Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Bulls Links & A Must-Read Fight Club / Calvin & Hobbes Comparison

The NBA Logo Ranking Project: #2 – The Chicago Bulls

It’s probably impossible to be objective about Chicago’s logo as purely an element of design.

The mythos and success of Michael Jordan combined with the fact that the bull imagery accompanied the creation and rise of what was perhaps the biggest global marketing personality of all time means that when I look at the the Bulls’ logo, I’m not just looking at a logo. I’m looking at six rings. I’m looking at Mars Blackmon. I’m looking at the Double Nickel. I’m looking at ProStars. I’m looking at the Flu Game. I’m looking at Wheaties. I’m looking at 63 in Boston Garden. I’m looking at the Dream Team.

I’m looking at the hangtime. I’m looking at the flying motion.

Bulls exercise options on Rose, Noah
The Chicago Bulls have exercised contract options on point guard Derrick Rose and forward Joakim Noah for the 2010-11 season.

The reigning Rookie of the Year and a Chicago native, Rose averaged 16.8 points and 6.3 assists last season while leading the Bulls to the playoffs after being taken with the No. 1 draft pick. An inflamed tendon behind his right ankle kept him out for most of the preseason, but he is expected to be ready for the season opener against San Antonio on Thursday.

Noah, the ninth pick in the 2007 draft, has averaged 6.7 points and 6.6 rebounds over two seasons.

Hey, Vinny: Keeping Thomas a starter is the right call

Not sure if this is a true dilemma in the mind of Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro, but starting Tyrus Thomas in Thursday's season opener against San Antonio is the right call.

The reason is simple: Starting matters to Thomas and the Bulls need their fourth-year forward to continue moving forward.

There are times when a little implied disrespect can coax a better performance from an athlete, but not in this case.

The Bulls played well late last season when Thomas became the full-time starter at power forward. He feels he has earned the right to remain in the lineup, and he's right.

Del Negro not sure Bulls are contenders
(Click for audio of VDN on Waddle & Silvy)

Chicago Bulls, NBA title contender? You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone around the league throwing that phrase around before the start of the season. Count Vinny Del Negro among them.

At least, Del Negro implied as much Tuesday during an interview on the "Waddle & Silvy" show on ESPN 1000. The context of Del Negro's statement started when the Bulls coach seemed to take exception when asked about sitting Derrick Rose a couple of times at the end of games last season.

"Yeah, he's my best player, but he's still young," Del Negro said. "He's still growing. Confidence is a big thing in this game. Statistically at the end of games last year, Derrick wasn't our best player."

Del Negro was asked if being on the floor late in games is important for Rose to learn how to win a championship.

"Well, I agree with that, but do you think we're ready to win a championship with all these young guys?" Del Negro asked.


Check back tomorrow for a huge compilation of Chicago Bulls 2009-10 Season Preview Columns!


Fight Club - The Return of Hobbes

Hobbes is reborn as Tyler to save "Jack" (a grown-up Calvin) from the slough of un-comic despair.

In the film Fight Club, the real name of the protagonist (Ed Norton’s character) is never revealed. Many believe the reason behind this anonymity is to give "Jack" more of an everyman quality. Do not be deceived. "Jack" is really Calvin from the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. It’s true. Norton portrays the grown-up version of Calvin, while Brad Pitt plays his imaginary pal, Hobbes, reincarnated as Tyler Durden.

Part I: The Hobbes-Tyler Connection

Picture this: a hyper, self-absorbed child initially concocts an imaginary friend as the ideal playmate, to whom more realistic qualities soon become attributed. This phantasm becomes a completely separate personality, with his own likes, dislikes, and temperament—and the imaginer and the imagined clash and argue constantly, though remaining fast friends. This pattern continues to the point where the child begins to perceive what was originally mere fantasy to be reality.

Just as Calvin has an imaginary jungle-animal friend named Hobbes, whom everyone else believes to be nothing but a stuffed toy, "Jack" in Fight Club has an imaginary cool-guy friend named Tyler, whom no one but Jack can see.

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