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News » Ability to create, score will be sorely missed

Ability to create, score will be sorely missed

Ability to create, score will be sorely missed
Mike, there is no question in my mind the Bulls will miss Ben Gordon and his 20-plus points a game. One huge difference between Gordon and the other guards was he was very good at creating his own shot and scoring in bunches, something that became important in the playoffs, where he upped his scoring average to around 24 points a game.

There's something else to keep in mind before we cavalierly say, ''Well, he didn't play well on defense, and his shooting percentage could have been higher.'' For two straight years, the Bulls placed deals on the table reported to be in the $10 million-a-year range, and he didn't accept them.

Now, the last time I checked, you don't offer that kind of deal to a player you don't need. This offseason, as Gordon said and chairman Jerry Reinsdorf recently confirmed, the Bulls took their offers off the table. So, Gordon signed a reported five-year, $55 million deal with the division rival Detroit Pistons.

Gordon's new deal is worth about $1 million dollars more per season than those offered by the Bulls . The real twist is that both he and the Bulls would have been better off if he had taken an earlier proposal from the team that spent a lottery pick on him. Now he goes to a team with less upside and a city that has fallen on hard times.

It recently has been said that the Bulls don't need Gordon now that John Salmons is aboard along with Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich. That's a nice three-guard rotation, no doubt. The problem is, the Bulls now find themselves short-handed off the bench. I don't know if the recently re-acquired Jannero Pargo or aging veteran Lindsey Hunter will be able to take on the task of big minutes if they are forced to because of injury.

This is one of those situations where both sides would have been better off coming together rather than going their separate ways. Mark it down, Gordon will be missed. I know I'm right.


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