Tag Archives: Will Runzel

“Kurt Thomas and the genius behind his longevity in the NBA”

Can journeyman Kurt Thomas (pictured above) fill the void in the middle for the Bulls with Joakim Noah out for the next 8 to 10 weeks?

Our Chicago hot shot is at it again with a continuation to his recent post regarding the injured Joakim Noah.  Lets here what the man has got to say in another Runzelism.

Will Runzel is an  entrepreneur and sports guru out of Chicago.  Follow him on Twitter @willrunzel

The Bulls recently lost Joakim Noah for 8-10 weeks due to a thumb surgery. One of his key replacements will be 38 year old Kurt Thomas. Thomas is currently earning 1.8 million, but only signed a one year deal good through the 2010-2011 season. In his career he has amassed 62.1 million dollars in 17 seasons, while never averaging over 14 points a game. So far this year Thomas has appeared in five games, and scored a total of two points in 12 minutes played. Don’t let this fool you; Thomas can play. He’s not an elite big man in this league by any means, but was an integral part in helping the Milwaukee Bucks push the Atlanta Hawks to seven games in the 2010 NBA Playoffs after Andrew Bogut went down with a broken hand. The Hawks were the clear favorites especially after losing Bogut. Thomas played great defense, averaged 28 minutes per game (compared to 15 minutes per game during the regular season), nabbed nearly 8 rebounds a game, while shooting 48% from the field.

Thomas has always been an asset to teams because of his locker room presence. As much as we love the Allen Iverson’s and Derrick Rose’s for throwing their body around without regard, something has to be said for a player that can still contribute on a playoff team at 37 years old (his age last playoffs). Year after year he has quietly accepted his paycheck and contributed when called upon. Professional basketball is a rough sport. Thomas will be an asset the Bulls are in dire need of and I expect he will perform well as the first or second big man off the bench.

Few NBA players sit quietly on the bench, perform well when necessary, and are a valuable asset to any team – Kurt Thomas is one of those guys. 18 years in any business is an accomplishment, especially one that is as taxing on the body as playing in the NBA. Don’t be surprised if Kurt Thomas finds another team to pay him another quiet 2 million next season at age 39.

Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.

-TheSportsKraze

“Noah Injury, A Blessing in Disguise”

Chicago Bulls starting Center, Joakim Noah (pictured above), is suffering from a major thumb injury. What effects will this have on the Bull's playoff/title chances?

Our Chicago sports expert is back at it again folks.  See his thoughts below on the Joakim Noah “thumb situation.”

Will Runzel is an  entrepreneur and sports guru out of Chicago.  Follow Will on Twitter @WillRunzel

Joakim Noah will undergo surgery on his right (shooting hand) thumb. More information will be released at an 11 am CST press conference. Noah’s injury will knock him out 8-10 weeks or roughly 30 games. Battling through the injury for nearly ten games dating back to the Sacramento Kings match on November 27, Noah has posted nine points or better in nine of 10 games and has had double digits rebounds in six of those games. Analysts and fans alike are worried about how this will affect the Bulls this season, and I see it as a blessing in disguise. Here are some pro’s and con’s to Joakim’s injury

Cons:

-The Bulls are losing a double-double machine and the best defensive post presence for 30 or so games, more than 1/3 of their season

-Noah is the heart and soul of the team, the Scottie to Rose’s Jordan

-The Bulls will definitely win less games and could hurt their playoff seeding

-This stretch includes games against top tier teams with dominant big men, including (dare I say it) the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Orlando Magic, and San Antonio Spurs

-This lowers the chances of the Bulls trading for a scoring two guard

Keep in mind the Bulls already went through the toughest stretch of the season sans Carlos Boozer.

Pros:

-The development of Omer Asik is crucial to the Bulls success this season and for the next five seasons. He has played well this season and will get another shot to develop

-Taj Gibson is already a fantastic 6th man/reserve big man and will continue his growth. This should give him so more time to polish his offensive skill set

-Noah will be rested for the playoffs and the Bulls should still finish fourth or better in the East maintaining home court advantage in the first round.

-Joakim may provide a similar boost to what Boozer just supplied upon his return; the Bulls will learn to compete with top teams without Jo, and when he returns they suddenly have an inside defensive presence

Will Runzel out of Chicago will continue to come out with his thoughts and incites regarding the Chicago sporting scene.  If you want information on the Bears or the Bulls, you want a Runzelism.

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-TheSportsKraze

“Runzel’s Bear’s Outlook”

Today we have a special treat.  We have added a new writer to TheSportsKraze.  His name is Will Runzel and he is based out of Chicago.  Runzel will be contributing as a guest writer on a weekly basis providing his expertise on the Chicago Area Sporting realm.

Will Runzel is an  entrepreneur and sports guru out of Chicago.  Follow Will on Twitter @WillRunzel

For my first post for TheSportsKraze, I would like to start off on the right foot with my readers. Call your bookie or log onto the internet and bet on the Chicago Bears to beat the Detroit Lions by 4 points or more this Sunday (the spread is -3.5). It is the closest I have seen to a no brainer all year. Yes, I do respect the line makers in Vegas but I do believe they got this one wrong.
 

According to our Chicago Sports Guru, Will Runzel, Brian Urlacher (pictured above) and the Bears are a sure thing to cover the spread against the Detroit Lions.

Reasons:
1. The Bears confidence is at an all time high after beating Mike Vick’s Eagles last week.
2. Every week Jay Cutler gets more comfortable in Mike Martz’s offense.
3. This will be the Bears fourth straight game with the same five offensive lineman starting (the Bears one weak point is their O-line, the only think that can keep the Bears from beating the point spread is Ndamukong Suh against this below average offensive line).
4. The Lions are starting their third string QB Drew Stanton (former 2nd round pick out of Michigan State)
5. The Lions have lost 17 straight divisional games dating back to October of 2007
 
Look forward to future contributions from me.

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-TheSportsKraze