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Is Kobe Still Available?

By Benjy Lipsman in News on Nov 7, 2007 2:50PM

Should Chicagoist be worried that the Bulls have opened their season 0-4 after dropping Tuesday night's game to the L.A. Clippers 97-91? Having watched three of their first four in their entirety, we can certainly say that the Bulls look nothing like a team who we'd predict to win 55 games and finish atop the Eastern Conference. Not only have they yet to enter the win column, but they're not even losing to elite teams. The Nets? The Bucks? The Sixers? The Clippers ... without Elton Brand?

On the other hand, last year's team began their season with a 3-9 record, and the year prior they opened their schedule 0-9. Both times, the team made the playoffs. So Scott Skiles' teams have a history of starting the season slow.

2007_11_sports_mj_mansion.jpgNot that it doesn't make us incredibly nervous that their six-game West Coast "circus trip" begins next week. We really hope they can win at least one of their next two — otherwise we could be looking at an 0-12 start!

But maybe they'll return from the West Coast with more than just a few more losses. We suspect that trade for Kobe Bryant — the one that John Paxson said is dead for now — really isn't so dead after all. Why else would Kobe be looking to buy Michael Jordan's Highland Park mansion? It's too far from the city to make for a dope pied-a-terre should Kobe want to live it up in Chicago from time to time — for that a Michigan Avenue penthouse would seem more appropriate. On the other hand, most of the Bulls do live in the area because it's close to their Deerfield practice facility....

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