The commentators, none too pleased about the Sunday Showcase between Los Bulls and Neuva York, which, on paper, looked really good when the schedule was drawn up in the summer or whenever, but likely only attracts an audience of me, Spike Lee, everyone at the United Center and some die-hard Knicks fans..well, to my surprise, the game was anything but boring.
Some of us were still drinking our Dunkin’ Donuts extra large hazelnut and eating an egg sandwich, and weren’t ready for the sensory overload of this game.
Jimmy Butler gets a standing ovation after he saved a ball from going out of bounds, then runs through the crowd. DRose and his son P.J. watch the game, with the head of Bulls Security. Ah, so much for player security.
Jimmer (not to be confused with my pal Kellie “Chimmers” Nichols) Fredette joins the Bulls, gets fan reaction like it’s the return of MJ, and makes a basket. Despite the fact the post-game tweets were all about the zillions of reporters camping out at Jimmer’s locker, I can’t seem to find video of “the shot” on youtube.
And the team set records all over the place.
Jo was one rebound away from a triple double before halftime. He got the triple double (I think it was in the third). He had 14 assists, the most for a center in Bulls history.
And, strolling through the park on a Sunday afternoon…in a strange turn of events, on the turnover front, whereas the Bulls used to be plagued by them. I mean, it would be a victory if they kept them under 18. Well, they only had three, a franchise record.
It was refreshing, for once, not to have to turn down the volume on Jeff Van Gundy (JVG), as he as his sidekick (sorry, don’t remember his name) were actually pro-Bulls! The talk centered on the Knicks and their “situation.”
Now listen, I grew up a Knicks fan because at our place at 921 55th Street in good old Brooklyn NY, that’s what you did and that’s what you were. Legend has it that my Mom would have to call my Dad at the office with the score of critical games when he wasn’t home in time to watch them on TV. That was in the dark ages. There was no Internet.
And JVG was actually talking about the fact that the Knicks organization should try to get them out of Sunday matinee games, or any games which start before 3 p.m. local time because I guess they’ve lost like every one of those games this year.
This brought to mind a theme I used to write about last season when the Bulls seemed to lose any game which started at any time other than 7 or 7:30 p.m. local time, and especially if the game was on a holiday. Noon on Sunday. Guaranteed loss. New Year’s Eve. Big loss. New Year’s Day. Forget it. Easter? Double digit loss.
But today the guys were talking about being ready to play, and if there’s one thing you can say about our Bulls, other than they’ve got heart – it’s they’re ready.
Following a January 2013 loss to the Suns, this is what Thibs had to say: “If they say we’re playing at midnight on the roof, you should be saying let’s get the ladders.”
Los Bulls brought it today, even if it was against Neuva York. And we best enjoy the Bulls’ current standing in the East – at #3, because the Raptors are playing as we speak (Sunday afternoon, March 2), so it could be all tied up again by bedtime.
Meantime, it’s on to Brooklyn. He he. It might be a Monday game, but seems like it will still be like a Sunday afternoon walk in the park for our Bulls.
Beat the Nets.