I am the type of guy that will always give an all out support to a player who has done wonders for my team... (perhaps except Jay Cutler who badmouthed by Broncos after leaving)... Ben Gordon was one of my players who I really do like a lot... The moment he stepped up during his rookie year, I saw a Bulls team that was surging... As I remember it right, the Bulls started horrendously with a 0-9 start... But the rookies picked up the pace thanks to BG, Luol Deng, Noce and Duhon who started to jell well with guys like Kirk, Tyson and Eddy... Heck Ben Gordon was a scoring machine that racks it up once the 4th quarter started... He was that kind of guy whom the Bulls could rely on... After becoming the only rookie to win the 6th man award, things were looking up for my Bulls as they finish with a 47-35 record and a playoff appearance for the first time in the post-Jordan era. I was proud of Ben. He was the kind of scorer the Bulls need. But his undersized frame and inconsistency are really an obvious spot of weakness. But as a fan, I didn't mind because he was doing his thing which was to provide a scoring spark for the Bulls.
The only thing that disappointed me with him was his judgment. I'm just disappointed by the fact that he turned down a $50-Million Dollar contract extension with the Bulls during the 2007-08 season. Heck, even Charles Barkley would have taken that huge amount of money (he actually said that)... I don't even know the reason why he turned that kind of money. That was actually way more than enough for him to get financial security over the next 10 years. I would gladly take that kind of amount but him and Luol Deng decided to turn it down which was a bone-headed choice in my opinion. What's funny is that he has always been vocal about wanting to stay with the Bulls and yet, when offered with THAT kind of money, he turned it down... It's damn puzzling...
When Derrick Rose came in, Ben Gordon was given a qualifying offer in which he would become an unrestricted FA by the end of the season. Out of all people, it was obvious Ben compliments Derrick in more ways than the others. He is a spot-up shooter that can create a lot of space for Rose on the court that's why I think Rose owes at least 1/8 of that ROY award to Gordon. Ben when on a streak is near-impossible to stop. Once he gets it going, he's going for it... But it also kills a lot on the Bulls when he's cold. I remember that epic battle between the Bulls and the Celtics in the 2009 First Round Playoffs where BG7 exploded for 42 in game 2 in which they almost won that game. Man, that was crazy. He is an ultra-clutch.
When the Bulls didn't make an offer for Gordon, I wasn't surprised at all. I think they are exploring different options for the future. Sacrificing Gordon would mean a bigger and better acquisition to compliment Derrick Rose. I remember most of us saying the Bulls wouldn't miss Gordon because Derrick Rose and John Salmons will pick up where they left off. During this season, it was pretty clear the Bulls, especially Rose, missed Gordon's services. But I think they will move on and they will find someone who will replace him eventually.
Gordon is now with the rival-Detroit. and with that said, I wasn't one of the fans who booed him. I appreciate what he has done for Chicago and will continue to do so in many years. I just wish him the best with his career. But as far as I can say, I wish he would've stayed in Chicago and form a deadly backcourt with him and Derrick. They would have been better than their 12-17 record. But like they say, regrets come in the end and I do hope Ben made some regrets by not signing that contract. As they match up tomorrow night in Detroit, I want to see who misses who. The Bulls missing Gordon? or Gordon missing the Bulls?
The Bulls miss Gordon's clutch performances (I remember him hitting the game winner against my Knicks on MLK Day). While Gordon will miss the Bulls because they won when he was on the team, and it is apparent to fans what Ben meant to the Bulls.
I can still remember that floater with 0.3 seconds left against the Knicks at MSG. I think he considered it as his finest moment byfar... I'm just disappointed on why he turned down a huge amount when he could have had a long and fruitful career at Chicago...
Do you think he wanted to go out and try proving to the Bulls he can be a franchise player or legitimate starter in the NBA????
That's my only thought that comes to mind for Ben Gordon. My biggest problem with the NBA is guys don't understand there roles. Teams aren't as deep because many players would rather start on a losing team rather than contribute to a winning team, I believe that is starting to change though.
I don't think he had a problem with being a 6th man.
I think it came down to money and respect. Gordon thought he was worth more and that he should be paid like the best player on their team. I think he felt disrespected considering they gave Deng $71,060,000 for 6 years when he was arguably the best player on the team... I think he led the team in scoring every season he was there.
"$71,060,000 for 6 years"
Huh? Talk about overpaid.
But prior to that $71 Million, both of them were offered at least $50 Million each for 5 years and both turned it down... Imagine them playing alongside now, the Bulls would have been better than 12-17...
that's them being selfish and caring more about there own careers rather than the team, and now both are playing on teams that are sub-500.
he lead the team in scoring for 6 years and was their go to guy in the clutch, give him his money and his starting spot and mabye the bulls would be good this year
Gar Forman has the whole Chicago fan base looking at him.
I agree with Tezo, I think that he wanted more money than Deng and in his eyes, he was worth more and was more valuable than Deng. I agree with that thought. The problem was that Deng was overpaid, so Gordon would've been overpaid as well. Even more so than Deng if he would've gotten a bigger contract than him. I think that a contract more than the (bloated) 6 yr, $71 mil deal for a scoring sparkplug off the bench is a bit much. It all goes back to them overpaying for Deng, who hasn't gotten better much, if at all, since he got his deal. It messed up there ability to give Gordon a reasonable deal that both sides could agree on....
Hmmmm....... Do you really think he was worth 50 mil though?
If he were signed to that extension that kills their FA plans. I would rather have Joe Johnson or D-Wade type player than an instant scorer off the bench.
I don't like the Bulls' moves. They overpaid Deng significantly, but was tight with the pennies when Gordon wanted his. They even overpaid Hinrich.... $48,750,000 for 5 years. You can't blame Gordon for expecting to get paid better. I always got the feeling they didn't appreciate him enough... Too worried about his limitations instead of the great things he brought to the table. The fans didn't even appreciate Gordon enough... You never realize what you had until it's gone.
Very well put there. I think that is a big trend in the NBA as a whole. They'll say a guy is too short before they say how clutch he is or a leader. Guy isn't big enough on the boards they'll say b4 they say he's very aggressive when playing against guys bigger than him.
The Bulls screwed this one up, Gordan was right to turn down the offer, compare him to the rest of his draft class and his accomplishments with the team, he deserved a bit more respect.....The Front office has made some terrible decisions & they are the ones to blame..Ben was a great Bull, Playoffs in 4 of 5 yrs with big time performances...If he where 6'5 he would be the new reggie miller by peoples standards
ben gordon is one of the deadliest scorers in the NBA