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Robinson, Bulls to part company

 

Oft-hurt forward agrees to buyout

 

By K.C. Johnson/Tribune staff reporter

 

October 29, 2004, 10:22 PM CDT

 

The Bulls and representatives for Eddie Robinson have reached an agreement on a buyout for the forgotten forward, according to two league sources.

 

Neither Robinson, his agents nor Bulls general manager John Paxson would comment on the agreement, which will be announced Monday when final rosters are set.

 

A source familiar with the negotiations said Robinson will receive $10.2 million of the $14.05 million remaining on his five-year, $31.2 million contract that runs through 2005-06.

 

The team and Robinson's representatives still are negotiating such details as continuing health insurance and retirement plan benefits until Robinson lands another job. A league source indicated Miami already has expressed interest in offering Robinson a non-guaranteed contract.

 

The buyout ends a rocky relationship few could have predicted when former general manager Jerry Krause signed Robinson in August 2001, shortly after his dominant playoff performance for Charlotte against Miami.

 

Robinson endured injury-plagued seasons in his first two years with the Bulls, appearing in only 93 games. Last season, he enjoyed his most productive stretch in Chicago, shooting 60 percent on a seven-game trip in late January and early February and averaging 27.1 minutes over 14 games.

 

But Robinson fell out of favor with management for refusing to change his pregame and postpractice routines and work harder. He played only 22 minutes over last season's final 24 games and publicly feuded with coach Scott Skiles.

 

When Robinson complained of a sore big left toe on the second day of training camp, the situation worsened.

 

Bulls management and Robinson's representatives agreed for him to stay away from the team until a settlement could be reached.

 

Now that's done. Robinson joins Dalibor Bagaric, the injured Jay Williams and the retired Scottie Pippen as players bought out in Paxson's 18-month tenure.

 

This is yet another indication of Paxson's attempt to remake the team in an image he and Skiles prefer.

 

With Robinson gone, the Bulls' 15-man roster is set unless Paxson signs someone off the waiver wire as other teams make cuts this weekend. Six of the 15 players are rookies.

 

Adrian Griffin, Frank Williams, Tommy Smith and Jannero Pargo are prime candidates to land on the three-player injured list when the 15-man roster is turned in Monday. Because of his two-game suspension for fighting, Antonio Davis is a long-shot possibility.

 

Tyson Chandler, who suffered a badly bruised right hip in a scary fall during Wednesday's exhibition finale against Indiana, will be on the active roster. Chandler didn't practice Friday because of lingering pain but is expected to practice Saturday.

 

Chandler felt good enough to trade one-liners at the team's annual tipoff luncheon at a downtown hotel. The light-hearted event featured plenty of them, including one from Skiles after radio broadcaster Neil Funk introduced him as a man with an impact.

 

"I don't know what kind of impact I had," Skiles said. "We won 23 games."

 

Skiles also took a jab at the marketing department's advertising campaign of "Through Thick and Thin."

 

"I guess I'm in charge of thin," Skiles said. "We all want thin to be over"

 

 

 

Thanks for Nothing lazy slob and Crook. Go f*** yourself now. :fyou Eddie

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Skiles also took a jab at the marketing department's advertising campaign of "Through Thick and Thin."

 

"I guess I'm in charge of thin," Skiles said. "We all want thin to be over"

Thank God someone in the Bulls Organization is speaking out against the absolute worst marketing campaign ever.

 

And while Robinson, individually, may suck..... the entire team blows.

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Thank God someone in the Bulls Organization is speaking out against the absolute worst marketing campaign ever.

 

And while Robinson, individually, may suck..... the entire team blows.

Brooks leaves and the Bulls come up with this s***.

 

 

Thank god Brooks is on our team now.

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:fyou :fyou Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out Eddie... all though you have that 10 million you stole from us in your back pocket to pad it...

 

:fyou :fyou

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Robinson, Bulls to part company

 

Oft-hurt forward agrees to buyout

 

By K.C. Johnson/Tribune staff reporter

 

October 29, 2004, 10:22 PM CDT

 

The Bulls and representatives for Eddie Robinson have reached an agreement on a buyout for the forgotten forward, according to two league sources.

 

Neither Robinson, his agents nor Bulls general manager John Paxson would comment on the agreement, which will be announced Monday when final rosters are set.

 

A source familiar with the negotiations said Robinson will receive $10.2 million of the $14.05 million remaining on his five-year, $31.2 million contract that runs through 2005-06.

 

The team and Robinson's representatives still are negotiating such details as continuing health insurance and retirement plan benefits until Robinson lands another job. A league source indicated Miami already has expressed interest in offering Robinson a non-guaranteed contract.

 

The buyout ends a rocky relationship few could have predicted when former general manager Jerry Krause signed Robinson in August 2001, shortly after his dominant playoff performance for Charlotte against Miami.

 

Robinson endured injury-plagued seasons in his first two years with the Bulls, appearing in only 93 games. Last season, he enjoyed his most productive stretch in Chicago, shooting 60 percent on a seven-game trip in late January and early February and averaging 27.1 minutes over 14 games.

 

But Robinson fell out of favor with management for refusing to change his pregame and postpractice routines and work harder. He played only 22 minutes over last season's final 24 games and publicly feuded with coach Scott Skiles.

 

When Robinson complained of a sore big left toe on the second day of training camp, the situation worsened.

 

Bulls management and Robinson's representatives agreed for him to stay away from the team until a settlement could be reached.

 

Now that's done. Robinson joins Dalibor Bagaric, the injured Jay Williams and the retired Scottie Pippen as players bought out in Paxson's 18-month tenure.

 

This is yet another indication of Paxson's attempt to remake the team in an image he and Skiles prefer.

 

With Robinson gone, the Bulls' 15-man roster is set unless Paxson signs someone off the waiver wire as other teams make cuts this weekend. Six of the 15 players are rookies.

 

Adrian Griffin, Frank Williams, Tommy Smith and Jannero Pargo are prime candidates to land on the three-player injured list when the 15-man roster is turned in Monday. Because of his two-game suspension for fighting, Antonio Davis is a long-shot possibility.

 

Tyson Chandler, who suffered a badly bruised right hip in a scary fall during Wednesday's exhibition finale against Indiana, will be on the active roster. Chandler didn't practice Friday because of lingering pain but is expected to practice Saturday.

 

Chandler felt good enough to trade one-liners at the team's annual tipoff luncheon at a downtown hotel. The light-hearted event featured plenty of them, including one from Skiles after radio broadcaster Neil Funk introduced him as a man with an impact.

 

"I don't know what kind of impact I had," Skiles said. "We won 23 games."

 

Skiles also took a jab at the marketing department's advertising campaign of "Through Thick and Thin."

 

"I guess I'm in charge of thin," Skiles said. "We all want thin to be over"

 

 

 

Thanks for Nothing lazy slob and Crook. Go f*** yourself now.  :fyou Eddie

:pray :notworthy

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Poor Eddie. He was an idol for all those lazy bums out there, living the dream. :lol:

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I hate those bulls commercials.

 

2 years ago, they were all about, do u want to see tmac,kobe,shaq???THen cum to the united center, bla bla bla. They dont say s*** about the bulls.

 

Even this year, through thick and thin.

 

 

I liked last years "things are gonna change in the blink of an eye, ya thats right, this time around, things are gonna change" That didnt work out to well.........

 

 

 

Last year i watched every game up until the 20th, when it was all but over. I will do the same this year until they slip more than 8 games under 500.

 

I believe the bulls are going off at 250-1 to win it all-lol.

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