Sometimes it does not all add up right away. Maybe you are all, “Time slows down the closer you get to the speed of light? That does not seem to make sense.” Then you read into it more and you grasp it a little better. Or there is the, “Rip has been with the team five days and he still might not play a preseason game?” Then you think about it some more and come back with, “Is he eff’n slow or something?”
I found it odd, yet acceptable that Rip did not play in that sprawling cornfield of Indianapolis two days after he signed. It was a preseason game after a shortened training camp, meaning that no one was going to look all that sharp, so I felt like he would get some minutes. Yet, no big whoop. I am sure he wanted to take advantage to the hoppin’ Buffalo Wild Wings bar scene in Indy, instead of having to worry about the rigors of playing a basketball game. I figured he would come back, practice a bit more, and there was not even a thought in my mind that he would miss tomorrow’s exhibition.
Then yesterday I read that Rip answered, “We’ll see,” when asked about playing. Que? Thibodeau further added scratches to my head when he said they will make a decision after tomorrow’s shoot-around. What the hell is tomorrow’s shoot-around going to tell you about his readiness to play in an EXHIBITION game? If he is not ready to play in an exhibition game, are they questioning if he will be ready for the shoot-around as well? Rip’s primary job is run around a bunch, catch the ball, and shoot it. I know there is a bit more to it, but he cannot be all that behind, can he? Also, would it not be best to put him in a (meaningless) game situation to see where exactly he might not be on the same page? Players get traded in the middle of a season and magically fit into their new squad, why can Rip not pull of this amazing feat in the preseason?
All this leaves me with a bad Bogans taste in my mouth. I can see Brewer starting Christmas Day, the Bulls having success with him starting, and before we know if, Brewer has started 66 games. I know, I am overreacting to all this… or am I? There was a consoling voice on the Bulls, and that came from Boozer saying, “He’ll play.” When Carlos Boozer is the one reassuring voice, it just may be time to panic.
UPDATEVILLE: Rip is going to start! Huzzah!