Tuesday, October 31, 2006

How Much Did Kim Jong Il Contribute?

Supposedly the North Korean dictator and his sons are gi-nor-mas fans of the Bulls thanks to MJ and the Dynasty days. (What the Carringtons have to do with it, I have no idea. Maybe Kim Jong Il likes Heather Locklear too. But then again, who doesn't like Heather Locklear?)

But what I wanna know is...

Kirk Hinrich: Smart or Shmuck?

News outta the Berto Center is that prior to the witching hour deadline for 4th year players to resign with the team that drafted them, Kirk Hinrich signed a 5 year extension with the Bulls reportedly worth $47.5 million. Initially it was reported that he wanted Tony Parker of Spurs-like money or roughly $11 million per year, but John Paxson, that crafty Gandalf-like negotiator, personally talked to Kirk on the plane flight home from Minnesota about the merits of signing with an up and coming and competitive (there's that word again) team instead of holding out for free agency and signing with one of the dregs of the NBA (do you hear me Milwaukee?).

As a fan, this makes me happier than a pig in shit.

As an astute observer of the Bulls financial situation in the coming years, overpaying for Ben Wallace made pinching pennies with Kirk Hinrich imperative. Taken together, though, the two contracts equal what Bulls management should be paying for what are now the two backbones of the franchise.

But I'm curious.

Do you think Ben Gordon or Luol Deng or Andres Nocioni will settle for the same lowballing Kirk Hinrich did? All three of the afore-mentioned players will be elligible for the same contract extention next year, and I for one can't see any of them settling for less than market value. So something's gotta give, and depending where the Bulls are in the playoff race at the trade deadline, we may see the first part of the dissolution of our team of hope. Someone -- most likely Deng or Noc -- could get traded. This embarrassment of riches can not last. But I digress...

Kirk recently got engaged, and I wonder if the pressure to plan a crop circle/ field of dreams wedding got to him. I wonder if he had a brain fart called a fiance poking and prodding him for the wedding of her dreams? I wonder if seeing what happened to Jay Williams, he of the flying motorcyle athlete clan, moved him to take the money and run? I wonder if he was worried that all the Bulls' money would dry up next season because of the afore-mentioned players extensions on the upcoming docket?

Well, he's got his security now, and as he says, he'll have more money than he'll ever need in his life cuz of this contract extension.

But the next time TJ Ford of the Raptors (who is reportedly getting the same if not more money than Kirk) tries to drive past him on the court, I hope Kirk doesn't hear smack talk like, "I got more money than you, white boy." If I were Kirk and I heard that, I just might punch Pax in his mouth.


Blogger Criminal Appeal said...

The newly flush with cash Captain Kirk sure looked secure last night. He was the best player on the floor in Miami. It was nice to see that Skiles appears to have a pretty small 8 man rotation in mind too.

10:24 AM, November 01, 2006  
Blogger Fornelli said...

Something tells me the thought process was "Ya, I think I can manage on $7 million a year."

The difference is, I don't think Kirk gives a shit about who he makes more than. He's not exactly the in your face type of baller that a lot of the NBA players are.

Besides, he bought his Maserati now, and that's all he really wanted.

12:43 PM, November 01, 2006  
Blogger Soxually Repressed said...

Hinrich knows what most msart midwestern folks know; you can scrape by on seven million a year. For that matter, seven million one time could last him for life.
Also, what were to be his options?
Milwaukee is probably the only team with thecap room and point guard need next year. Sometimes it is enough money to be happy.
Nocioni will either be traded of not resigned. He is a good player, but I'm not sure if he can get the money from any team not stretching for a player at his position. Note: T.J. Ford is not as good as Hinrich. Doesn't stay too healthy, either. Is Ben Gordon's salary prorated on how much of each game he disappears?

Don't panic too much; Paxson isn't going to suddenly forget how to trade for younger or better talent.
Besides, the Knicks are giving us the number one pick again next year.

4:29 PM, November 02, 2006  
Blogger Soxually Repressed said...

Ironic to spell "smart" wrong, isn't it?

4:30 PM, November 02, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, first of all, I dont give a fuck who you think you are, you have NO right to talk about a guy's family like that. Don't draw the fiancee into it. Stick to the facts, and to the relevant issue. Secondly, you weren't there on the plane, looking over John Paxson's shoulder, watching the deal go through. So don't make up shit about stuff you don't know. And $7 million isn't pinching pennies or low balling. Its a hell of a lot of money. But thank you for adding the "he'll have more money than he'll ever need in his life [because] of this contract extension" comment, since it was pretty much the only factual piece of info in the whole "article". And next time, please check the numbers. They're FAR from accurate.

3:31 PM, June 25, 2007  

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