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Bulls Mon Dec 07 2009
First there was LeBron James dancing and goofing around during the Cleveland Cavaliers 101-87 blowout victory over the Bulls this past Friday, a little impromptu performance that seemed to dismiss the Bulls as a mere distraction on the court. Now it's this hand to the face.
During Saturday night's blowout victory over the Bulls (sensing a pattern here?), Toronto Raptors point guard Jarrett Jack brough the ball up court, stopped at the top of the key, stuck the ball under the crook of his arm and began tying his shoes while the Bulls on the floor, apparently dumbstruck by the move, simply stood and watched. I mean, we're talking Jarrett Jack, a guy who's only been in the league three seasons and has already played on three different teams.
Now this may seem like a slight, quirky gesture on Jack's part, but given the James performance a couple of nights earlier, it seems as if the rest of the league isn't feeling too threatened by the Bulls. After all, not one player rushed up to attempt to knock the ball out of Jack's arm while he bent over, face down and tied his shoes. So perhaps they're right to take an Alfred E. Newman attitude toward the Bulls.
To his credit, Joakim Noah wasn't sitting still for the slights, reacting strongly to James' antics during the game (he earned a tech for yelling toward the Cavalier bench to tell James to knock it off). But the rest of the squad, head coach Vinny Del Negro included, seems to be willing to sit back and take it.
The Bulls aren't the Washington Generals (yet), but if this keeps up, don't be surprised if the Harlem Globetrotters are added to their schedule.