Grantland: Bulls staff wanted Draymond Green in 2012


Grantland: Bulls staff wanted Draymond Green in 2012

Oh, those fun "what-if" scenarios.

With the Bulls out of the playoffs for close to a month - LeBron James ended the Tom Thibodeau era on May 15 - there's a bit of a lull on the news front.

Fred Hoiberg has been appointed head coach, the Bulls are looking at options at No. 22 and there's uncertainty on the roster that will be hashed out in the next few months.

But consider this for a moment: The Bulls coaching staff wanted Draymond Green in the 2012 NBA Draft, according to a tidbit from Zach Lowe's recent Grantland feature.

In his story, which chronicles in great detail the Warriors' pursuit of Kevin Love last offseason and eventually lucking into the player Green (and Tristan Thompson) became, he quickly referenced a quote from former Bulls assistant and current Golden State assistant Ron Adams.

"That group includes (Ron) Adams, who pushed the Bulls to draft Green in 2012 when he worked as Tom Thibodeau’s lead assistant. 'As a coaching staff, we were very disappointed we didn’t get him,'" Adams said, adding Green was a "Chicago kind of guy."

Green entered the 2012 NBA Draft after four successful seasons at Michigan State. A fringe first-round prospect, Green touted intangibles, defensive skills and ability to contribute across the board. He didn't do anything great, but did just about everything well enough to succeed as a classic "glue guy."

That fit the bill for a Chicago team predicated on Thibodeau's defensive intensity. Yet, with Derrick Rose expected a large portion of the upcoming season after tearing his ACL in the playoffs, the Bulls opted for point guard depth, selecting Kentucky freshman Marquis Teague with the No. 29 pick.

[NBA MOCK: Bulls unlikely to get immediate help at No. 22]

Three years later, Teague is out of the NBA, most recently playing in the D-League for the Oklahoma City Blue. Green, on the other hand, finished second in both Defensive Player of the Year and Most Improved Player voting. He was the cog in the Warriors' 67-win season that has them three wins from an NBA championship and he'll almost certainly will earn a maximum contract this offseason.

Now, none of this is to say Green would have become the player he is in Golden State - the Warriors selected him six picks later - had the Bulls drafted him, but it's fun to think about them adding to their long line of successful draft picks.

Yes, those "what if" scenarios.

Back to the offseason.

Bulls Talk Podcast: Rookie survey surprise, Joakim will double-team anyone


Bulls Talk Podcast: Rookie survey surprise, Joakim will double-team anyone

On this edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast, Sean Highkin and Michael Walton join Kevin Anderson.

1:00 The great Chicken Sandwich Wars- believe the hype

5:15 Judging the Bulls missed free throw promotion with Chick-fil-A

9:25 The story of Michael Jordan betting with teammates on the Dunkin Donuts race

11:45 The myth of the special NBA Jams version with Michael Jordan

17:00 How Jordan would have used twitter in the 90’s

18:00 Which player in NBA history would have had the best twitter account

22:20 Are you with Devin Booker or Joakim Noah in the double-team debate?

25:37 On the NBA rookie survey and Cam Reddish winning ‘best career’ vote

Listen to the full podcast here

Bulls Talk Podcast


The 90s Bulls references in Comedy Central's "South Side" are amazing


The 90s Bulls references in Comedy Central's "South Side" are amazing

Any TV show that references Bill Cartwright and Cliff Levingston gets a positive review in our book.

"South Side" is a new show from Comedy Central that "follows two friends who just graduated from community college and are ready to take over the world. But until they do, they’re stuck working at Rent-T-Own. Shot on location in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood, the show offers an authentic look into what life on the South Side is all about."

This isn't an #ad, but you should certainly check it out if for no other reason than the constant Bulls references like the one below.

For you newer generation of Bulls fans, Cartwright played the final seven seasons of his NBA career with the Bulls. He averaged 8.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in 426 games and later coached the Bulls from 2001 to 2004. He went 51-100 as head coach.

Levingston played two seasons with the Bulls (1990-1992) and averaged 4.0 poinst and 2.9 rebounds in 157 games.

No one would argue they were critical pieces to the early 90s Bulls title teams, but they're still making headlines in 2019 for getting shoutouts in "South Side."