Brad Miller gives the Bulls some different options. He gives them a legitimate center who can play against other big guys. When we had Drew Gooden, he was a natural power forward who had to play against bigger guys, which put the Bulls at a disadvantage on a lot of nights. Brad Miller gives you a legitimate 5 that can truly guard bigger guys. Also, Brad plays the pick and roll like Gooden did.
You might have given up some quickness but the Bulls gained size.
There are some road games that just transcend all the others. Our last visit to Washington DC was one of those experiences.
Of course, our visit to the White House was set against the backdrop of just having heard about the untimely death of Norm Van Lier, so we all had that and our sincere wishes for Norm's family on our minds.
But that being said, visiting the White House and meeting President Barack Obama was something none of us will ever forget.
President Obama couldn't have been more delightful and was very personable. He is truly a Chicago sports fan and I could tell he got just as much out of meeting the Bulls as the Bulls players did in meeting him.
When he saw Stacey King, John Paxson and Bill Wennington, President Obama said "Those are the Bulls that I know."
I had a chance to speak briefly with President Obama and I thanked him for making the video tribute to Johnny Kerr. I told the President how much it meant to Johnny and how touched he was that the President did that for him.
Later that night, we heard about Johnny Kerr's passing...so I was glad that I was able to convey Johnny's message to the President earlier in the day.
* The Bulls defeated New Jersey twice in December, extending their winning streak to three games over the Nets. That’s Chicago’s longest winning streak in the series since a seven-gamer ended in April 1999. * Chicago beat Orlando on Tuesday to improve to 8-4 since January 28. The Bulls are 8-7 when playing on no days rest in 2008-09, already winning more games in such situations than they did all of last season (7-13). * The Nets ended their five-game losing streak when Devin Harris hit his remarkable half-court shot at the buzzer on Monday. New Jersey overcame a 12-point deficit in the victory over Philadelphia. * One game after matching a season low with three points while going 1-for-9 from the field, Derrick Rose hit 11 of 20 shots and led the Bulls with 22 points on Tuesday. * Devin Harris’ three-point heave was the culmination of a 39-point effort on Monday. The Nets are now 9-1 when Harris scores at least 29 points this season, as opposed to 15-26 when he plays and scores 28 or less. * Since joining the Nets in 2004, Vince Carter has averaged 27.7 points in 15 games versus Chicago, his highest rate against any opponent. He’s also averaged 7.1 rebounds per game against the Bulls as a Net, his second-best rate versus any team (7.4 vs. Philadelphia).
* Orlando has won each of the last six overall meetings between these teams. The Magic have also won each of their last five trips to Chicago, last losing there back in November of 2005. * The Magic have lost two of their last three road games but have won two games in a row overall. * Chicago has won two of its last three home games after winning just three of its previous 10 at the United Center. * Orlando’s leading scorer, Dwight Howard (20.9 PPG), is averaging just 12.5 points in his last two road games. Howard is averaging just 14.0 points in eight career road games against Chicago. * Ben Gordon is averaging 28.2 points over his last six games, including 31.7 points in his last three at home. Gordon, is averaging just 11.4 points in his last five games against the Magic. * Hedo Turkoglu has scored at least 20 points in each of his last two games and the Magic are 20-3 when he scores at least 20 in a game this season.
Last Tuesday, was a very special night at the United Center. The Bulls honored their long-time friend, Johnny "Red" Kerr. I was proud to have been a part of it and I thought the Bulls did a great job of putting on a ceremony worthy of Johnny's service to the Bulls. It was an honor well-deserved and long overdue.
Johnny told me it was the highlight of his career. He loves the Bulls and is thrilled there will be a bust of him on display at the United Center.
Of course, seeing President Obama, Commissioner Stern, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and all the rest of his friends, family and fans come out to share the moment with him meant the world to Johnny and his family as well.
The Hall of Fame award was another highlight for him and I hope one day he will receive his proper enshrinement in the Hall as a player...which he certainly deserves.
Brad Miller is one of the best big-man passers in the game. He gives the Bulls a legitimate center. He'll make Derrick Rose a better player. He has a decent shot from the arc, but you don't want him taking that shot.
* Detroit has won the last two meetings between the teams, but the Bulls have won four straight against the Pistons in Chicago. * The Pistons have won three straight road games and is looking to win four in a row away from home for the first time this season. * Chicago has lost three straight home games and is just 3-7 over its last 10 games at the United Center. * Allen Iverson has averaged 31.0 points over his last four games at Chicago. * Tyrus Thomas has scored at least 10 points in seven straight games, averaging 14.7 points and 9.7 rebounds in those contests. * Derrick Rose has scored over 20 points in three of his last four games.
* This series is tied at six games apiece since the 2003-04 season. New Orleans won both meetings in 2007-08. * Chicago’s loss at Houston on Tuesday snapped a three-game Bulls winning streak. This will be the sixth game of a seven-game road trip that has seen the Bulls go 3-2 so far. * The Hornets have lost three in a row, their longest losing streak of the season. They have not dropped four straight since a six-game skid in March 2007. * Ben Gordon is averaging 20.1 points per game against the Hornets in his career. His 51.6% field-goal percentage against New Orleans is his highest versus any opponent, while his 52.6% three-point percentage is his second highest against any team (Washington, 57.3%). * Although an MRI revealed only a mild groin strain, Chris Paul is expected to miss Wednesday’s game. He might return on Friday, but the Hornets could keep him out of action until next week as a precaution. * The Hornets are 21-7 this season when David West hits at least 40.0% of his field-goal attempts, as opposed to 3-9 when he fails to reach that mark.
* The Rockets have won the last five meetings between the teams and are 10-1 in their last 11 games against the Bulls. * Chicago has won three straight games, all on the road against Western Conference clubs. The Bulls are 11-10 against the West this season, their best since Michael Jordan left Chicago following the 1997-98 season. * Houston has been involved in 28 games decided by less than 10 points this season, the most of any team in the Western Conference. * Tracey McGrady has scored at least 20 points in 15 straight games aga* The Rockets have won the last five meetings between the teams and are 10-1 in their last 11 games against the Bulls. * Chicago has won three straight games, all on the road against Western Conference clubs. The Bulls are 11-10 against the West this season, their best since Michael Jordan left Chicago following the 1997-98 season. * Houston has been involved in 28 games decided by less than 10 points this season, the most of any team in the Western Conference. * Tracey McGrady has scored at least 20 points in 15 straight games against the Bulls. * Tyrus Thomas is averaging 2.4 blocks per game since January 3, the most of any player in the league over that stretch (minimum six games played).