Drew Gooden Fits in Nicely
Â In Chicago they are starting to feel better about Drew Gooden.Â That is one thing most people always felt in Cleveland as well.Â While drew could be inconsistent at times you usually could count on him for a double double.
The Daily Herald writes, that after being acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers in February, Gooden struggled to find consistency through his first nine games with the Bulls. He had nights in which he would go for a double-double, but then he would follow it would with a single-digit performance.
Finally, though, the 6-foot-10, 250-pound Gooden appears to be on track. After producing 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks Tuesday, Gooden has put together four consecutive consistent games. He has averaged 20.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in that short span.
“That’s what we thought when we made the trade; that’s who we thought were getting,” Bulls coach Jim Boylan said.
A major reason for Gooden’s rise has been his familiarity with the team and the team’s familiarity with him, according to Boylan.
“Well, Drew has turned up his aggressiveness with his rebounding and his offense, so the guys are starting to look to him,” Boylan said. “Me, as a coach, I know I’m starting to feel like I can try to get him the ball in certain positions and certain match ups that he can get something done.
“It’s nice to have a guy who you can throw the ball to down low and he’s physical and can go to the basket, can score, get some fouls and whatever.
“I want him to be aggressive. I want him to assert himself at both ends of the floor. And I think he’s been doing that over the last several games. So it’s a good thing to see, and we want him to continue to do that.”
Source:Â Daily Herald.Com