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Bulls Thu Nov 06 2008

To The Hole: Bulls Meet The MVP-Elect

Last night the Bulls collectively bore witness [Nike payoff-Ed.] for the first time this season to the King, aka, LeBron James, aka, The MVP-Elect. Bron-Bron was his highlight-ready self as he dropped a smooth 41 points in addition to his nine boards, six dimes and four steals; you know, just the sort of ultra-proficient and dominating performance that leads to an MVP award. Seriously, spec his production over HERE! So yeah, along with his myriad of monikers, I'm throwing another one up there: MVP-Elect. Of course it's early, but barring any (knock-on-wood) injury or Act of God, Bron will be rocking the hardware at the end of the regular-season wherein he will feast, statistically and literally (Dude, he loves cannibalizing on lesser-opponents) on the NBA. Right now, he's rocking a "healthy" 25.8 ppg, eight rebounds and 7.4 assists. I mean, what are you going to complain about with a line like that? "His scoring could be up?" Sure, but, I mean, that's like moaning about how Adriana Lima's body isn't hot enough, in other words: Madness!

Meanwhile, on the Bulls side of things, there are actually a few positives to rake and recover from the charred remains of your pride after being humbled by LBJ, to wit: The three players the Bulls need on offense are all doing their part. Derrick Rose has been amazing this far into his nascent career arc, averaging close to 18 points, four boards and four dimes a game. What's more impressive is that Rose is already making the Bulls offense (an offense with a hard-earned reputation of stagnation and, you know, eating a d*ck,) run, gun and most importantly score points. The Bulls are never going to be glitzy offensive juggernauts of the league (See Lakers, Los Angeles; Suns, Phoenix or Nuggets, Denver for examples of rosters loaded with a galaxy's worth of talent on O). But with Rose (unlike his predecessors) there is a flow to the fast breaks and more than a mere concept of "ball movement" in the halfcourt game. The verdict is still out, people, we're a week into the season, but Rose has been impressive thus far. In addition to the fresh-out-of-the-box Rose, forgotten and moody, ahem, "stars" Luol Deng and Ben Gordon have seemingly been able to put aside their respective off-court issues with Bulls management and have both contributed at times on the points-scoring front in the continual Bulls conflict with "not scoring."

However, with the Bulls squad and especially Rose, Deng and Gordon, approach with caution. This is a volatile squad full of misanthropes and degenerates that are being led by a rookie on the court and a rookie on the bench. In the meantime, enjoy what LeBron James will be doing on a nightly basis to the rest of the League.

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