job to make sure they stay in striking position. Above all, Ozzie is entertaining, so even though the White Sox may play so wishy washy, at least you can be satisfied with Guillens’ performance in the press conference. The White Sox head into Cleveland to play the Indians over the weekend for a three game series and if they can win at least 2 of 3 that puts them in prime position to take the division with little over 2 month left in the season. So below is the video of his post game rant, enjoy because I sure did.


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