Living in Washington, DC affords us many wonderful experiences. One of them is affordable ticket prices to sporting events. Sad, but true. The Verizon Center is just blocks away from where we work, and so we attend Washington Wizards games quite frequently, but his trip I was really excited because I got to check out my favorite team: The Chicago Bulls!
As I witnessed the visiting Chicago Bulls taking on my hometown Washington Wizards in the beautiful Verizon Center (four rows from the floor), I realized that Derrick Rose is a certified beast of a player. I also realized that he makes the Bulls a great team that CAN’T win without him. What’s more is that John Wall WILL be a certified beast of a player, and he MIGHT make the Wiz a good team that CAN’T win without him. Let me clarify what I’m saying: The Bulls are a good team without Rose. I would dare say that they can be a playoff team without him. They got great players: Noah, Boozer, Deng, and Hamilton just to name a few. But Rose makes Chicago a championship contender. In contrast, the Wizards one and only irreplaceable is Wall. Who are the other pieces, and why can’t we get the similar type of players? I’ve been a Wizards/Bullets fan my entire life. Its the ONLY local professional team that I truly support.
Rarely is the Verizon Center packed for a Wizards Game nowadays however, for this game-The Phone Booth was PACKED! Many were Bulls fans like me, but the Wiz had a lot of support. The Bulls came off heartbreaking loss (at least it was heartbreaking for me) to the Miami Heat. I was glad to see them bounce back. I did have a few concerns. The Bulls had more turnovers, less rebounds, less scoring in the paint, but still managed to win the game. That can’t continue. The main difference? Free Throws…the Bulls had more chances at the line. They won’t go far in the post season with shaky play like this.
I danced in the streets when Wall was drafted AND when Ted Leonsis took the ownership of the team. I KNEW that brighter days were ahead. I’m still waiting! Don’t get me wrong, I like some of the pieces that we have: Nick Young and Trevor Booker are good role players for us. And I LOVE Javelle McGee! I think this guy is going to be a star. But he’s playing out of position. He’s not a center, he’s a forward, which gets me to my point: We need a big man. Someone who can play down low and wreak havoc in the middle. I do have some suggestions: we can make an effort to draft JD Sullinger this year, because it’s a lock that we won’t make the playoffs this year. Or, we can make a play for the Grizzlies Marc Gasol. Or, (and this is my personal preference) we can sign the Pacers’ Roy Hibbart. The rumor going around is that Hibbart wants out of Indiana after this season. This makes the most sense. Roy has really developed as a low post presence, and he has ties in DC as a former Georgetown big man. This will free up McGee to play his natural position to roam and run that baseline. But no matter what the Wiz do, Wall needs some help…..desperately.
Speaking of help, the Dwight Howard rumor mill continues to churn. Now the star is saying he would not be opposed to playing in Chicago. I’m going to remain calm but if that were to happen?! OMG! We are truly East Coast basketball people and while our teams are on opposite ends of the spectrum, the game was entertaining. Our seats were amazing and I can’t wait to check out more games!