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What is Party Poker?

Well by my definition it is a social or online gathering place for people to site down, have some fun, compete and gamble with real or computerized cards and chips. (It's also something I can't legally play for another 4 years and 7 days, I'm soon-to-be 17-years-old.)

In Poker, you usually are faced with the challenge of going all-in or folding. It's a proverbial point of a card-players strategy. Everyone knows the analogy I'm hinting to. And I certainly hope that the Bulls Brass -- front office and management -- know when they need to put the analogy to work and go all-in this summer with the teams questionable roster.

A few days ago I outlined and talked about Derrick Rose's current injury situation and that he very well be out for the entire 2012-2013 NBA Season. With that said, it's time for the Bulls to chase after another All-Star to superstar caliber talent that isn't a mirror image of Carlos Boozer (sorry Booz, had to go there.)

All-in baby all-in.

In this situation, The Bulls have been dealt a bad hand of cards (D-Rose's torn ACL). Let's take a 2 and 7 for example, which is statistically the worst hand in poker. As the betters around the table place their own bets, they all have one thing in mind: the pot of money placed in the middle of the table for all eyes to see. Think each individual better as a separate NBA team, they all want the pot of money, which is success in nailing a top draft pick, free agent or trade in this case.

Since the Bulls have a poor hand and low-money pile -- which is their available cap space -- it makes sense for them to fold this atrocious hand and build for the future in small baby steps. (Still following Bulls fans and Poker lovers?)

Whelp, it's the Bulls turn to bet now. However, they're faced with a choice. With their bad hand the only way to stay alive in the hand if they bet is to go all-in. As Gar Forman and Tom Thibodeau sit and look at each other, they decide what's best and right for the Bulls. That thing? Go all-in.

...... (I'll let you fill in what happens.)

To me the Bulls must take their chances this summer and get into the trade and free agency market to nail a prime-time player that will help fill the void of Derrick's absence next year if necessary and only help more when he returns.

Some possible thoughts:
  • Trade market guys: Dwight Howard (not likely), Carmelo Anthony (not likely), Pau Gasol (somewhat a decent fit and likely), Tyson Chandler (good fit), Amar'e Stoudemire (somewhat likely and an okay fit)
  • Free agency guys: Steve Nash (eh?), Jeremy Lin (bang!!!), Eric Gordon (the ideal candidate if you ask me but he's a RFA), Kevin Garnett (yea, he's old{er} but still has some game left in his body), Ray Allen (Kevin Garnett's blurb reiterated)
  • Move up n' draft em': Brad Beal, Thomas Robinson, Terrance Jones, Harrison Barnes, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ALL DRAFT SITUATIONS UNLIKELY, but thoughts nonetheless)
In conclusion, the Bulls MUST go all-in this summer someway or somehow to stay in championship contention without D-Rose and his one knee. If they don't keep up with a big splash in the free agency, trade, or draft market, teams like the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons and the Cleveland Cavaliers are anxiously awaiting their opportunity in the East with a deteriorating Orlando Magic, a Knicks team that just can't seem to figure it out and an aging Boston who may be on their last lap.

It's a big hand of poker, gotta' know when to go all-in or hold and fold. The Bulls know now -- hopefully.