June 28, 1997
The "sweetener" the Chicago Bulls were looking for in the proposed
Scottie Pippen deal on draft day was Eric Williams. Coach Rick Pitino never once put Antoine Walker on the table.
The Celtics claimed they walked away from the trade; the Bulls say they pulled back. Who is lying?
Auerbach, when asked why the Celtics didn't follow through on having
Dino Radja examined by a neutral doctor in the arbitration process:
"Because it would have been a farce. Every time the guy touched Radja,
he'd start yelling 'ouch.' "
couldn't pass the Philly physical, then it stands to reason he wouldn't
pass a Boston physical. So why not flunk him on the physical, put him on
waivers in the hope that a team would claim him, and get his cap money
wanted to make the deal, and the only question is, why didn't he pull
it off? The Bulls said three No. 1's weren't enough (although that was
enough for Chris Webber and Penny Hardaway). Dee Brown? That may have
idea of a sweetener, but the Bulls viewed it as arsenic. Chicago would
have done the deal with Antoine Walker. That wasn't going to be a
happenin' thing and the Bulls knew that. Would Eric Williams have closed
the deal? Who knows? At this point, it's moot. But if Pitino really wanted this one, then Williams should have been dangled. With Pippen around, Williams is expendable anyway. But Pitino backed away at the end. Down the road, that may well be the best thing for the franchise.