The Ship Be Sinking

Mouth Almighty

Random Thought

If Arsenal have an NBA equivalent, it’s the Chicago Bulls.

– A recent history of dominance, now past, drawing on the services of two of the most gifted offensive players of all time alongside a rock-solid defense.

– Following that a period of many years spent struggling while developing young players (Denilson, Diaby, Eddy Curry, Tyson Chandler, Derrick Rose, etc).

– This development project in both cases has led to several notable hits, several even more notable misses, and an intense fear of allowing any of that young talent to be exchanged for or replaced by more talented ready-made stars.

– Financial considerations have been an important influence at times with both clubs’ decision-making.

– There have been high profile defections of players who have subsequently to one degree or another failed to thrive elsewhere (Mathieu Flamini, Alex Hleb, Ben Gordon).

– And a few high-profile exiles who have (Lassana Diarra, Elton Brand).

– Both have looked amazing at times (Bulls pushing the Celtics to 7 games last year, Arsenal making a CL Final) only to be ultimately, narrowly but definitively, defeated by the eventual champion in the top competition in their respective sports.

It’s not a perfect comparison obviously, partially since their respective leagues are so different and their actual playing strategies so at odds these days (Bulls: slow, turgid, defensive; Arsenal: possession, possession, let’s win 3-2). I’m not sure if this means anything or if there’s any lessons to be learned other than that sometimes you need to pull you thumb out and actually go for it, but it interested me anyway. It’s the sort of thing which I notice more when I’m sick, which I am again. Blah.


January 29, 2010 - Posted by | Other NBA, The Arsenal

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