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Bulls Talk Podcast: Daryl Morey’s wild claim, breaking down Bulls schedule

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Daryl Morey’s wild claim, breaking down Bulls schedule

On this edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast, Kendall Gill, Will Perdue, and Kevin Anderson discuss the Bulls schedule and wild claims by Rockets GM Daryl Morey.

0:45       Reacting to Daryl Morey’s claim that James Harden is a better scorer than Jordan was

6:20       On Westbrook and Harden dynamic

8:35       Are Rockets the favorites in the west?

12:15    On impact losing DeMarcus Cousins has on the Lakers

14:30    On the Bulls only getting one national TV game next season, should players feel insulted?

18:25    Will on the importance of the preseason for the Bulls

20:45    Expectations for the Bulls to start the season strong

23:15    On Bulls fans needing a good start to stay interested

24:20    Is it a disappointment if they finish 9th in the east?

25:30    How does the Bulls starting five compare to the best teams in the East?

28:30    Why Lauri Markkanen is the x-factor for the Bulls to make the postseason

31:25    On Michael Porter Jr. snapping Adam Silver’s personal cell phone number

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Rockets GM Daryl Morey: 'It's just factual that James Harden is a better scorer than Michael Jordan'

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Rockets GM Daryl Morey: 'It's just factual that James Harden is a better scorer than Michael Jordan'

Is Michael Jordan the greatest basketball player of all-time? Yes, he sure is.

Now that we've gotten that out of the way, we can save our anger that inevitably would be directed at Daryl Morey by Bulls fans.

In a recent interview appearance on Selfmade (via YouTube), Morey became the latest person to argue that a current NBA player is better than Jordan.

"It's just factual that James Harden is a better scorer than Michael Jordan," Morey said. "You give James Harden the ball, and before you're giving up the ball how many points do you generate, which is how you should measure offense, James Harden is by far No. 1 in NBA history."

Talk about a hot take. Let's review some numbers:

-Jordan averaged 30.1 points per game in 15 seasons; Harden has averaged 24.3 points in his 10 NBA seasons. However, Harden was the third option behind Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook for three seasons before the Rockets acquired him.
-Jordan held a 49.7 field goal percentage (on 22.9 attempts/game, while Harden holds a 44.3 percentage on 16.2 attempts/game.
-Jordan converted 32.7 percent of his three-point attempts (on just 1.7 attempts/game), while Harden has converted 36.5 percent of his (on 7.3 attempts/game).

In fairness, Morey did acknowledge that if Jordan played in the NBA today, he could do "more" than Harden offensively. At the same time, the NBA is much more offensive-oriented today than it was when Jordan played, making his accomplishments that much more impressive. Harden still trails Jordan in the aforementioned categories despite playing in the league today, too.

So, factually, is Harden better than Jordan? No, but you can't blame Morey for trying to create positive spin around his franchise player. Both are elite, but there's only one true G.O.A.T.

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Could Joakim Noah team up with LeBron James, Lakers?

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Could Joakim Noah team up with LeBron James, Lakers?

There was a time when Bulls fans wanted nothing more than to see LeBron James and Joakim Noah become teammates.

July 2010 seems like forever ago, and James' decision to join the Miami Heat that summer not only sparked a rivalry between James and the Bulls, but specifically between James and Noah.

But now, in the wake of DeMarcus Cousins' reported ACL tear, James and the Los Angeles Lakers are in need of depth at the center position. And wouldn't you know it? Noah is still a free agent.

Let's be clear: There's no indication that the Lakers have interest in Noah - though they'll certainly need to address the position - or that Noah has any interest in the Lakers - though it's August 15th and he's still unsigned.

But the pairing makes sense.

Noah certainly isn't what he once was in Chicago, but he had a career resurgence in Memphis last season in averaging 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists in just 16.5 minutes. He wouldn't make up for what the Lakers will lose in Cousins, but he'd provide depth for a team that needs it.

It'd be a tough pill to swallow for Bulls fans, who two years ago watched LeBron James team up with Derrick Rose in Cleveland.

Noah once called James and the Miami Heat "Hollywood as hell," and there's now a chance he may be teaming up with James in that very location.

And whereas James could have teamed up with the Bulls in 2010, he'll have eventually played with every member of the eventual five leading scorers of the team he beat in 2011.