1) Jordan Bell Understands Joy
One of my favorite things to do early this season is go on Twitter and search for “Jordan Bell Bulls” after Bell does something good in a game. After that garbage time alley-oop dunk off the glass, while some were chastising the lack of sportsmanship, Chicago fans and Chicago haters alike were riffing on how the Bulls simply sold the rights to Bell for $3.5M in cash. Cash that some pointed out probably went to Dwyane Wade’s buyout.
Basically, the Bulls traded Jordan Bell so they could pay Dwyane Wade to play for the Cavs. Awesome.
— Micah Adams (@MicahAdams13) October 14, 2017
Granted, others have pointed out that the Bulls never picked Bell with the intention of keeping him. They picked him for the Warriors with the trade in place. However, if you’re the rebuilding Bulls, wouldn’t you want to keep a 2nd-rounder the Warriors covet? Maybe it was too late to renege, but regardless, the optics are B-A-D, especially with the whole Portis-Mirotić fiasco. Plus, Bell would look pretty good next to Markkanen right now as a foundation to sell Bulls fans on.
After decades of ending up on the wrong side of trades and draft moves (Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Ralph Sampson, Billy Owens, Tom Gugliotta, Joe Smith, Adonal Foyle, Todd Fuller, etc.), I’ll never get tired of being on the winning side of player personnel decisions for a while.
The Warriors’ 4 core principles that Steve Kerr has established are joy, mindfulness, competition and compassion. Let’s just say Jordan Bell has a good grasp on 2 out of 4 thus far. Clearly from the end of the video below, Kerr somewhat enjoyed Bell’s athletic late-game audacity, but he understands how the league works as do a lot of the vets, so he does as all leaders should do to maintain relationships and good-standing.
Bell plays with an enthusiasm of someone who understands how lucky he is and how great an opportunity he has to be an impactful player in this league. He’s already a great pickup because of the energy and highlights he can bring. It’s obvious the Warriors brass likes him, but the Warriors business ops and marketing team must be excited that there’s another high-flyer they can market to put butts in seats.