Durrant, Howard, James, Rose, Kobe...... no matter who you are, if you play in Chicago you will always be in Jordan's shadow.
I think Derrick Rose can be like Isaiah Thomas, which isn't a bad thing. He is going to need a better supporting cast if he is going to win some championships. He is still young, so he has time to shake this horrible series against the Heat off and move forward.
Noah has been the only person under the rim most of this series; it's hard to outrebound when it's one on 3. He has't been the problem on D or on the boards. He's not a great scorer, but is a great passer/facilitator. He also has next to no value outside of Chicago. Deng/Boozer both have more value to other teams. What is he supposed to say when they are getting beat up; that isn't going to come off poorly? What was said to the fan I have no problem w/b/c that fan was beyond vulgar by all the reports. That kind of shit would get you thrown out of many stadiums I've been to.
I never said Howard wasn't a better player, he hands down is. Having those two in the paint would do wonders for shutting down a team like Miami though; which was my point.
This teams holes have b/c greatly exposed in this series, and I'm not sure what they are going to do to fix them b/c of the Boozer/Korver contracts. But they need a legit scorer who can consistantly try and create their own shot w/out D Rose...and that guy is not on this team.
I will agree that the fan said something really nasty, but Noah should know better than to lower himself to that fan's level. I think the heat of battle caught with him and he had a lapse of judgment, but you just don't say stuff like that to the people who pay your salary. (I say "the people who pay your salary" because the Bulls get a cut of the gate off of these games.) Personally, I agree with you in that the fan in question should have been thrown out of the arena, but he wasn't, and it was unfortunate to say the least to see Noah get into that kind of trouble.
I have yet to see Deng, consistantly, try and create his own shot off the dribble, he perfers to just shoot the ball from the outside.
There are plenty of reasons not to Like Noah, but he is tall, long and athletic and gives this team an edge that not many others have on this team. As much of a poor O player as he is; he more then makes up for it w/his assists rebounds and D.
As for the fan, it wasn't something, it wasn't a few things, this guy started from the start, and Noah react (poorly I might add) much later into that game. It's one thing to ride a guy, saying he's he sucks, or is getting owned is fine...getting vulgar and nasty and getting personal about family members is not acceptable...and after 2-3 qtrs just about anyone is going to react; ecspecially someone as intense as Noah. There is a reason he only got a slap on the wrist 50K fine and not a 6 figure one like Kobe.