Road to Glory II

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Road to Glory II

Postby Valor on Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:11 pm

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Association Settings
Team: Chicago Bulls
Game: NBA 2K10 PC
Rosters: March 06 Living Rosters + Several DNA Players/Hidden Players
Sliders: Playmakers 2K10 All-Star Post-Patch Sliders + Personal Adjustments
Season: 82 Games
Quarter Length: 10-12 Minutes
Sim Length: 12 Minutes
Playoffs: 7-7-7-7


Well, I did say in the Afterword of my recently retired Nets Association/Dynasty Story Road to Glory that there was going to be a sequel. So here it is, not starting on the actual game yet as I am going to wait for a bit and see if the alleged patch will come into existence as well as myself needing some time to adjust, figure out a good set of rosters and settings for realistic results. However I am going to begin the story aspects and the preparatory work. So sit back, relax and have a little patience, it's coming.

Update: The Association will kick off at the start of the 2010 offseason.

I hope you will all enjoy this.
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Archives

Main Index
2009-10 Regular Season Recap
2009-10 Playoffs Recap
NLSC Rookies
2011 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge Rosters
2011 NBA All-Star Game Rosters
NLSC Prospects Update
Shaq's Nickname Contest + NLSCer Improvement Details
Shaq Nickname Contest Results + Leaderboard
2012 All Star Weekend Contest Details
2012 All Star Saturday Participants
2012 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge Rosters
2012 NBA All Star Game Rosters
2012 All Star Weekend Contest Results + Leaderboard
NLSC Prospects Update


Road to Glory II: The Story
Prologue
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15

Articles
2009-10 Chicago Bulls: A Disastrous Season in Review
Bulls, Forman Sever Ties. Paxson appoints new General Manager.
2010 NBA Draft Lottery
30 Teams, 30 Days: Chicago Draft Preview
2010 NBA Draft: Consensus Mock Lottery
2010 NBA Draft Recap: Chicago Bulls
2010-11 Season Preview: Chicago Bulls
White Chocolate injury, retirement announcements, James White assigned to D-League
Turner injury, Front office changes, Anthony Morrow signing
Around the League Contract Extensions (Gasol, Bryant, Noah)
Bulls fire Del Negro
Bulls name Byron Scott as new head coach
Grading the Deals: 2011 NBA Trade Deadline
Gibson to miss rest of season with ankle injury
2011 NBA Rookie of the Year: Ed Davis
2011 NBA All-Rookie Teams
2011 NBA Most Improved Player: Zydrunas Ilgauskas
2011 NBA Sixth Man of the Year: Lamar Odom
2011 NBA Defensive Player of the Year: Dwight Howard
2011 NBA Coach of the Year: Phil Jackson
2011 NBA All-Defensive Teams
2011 NBA Most Valuable Player: Kobe Bryant
2011 All-NBA Teams
Auditing The Chicago Bulls 2010-11 Season
2011 NBA Retirees
2011 NBA Draft Scouting Report: NLSC Prospects
2011 NBA Draft: Lottery Results
2011 NBA Draft: Consensus Mock Lottery
Bulls pick up options on Rose, Gibson | Chicago resigns Brad Miller
2011 NBA Draft: Complete Draft Board
2011 NBA Draft: Draft Night Transactions
Grading the Deal: Wade forces his way back to South Beach
Grading the Deal: Bulls Deal Turner to Nets
Bulls Resign Korver, Williams
Anthony Morrow Returns to Chicago
Bulls Sign Free Agent Guard Jeremy Lin
Around the League: major off-season transactions
2011 Training Camp, Preseason Schedule
NBA Media Day 2011
2011-12 NBA Season Team-by-Team Previews
2011-12 Season Preview: Chicago Bulls
2011-12 NLSCers Career Debuts
Around the League: Coaching Changes (Nov 2011)
Rose, Bulls agree to six year extension
Around the League: Hornets Winning Streak, Miller retirement plans (Nov 2011)
Hornets Win 22nd Straight
Around the League: Hornets Winning Streak (23/24), Hill's retirement, Collison injury (Dec 2011)
Around the League: Hornets Win Streak Snapped, Pacers Fire Head Coach (Dec 2011)
Around the League: Shaq Extension, Robinson's career high, Oden injury (Dec 2011)
Around the League: Cavaliers Fire Mike Brown (Jan 2012)
Boozer out 2-4 Weeks with Separated Shoulder
Boozer Practices, Will Make Return on Friday
Around the League: Paul, Williams Extensions, Jermaine O'Neal season ending injury (Jan 2012)
Grading the Deal: Bulls acquire Vujacic from Nets
Grading the Deal: NBA Trade Deadline 2012
Shaq joins 30,000 club
2012 NBA Rookie of the Year: Liam Washburn
2012 NBA All-Rookie Teams
2012 NBA Defensive Player of the Year: Josh Smith
2012 NBA All-Defensive Teams
2012 NBA Most Improved Player: Jordan Hill
2012 NBA Sixth Man of the Year: Lamar Odom
Jason Kidd Sets Playoff Record
2012 NBA Coach of the Year: Phil Jackson
2012 NBA Most Valuable Player: Kobe Bryant
2012 All-NBA Teams
Jason Williams sprains ankle, deactivated for Game 5

Monthly Recaps
2010 Offseason Transactions
2010 Preseason Recap
November Recap Part One: Bulls Monthly Recap
November Recap Part Two: Around the League
December Recap Part One: Bulls Monthly Recap
December Recap Part Two: Around the League
January Recap Part One: Bulls Monthly Recap
January Recap Part Two: Around the League
February Recap Part One: Bulls Monthly Recap
February Recap Part Two: Around the League
March Recap Part One: Bulls Monthly Recap
March Recap Part Two: Around the League
April Recap Part One: Bulls Monthly Recap
April Recap Part Two: Around the League
2011 Offseason Transactions
2011 Preseason Recap
November Recap Part One: Bulls Monthly Recap
November Recap Part Two: Around the League
November Recap Part Three: Rookie Rankings
November Recap Part Four: Race to the MVP
November Recap Part Five: Miscellaneous Recaps
December Recap Part One: Bulls Monthly Recap
December Recap Part Two: Around the League
December Recap Part Three: Rookie Rankings
December Recap Part Four: Race to the MVP
December Recap Part Five: Miscellaneous Recaps
January Recap Part One: Bulls Monthly Recap
January Recap Part Two: Around the League
January Recap Part Three: Rookie Rankings
January Recap Part Four: Race to the MVP
January Recap Part Five: Miscellaneous Recaps
February Recap Part One: Bulls Monthly Recap
February Recap Part Two: Around the League
February Recap Part Three: Rookie Rankings
February Recap Part Four: Race to the MVP
February Recap Part Five: Miscellaneous Recaps
March Recap Part One: Bulls Monthly Recap
March Recap Part Two: Around the League
March Recap Part Three: Rookie Rankings
March Recap Part Four: Race to the MVP
March Recap Part Five: Miscellaneous Recaps
April Recap Part One: Bulls Monthly Recap
April Recap Part Two: Around the League

Game Recaps
November 1st @ Miami Heat
December 9th @ Atlanta Hawks
December 15th vs Sacramento Kings
January 18th @ Los Angeles Lakers
January 27th @ Oklahoma City Thunder
2011 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge
2011 NBA All-Star Game
March 27th vs Philadelphia 76ers
October 28th @ Atlanta Hawks - 2011/12 Season Opener
October 30th vs Miami Heat - 2011/12 Home Opener
November 27th vs New Orleans Hornets
November 30th Houston Rockets (Martti) @ Portland Trailblazers (Sit)
December 2nd @ Sacramento Kings
December 4th @ Portland Trailblazers
December 5th @ Los Angeles Lakers
December 13th Houston Rockets (Martti) @ Miami Heat (Lamrock)
December 18th @ Houston Rockets
December 19th @ Dallas Mavericks
December 23rd Miami Heat (Lamrock) vs Portland Trailblazers (Sit)
January 11th vs New Jersey Nets
January 16th vs San Antonio Spurs
2012 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge
2012 Footlocker Three Point Shootout
2012 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest
2012 NBA All Star Game
February 17th vs Dallas Mavericks
February 22nd @ New Orleans Hornets
April 14th Season Finale @ Orlando Magic

Playoffs
2011 NBA Playoff Previews: First Round
2011 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: Chicago Bulls vs Washington Wizards
2011 Playoffs First Round Summary
2011 NBA Playoff Previews: Conference Semifinals
2011 Eastern Conference Semifinals: Chicago Bulls vs Boston Celtics
2011 Playoffs Second Round Summary
2011 NBA Playoff Previews: Conference Finals
2011 Playoffs Conference Finals Summary
2011 NBA Finals Preview
2011 NBA Finals Recap
2012 NBA Playoffs Preview: First Round
2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: Chicago Bulls vs Boston Celtics
2012 Playoffs First Round Summary
2012 NBA Playoff Previews: Conference Semifinals
2012 Eastern Conference Semifinals: Chicago Bulls vs Miami Heat
2012 Playoffs Second Round Summary
2012 Eastern Conference Finals: Chicago Bulls vs Orlando Magic
2012 Playoffs Conference Finals Summary
2012 NBA Finals Preview
2012 NBA Finals Recap
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2011/12 Chicago Bulls Roster
As of February 17th, 2011

Starting Five
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Bench
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Inactive Rotation
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Player Bio
NUM | PLAYER | POS | HT | WT | DOB | FROM | YRS
#1 Derrick Rose G 6-3 190 10/04/1988 Memphis 3
#12 Kirk Hinrich G 6-4 190 01/02/1981 Kansas 8
#9 Luol Deng F 6-9 220 04/16/1985 Duke 7
#5 Carlos Boozer F 6-9 266 11/20/1981 Duke 9
#13 Joakim Noah C 6-11 232 02/25/1985 Florida 4
#18 Sasha Vujacic G 6-7 205 03/08/1984 Maribor, Slovenia 7
#26 Kyle Korver F/G 6-7 212 03/17/1981 Creighton 8
#34 Shaquille O'Neal C 7-1 325 03/06/1972 Louisiana State 19
#22 Taj Gibson F 6-9 225 06/24/1985 USC 2
#7 Jeremy Lin G 6-3 200 08/23/1988 Harvard R
#45 Marcus Jordan G 6-3 190 12/24/1990 UCF R
#52 Brad Miller C 7-0 261 04/12/1976 Purdue 13
#44 Jason Williams G 6-1 180 11/18/1975 Florida 12









Staff
Head Coach
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Bryon Scott (College - Arizona State)
Contract: 2YR/$5.40M
Offense: A
Defense: B
Teacher: A
Potential: B

Assistant Coach
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Ron Harper (College - Miami University)
Contract: 2YR/$1.19M
Offense: B
Defense: A
Teacher: F
Potential: C

NBA Scout
Sheldon Hubbard
Contract: 1YR/$750K
Level: C
Potential: B

Prospect Scouts
Ron Finley
Contract: 2YR/$100K
Level: C
Potential: C

Hugh Dailey
Contract: 1YR/$275K
Level: D
Potential: A

Dee Copeland
Contract: 1YR/$750K
Level: B
Potential: F

Trainer
Gerard Allen
Contract: 3YR/$800K
Level: B
Potential: B
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Re: Road to Glory II

Postby Valor on Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:12 pm

Prologue

Previously on Road to Glory I......

There was no road, In-front was a dead-truck stopped in it's tracks. Lai tried to veer away from the lane but it was too late.
Next thing Lai knew, was a loud crashing sound and his world went completely black.

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"Leo, Leo! Wake up!" Lai heard a voice calling, he tried to move but couldn't and instead felt only pain throughout his attempts. He opened his eyes and saw a white ceiling above him.
"God damn Leo, how long are you going to lie there for? Get on your feet already!" said a figure walking towards him, it was the voice he had been hearing calling him, recognizing his friend's voice, Lai got up with great efforts at last.
"Hey man" said Lai "What happened here? Didn't i have a car crash? What's this..."
"Huh, what car crash?" asked the person "Snap out of it already Leo, time to return to reality; And for god sake stop playing NBA 2K9 already would you?"
Lai looked towards the direction of his friend's finger, and seeing his computer with 2K9 running his New Jersey Nets association, began to come to his senses and remembered what had happened.....

He was playing in the first round of the playoffs as the top seeded team, and surprisingly was upset by the lower seeded Wizards. Bewildered and frustrated at the result, he went to bed with a mixture of those feelings. The car crash was apparently only a bad dream.....

"You have your head straight now? There's a call for you"
"Who's calling?" asked Lai
"No idea" answered his friend as he got the wireless and gave it to Leo.

"Hello?" Lai answered the call "Who's this?"
"I assume you've heard of the name Michael Jordan? I am calling on behalf of him"The voice on the other line replied and Lai laughed out loud as he heard the name announced.
"You're kidding right? You sure you have the right Leo Lai?" chuckled Lai as he continued to listen before frowning "No? you want to what?"
"Mr Jordan is requesting a meeting with you, regarding the possibility of a job in the front office at his newly acquired NBA franchise, are you available for a meeting, yes or no"
"........I guess I am available, name the date, time and location."
Lai listened and wrote down the details before hanging up the call.

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Leo Lai looked around, he was in the Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, having just got off the plane and through immigration.

"Mr Lai I presume?" said a voice behind him, causing Leo to jump in surprise "I am here to pick you up"
Leo turned around and saw none other then the Bobcats General Manager Rod Higgins
"I thought they would've sent a driver or something, not the GM" mused Lai as he extended his hand for a handshake"I am Leo, nice to meet you"
"Rod Higgins," replied Higgins as he took the handshake "This way please, Mr Jordan is waiting to interview you"

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"Welcome to Charlotte" a voice greeted Lai upon his arrival at the carpark "Please, come over to my office"
Lai saw a familiar figure that he had so very often seen in highlight reels, NBA games, and everywhere on the web. It was the 6'6" Hall of Fame player Michael Jordan, in person standing in front of him.
"No time to be star-struck Mr Lai" chuckled Jordan as he offered his hand "Nice to meet you, call me Mike"
Lai took the handshake "The honor is mine, Mike"
"So, i called you over here for an interview because I think you have what it takes to become our assistant GM" explained Jordan as they walked towards the office "I am looking for another voice to help Rod out and you are one of the candidates that I have been looking at"
Jordan opened the door to his office, showed Lai into the room, and continued "Now, if you are comfortable with it, lets begin the interview..."

"....Thank you for your time, I'll inform you the results of the interview in a few days" concluded Jordan "I have taken the liberty of arranging you a nice suite in the nearby five star hotel, i hope yo
u'll enjoy it."
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Re: Road to Glory II

Postby dare on Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:14 pm

Damn that was fast, first to reply here :) I think your team is the Bulls
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Re: Road to Glory II

Postby Valor on Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:32 pm

dare wrote:Damn that was fast

I am a man of my word, promised a sequel and here it is (Y) Prologue is up now, enjoy the read :P

Nothing's gonna happen until 2K decides to release the fix or tell us they are not going to though, don't want to have to restart due to bad timing of releases :?
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Re: Road to Glory II - Prologue

Postby hova- on Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:49 pm

Ok, the Cats. Will be fun, the Cats are actually popular now because they are good and not because they are the new team which simply sucks.

Good luck! And don't play too much 2k10 :D Bad dreams from playing ^^ that's good, actually you should have dreamed of Agent Zero drawing a gun in front of you ^^
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Re: Road to Glory II - Prologue

Postby Mark. on Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:52 pm

Good luck with this dude, can't wait to see what team you use
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Re: Road to Glory II - Prologue

Postby |)e8* on Fri Mar 05, 2010 9:55 pm

Hey man sorry I stopped following the last one, but hopefully I can follow this one cuz this is freaking good!(Doesnt't mean the last one sucked, I just had too many to follow lol0
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Re: Road to Glory II - Prologue

Postby Clutch on Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:49 pm

'CATS are HOTATATAH! Thierry drop Indy and start his yet? :lol:

just teasin', T :P
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Re: Road to Glory II - Prologue

Postby #thierry on Sat Mar 06, 2010 1:04 am

Great to see RtG II start (Y)

No prob Clutch :lol: Pacers are here to stay
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Re: Road to Glory II - Prologue

Postby Clutch on Sat Mar 06, 2010 2:14 am

Thierry. wrote:No prob Clutch :lol: Pacers are here to stay :cheeky:


good to hear you say that with conviction man! you're definitely off to a great start; i'll be watching (Y)
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Re: Road to Glory II - Prologue

Postby #thierry on Sat Mar 06, 2010 5:55 am

Congrats on the 1k, Clutch :wink:
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Re: Road to Glory II - Prologue

Postby Clutch on Sat Mar 06, 2010 6:17 am

holyshit :shock:

man, had i realized that i would've announced starting a new dynasty or something rah rah chest-thumpin' like that lol

ah well, least i used my 1K post to give props to a solid dynasty starter (i can't say "maker" yet) who just needs a little encouragement/focus sticking to one team and is destined to make the HoF as long as he sees it through ;)
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Re: Road to Glory II - Prologue

Postby #thierry on Sat Mar 06, 2010 7:07 am

Clutch wrote:ah well, least i used my 1K post to give props to a solid dynasty starter (i can't say "maker" yet) who just needs a little encouragement/focus sticking to one team and is destined to make the HoF as long as he sees it through ;)


Yeah, what a way to get to the milestone :lol: Thanks for the advice, man. Hopefully I can stick with the Pacers when I assemble them in the offseason with all my favorite players. There's a hook, X :D
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Re: Road to Glory II - Prologue

Postby Lamrock on Sat Mar 06, 2010 9:26 am

Nice little prologue Valor. Kinda stupid how half the threads in this forum are about Thierry's failed "dynasties"
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Re: Road to Glory II - Prologue

Postby Martti. on Sat Mar 06, 2010 9:45 am

Yeah, Thierry should switch from "Association" to "Season" mode. (Y) Just kiddin' man.

Anyway, I bet this will be good. I don't know your team, but I bet there will be some asians in it. And add NLSC draftees. Gotta kick Sit's ass. :P
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Re: Road to Glory II - Prologue

Postby #thierry on Sat Mar 06, 2010 10:09 am

Lamrock wrote:Nice little prologue Valor. Kinda stupid how half the threads in this forum are about Thierry's failed "dynasties"


Not dynasties. "Stories". That last 2 weeks.

Martti. wrote:Yeah, Thierry should switch from "Association" to "Season" mode. (Y) Just kiddin' man.


From "Association" to "Season" to "Month" mode. That would suit me better. :shake: But not again! :cheeky: Couple of aces under my sleeve.
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Re: Road to Glory II - Prologue

Postby Sit on Sat Mar 06, 2010 6:39 pm

Martti. wrote:Gotta kick Sit's ass. :P


What's with the hate man?
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Re: Road to Glory II - Prologue

Postby Valor on Sun Mar 07, 2010 2:03 am

Thanks for all the replies guys, 110+ views in just a day with just a prologue and the game not even starting yet, talk about a hype thread :lol:

Clutch, Congrads on the milestone man :chug:

Thierry., I trust those words are genuine this time? :) I dont like the Pacers (for some strange reason, i just hate them) but it's a good thing you are going to stick with it

hova-, damn, why didnt i think of that :shock: :lol: shows how "creative" i am :shake:

Lamrock, Thanks man, hope you'll like the next chapter as well :P

Martti., I'll have to dispute that fact about asians in my team, but who knows :P As for NLSCers, i am still deciding whether to put you guys in, if i do, all the rooks from Road to Glory I will be placed in the draft, alongside the prospects from the upcoming draft (i think it was only Clutch)

De8, no worries, hope you'll enjoy this

Mark., Well, i hope you'll enjoy it no matter what team i use :P


I am currently figuring out (in my spare time away from studying for my exams this coming wk) a good set of rosters and sliders (Kova's rosters and Playmakers' sliders seem to be ok) and if 2K doesn't release their way overdue patch, i will start this as soon as exams are over.

Meanwhile, Chapter 1 will be coming soon (practicing my creative writing for the English exam :lol: )
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Re: Road to Glory II - Prologue

Postby #thierry on Sun Mar 07, 2010 2:45 am

Valor wrote: Thierry., I trust those words are genuine this time? :) I dont like the Pacers (for some strange reason, i just hate them) but it's a good thing you are going to stick with it


That's the idea man. :) If it makes you even happier, I had three games against this Bulls this February and lost all of them. Warrick and Murray were unstoppable. But you just wait until offseason and see the players I'm gonna acquire :twisted:
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Postby Valor on Sun Mar 07, 2010 3:15 am

Chapter 1

It has been 3 days since Leo Lai's meeting with Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Bobcats, he had enjoyed touring the city of Charlotte and was especially impressed with the fabulous lifestyle that the city had to offer.

"I am going to enjoy working here" Lai thought to himself as he headed back to the hotel following a nice dinner at the local restaurant "This place is great"
"Mr Lai?" said the receptionist when Lai went over for his key "You have a message from Mr Jordan. He would like for you to meet him in his office tomorrow"
"Thanks" replied Lai as he took his key and headed to his room "I guess it's time to sign that contract and get started then" he thought to himself as he went off to bed in the luxurious suite.

The next morning, Lai got himself up early and dressed as best as he could in his one and only Armani suit before heading off to his soon-to-be office.

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"Mr Lai? Please wait here while i inform Mr Jordan of your arrival" said the secretary as she picked up the phone and dialed into the office "Mr Jordan? Mr Lai is here"
"Please, go on in"
Lai walked into the room with a smile, but that quickly faded when he saw the look of distress on Jordan's face. A sense of uneasiness fell onto Lai as he approached the desk.
"Mr Jordan? What's the matter?"
"Leo, I know of your potential and the abilities you possess, but I can't hire you" stated Jordan
"What do you mean?" asked Lai, puzzled
"Take a look at this" said Jordan, handing over the newspaper on his desk. It was the daily paper in the sports section, with the headline More Mistakes for Executive Jordan? written on it.
"Oh...This problem..." Lai said in a quiet voice before pleading his case "But I can show them too, right? Give me some time and I'll prove them wrong"
"Sorry Leo, I just can't take that chance. My image has taken too much hits since my career as an Executive had begun and I need to do 'the right thing' here to redeem myself. I know you have the ability, but you are only 18 and have no previous managing OR coaching experiences. I can't do this" answered Jordan
"Right...I understan..." Lai said with his head down, failing at his attempt to conceal his disappointment
"But" continued Jordan "What i can do is refer you to another job in the business"
Lai looked up at this and couldn't believe what he heard, he was being given a chance after all "You serious?" he asked hopefully.
"Yes, I think I have just the right job for you." replied Jordan with a smile "How would you like it in the Windy City, taking over Gar Forman's Job?"
"I would like that very much Mike, Thank You so much" said Lai, barely hiding his excitement at the prospect of managing his favorite team
"Well, I'll make the call now, get yourself packed and ready to fly this afternoon" said Jordan before reaching for the phone "....You still need something?" asked Jordan when he saw that Lai had not left the room yet
"Kind of, I was wondering if you could..." replied Lai as he reached into his bag "..Sign this for me? I was a big Bulls fan back in the day" he was holding out an Authentic 1984 Retro Chicago Bulls Jordan Jersey
"Sure" Jordan smiled as he signed the Jersey "I look forward at seeing your career as an executive. Hopefully you won't make the same mistakes as me"
"Thanks Mike, Good Luck to you too" Lai said as he left the office

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"Well, Mike did refer you. Although you have no experience, you have shown tremendous knowledge of the game and that's what i needed to see" said Chicago Bulls Vice-President of Basketball Operations John Paxson "Congratulations, you are hired"
Paxson stood up, shook hands with Lai before handing over a freshly printed contract. Lai briefly scanned it before happily signing it.
"I look forward to working with you Mr Paxson" Lai said
"Haha, call me John" replied Paxson "I presume you'll want to meet with the guys?"
"Naturally"
"I'll bring you over and introduce you then. They are practicing now"

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The Bulls were scrimmaging when Lai and Paxson walked onto the court. Bulls head coach Vinny Del Negro stopped the scrimmage when he saw the two walking in and called over the guys
"Hey there Vinny, Guys. This is Leo Lai. He is the team's new General Manager" stated Paxson.
Every member of the team muttered quietly at this "This kid's supposed to be our GM? I have more years then him" Lai heard one said.
"Quiet down guys. Show the man the respect he deserves" Del Negro said before turning to Lai and offered his hand "I am the Head Coach Vinny Del Negro, nice to be working with you"
"Thanks Vinny, pleasure to meet you" replied Lai before addressing the players "I know what you might be thinking, that I'm too young and not qualified to take this position." he paused before continuing "But I guarantee I'll do a good job and make this team into a serious contender in about 2 seasons. I have high expectations of this club and great confidence in you guys. I only ask you to all listen to mine, John's, and Vinny's advice and play your hearts out and play within the team. If you do those things, you'll be rewarded" concluded Lai
The Players murmured amongst themselves before Derrick Rose approached Lai, extended his hand "Sorry if we had our doubts. Welcome to Chicago"
Lai smiled, took the hand and replied "It's my pleasure to be here"
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Re: Road to Glory II - Chapter 1

Postby megarover on Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:36 am

Chicago is a good choice. Make them GREAT!
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Re: Road to Glory II - Chapter 1

Postby Martti. on Sun Mar 07, 2010 5:33 am

It had to be the Bulls. :)
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Re: Road to Glory II - Chapter 1

Postby Oznogrd on Sun Mar 07, 2010 7:30 am

*doing best fat guy impersonation*
DAAAAA Bulls da bulls da bulls...

Good luck man. I have some loyalty to the bulls from my younger years in jordan days and college years in illinois and i always catch myself pulling for them. Kick some eastern conference ass.
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Re: Road to Glory II - Chapter 1

Postby #thierry on Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:16 am

Great choice. So, I guess Odom won't be here this time. That sucks :lol:
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Re: Road to Glory II - Chapter 1

Postby |)e8* on Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:38 am

Joakim Noah :headbang:
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Re: Road to Glory II - Chapter 1

Postby Valor on Sun Mar 07, 2010 10:55 pm

Thanks for the support guys, Chicago is my all time favorite as some of you may know, so there's no way i'm going to not do one, especially since my last stint with the Bulls was ended via corrupted file :?

Side Note: I just noticed that my retired Association Road to Glory has the stats of 781 posts and over 12100 views, which is just 2900 views behind The X's Bronze category. I was hoping that with enough support we could get Andrew to pin this below Sit's Platinum Category association story A Legend is Born II. At least until an Association Story Hall of Fame opens up.

What do you guys say? :P
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Re: Road to Glory II - Chapter 1

Postby Clutch on Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:10 pm

i'll always have a special place in my heart for the Bulls; though you won't quiet have the magic of when #s 23 and 33 dominated the game, hope you can bring them back to the title (Y)
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Re: Road to Glory II - Chapter 1

Postby |)e8* on Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:19 pm

I will love the bulls when Hinrich and Brad Miller are gone
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Re: Road to Glory II - Chapter 1

Postby Sit on Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:53 pm

A Bulls dynasty. Can't say that I am surprised by this choice. :P

As for sticking your story, we should let Story Guru Lamrock decide. :)
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Re: Road to Glory II - Chapter 1

Postby Lamrock on Mon Mar 08, 2010 5:23 am

Don't see why not. (Y)
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Re: Road to Glory II - Chapter 1

Postby Valor on Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:55 pm

Clutch wrote:i'll always have a special place in my heart for the Bulls; though you won't quiet have the magic of when #s 23 and 33 dominated the game, hope you can bring them back to the title (Y)

I certainly hope that's the case (Y)

De8 wrote:I will love the bulls when Hinrich and Brad Miller are gone

If they are gone alongside the expirings, I'll have only 5 original guys left? :lol:

Sit wrote:A Bulls dynasty. Can't say that I am surprised by this choice. :P

You'll be surprised at the moves i'll be making :P ( :lol: maybe not, since i am so predictable)

Lamrock wrote:Don't see why not. (Y)

Thanks for the vote of confidence, I'll request it at the Nominations thread. Endorse me there? :wink:


Update on the status of this association: I am through waiting for the damn patch, this will start as soon as my exams end (Y)
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2009-10 Chicago Bulls: A Disastrous Season in Review
April 17th, 2010

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Just a season ago, the Bulls went on a roll after making deadline trades and powered their way into the playoffs, pushing the-then defending
champion Boston Celtics to the brink of elimination in one of the most electrifying first round playoff series of all time.

Now, they are all going to be waiting at home watching 16 of the NBA's top teams chase the Larry O'Brien trophy.

The Bulls came into the 2009-10 team as an Eastern Conference playoff contender, a talented young team that were expected to take their
collective game to the next level. However, Trades made by John Paxson and Gar Forman had molded them in preparation of the upcoming
Free Agent class instead of playoff contention.

As a result, Chicago had a "repeat" of the 07-08 season, finishing with another 33-49 record en-route to the 14th spot in the Eastern Conference
despite having produced two All-Stars in last season's rookie of the year Derrick Rose and a rejuvenated and healthy Luol Deng.

The Bulls were never expected to have great offense after the departure of Ben Gordon, and it was evident, as they only scored 96.1 points
per game - which was more then expected already; But what is the biggest concern was their Defense, which was thought to have been improved
with Gordon's departure. However, since Salmons got traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for more expiring contracts, the Bulls were forced to go small
once again with Hinrich starting at the two guard, which allowed their opponents to pound on them each and every time.

Additionally, their offensive execution has been horrendous. Chicago is tied for 3rd highest turnovers at a staggering rate of 15.4 per game, add
that to a team that doesn't particularly shoot well in the first place, and you've got yourself a recipe for disaster.

John Paxson better be praying that the lottery balls bounce his way and those big names will be attracted by what the city has to offer, because if
his gamble fails, the Bulls are in for a long, long season.


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- Joe Alexander was assigned to the team's D-League affiliate Iowa Energy for the duration of the 09-10 season.
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Re: Road to Glory II

Postby Sit on Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:41 pm

Can't wait for the Draft.
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Postby Valor on Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:44 pm

2009/10 Regular Season Recap

Regular Season Awards
Most Valuable Player: LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Rookie of the Year: Tyreke Evans (Sacramento Kings)
Sixth Man of the Year: Luke Ridnour (Milwaukee Bucks)
Defensive Player of the Year: Josh Smith (Atlanta Hawks)
Most Improved Player: Chris Douglas-Roberts (New Jersey Nets)
Coach of the Year: Phil Jackson - Los Angeles Lakers (59-23)


All NBA First Team
Chris Paul - New Orleans Hornets
Dwyane Wade - Miami Heat
Lebron James - Cleveland Cavaliers
Chris Bosh - Toronto Raptors
Dwight Howard - Orlando Magic

All NBA Second Team
Tyreke Evans - Sacramento Kings
Kobe Bryant - Los Angeles Lakers
Kevin Durant - Oklahoma City Thunder
Josh Smith - Atlanta Hawks
Al Jefferson - Minnesota Timberwolves

All NBA Third Team
Derrick Rose - Chicago Bulls
Stephen Jackson - Charlotte Bobcats
Andre Iguodala - Philadelphia 76ers
Dirk Nowitzki - Dallas Mavericks
David Lee - New York Knicks

All Defensive First Team
Tyreke Evans - Sacramento Kings
Dwyane Wade - Miami Heat
LeBron James - Cleveland Cavaliers
Josh Smith - Atlanta Hawks
Dwight Howard - Orlando Magic

All Defensive Second Team
Chris Paul - New Orleans Hornets
Manu Ginobili - San Antonio Spurs
Kevin Durant - Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Bosh - Toronto Raptors
Ben Wallace - Detroit Pistons

All Rookie First Team
Tyreke Evans - Sacramento Kings
Terrence Williams - New Jersey Nets
Derrick Brown - Charlotte Bobcats
Blake Griffin - Los Angeles Clippers
Hasheem Thabeet - Memphis Grizzlies

All Rookie Second Team
Stephen Curry - Golden State Warriors
Marcus Thornton - New Orleans Hornets
Chase Budinger - Houston Rockets
Taj Gibson - Chicago Bulls
Byron Mullens - Oklahoma City Thunder


Transactions
12/21/09
Nets Fire Head Coach Lawrence Frank
Nets hire Head Coach Austin Wilkes

03/03/10
Timberwolves Fire Head Coach Kurt Rambis
Timberwolves Hire Head Coach Gabe Carter


Retirements
Players
Theo Ratliff - Charlotte Bobcats
Anthony Parker - Cleveland Cavaliers
Michael Finley - Boston Celtics
Anthony Johnson - Orlando Magic
Eduardo Nájera - Dallas Mavericks
Anthony Carter - Denver Nuggets
Chucky Atkins - Detroit Pistons
Juwan Howard - Portland Trailblazers
Fabricio Oberto - Washington Wizards

Coaches
Mike Dunleavy - Los Angeles Clippers
Jerry Sloan - Utah Jazz
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2010 NBA Playoffs Recap
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It was a repeat of the 2008 Finals, and the defending champions Los Angeles Lakers finally got their shot at vengeance.

Behind Kobe Bryant's spectacular performances, the 2010 Los Angeles Lakers will go down in history as only the ninth team ever to come back from a 1-3 deficit, and becomes the sole team to do so in the NBA Finals.

The Lakers overcame an elimination game in the first round against the surprisingly tough New Orleans Hornets led by Chris Paul, before easily dispatching the Rockets and sweeping the Jazz in the later rounds to reach the finals for the third straight season. Similarly, the Celtics had it rough in the first round with Dwight Howard's Orlando Magic before cruising to the finals, defeating Miami and Cleveland in the process.

Kobe Bryant averaged 32.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 2.4 steals and 0.8 blocks per game in the finals, shooting at just over 50% from the field (.503) along the way.

"It was just a strong desire to defend our crown" stated Bryant after the series "We just wanted it more and prove to the world that we are the best team in basketball, and Boston isn't going to be a factor in preventing that"

Bryant was named the Bill Russell Finals MVP for the second consecutive time.


2010 World Champions - Los Angeles Lakers
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2010 Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player
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Re: Road to Glory II - 2009-10 Regular Season Recap

Postby Martti. on Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:32 am

Too bad about the record. Get Turner now! Or sign D-Wade.
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Re: Road to Glory II - 2009-10 Regular Season Recap

Postby Sit on Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:35 am

Martti. wrote:Too bad about the record. Get Turner now! Or sign D-Wade.


I agree about D Wade! (Y)
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Re: Road to Glory II - 2009-10 Regular Season Recap

Postby Valor on Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:38 am

Sit wrote:
Martti. wrote:Too bad about the record. Get Turner now! Or sign D-Wade.


I agree about D Wade! (Y)

Me too, if he doesn't exercise his damn player option (like they all do in 2K9) or resign with the team before hitting FA (N)
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Re: Road to Glory II - 2009-10 Recap

Postby #thierry on Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:06 am

Liking Miami as the 1st seed, too bad they lost against the C's :(
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Re: Road to Glory II - 2009-10 Recap

Postby Clutch on Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:45 am

funny how the only real challenge for both Finals contenders came in the 1st round... too bad KG and co. choked as bad as they did :( ... now they'll be known forever for this pitiful breakdown more so than their championship a few yrs back

off-season should be intense - looking fwd to it!
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Re: Road to Glory II - 2009-10 Recap

Postby |)e8* on Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:10 am

Why does the finals seemed rigged lol
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Re: Road to Glory II - 2009-10 Recap

Postby dare on Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:27 am

LOL in every dynasty this year it seems the Lakers win it all, hopefully they do that in real life too
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Re: Road to Glory II - 2009-10 Recap

Postby Valor on Wed Mar 10, 2010 2:05 pm

Thierry. wrote:Liking Miami as the 1st seed, too bad they lost against the C's :(

With their roster, it should've been an 8th seed, 2K's sim engine is weird

Clutch wrote:now they'll be known forever for this pitiful breakdown more so than their championship a few yrs back

I know, isn't that great? :P :lol:

Clutch wrote:off-season should be intense - looking fwd to it!

coming soon man (Y)

De8 wrote:Why does the finals seemed rigged lol

Somehow i knew this was going to come up :lol:
and nope, i didn't rig it. If i did, the Celtics and the Cavs would not have gotten past the first round :cheeky:

dare wrote:hopefully they do that in real life too

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Bulls, Forman Sever Ties. Paxson appoints new General Manager.
June 5th, 2010

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The Chicago Bulls have announced the firing of General Manager Gar Forman. Effective Immediately.

Forman joined the club as a scout in 1998, a position he held until June 2002, when he was promoted to Special Assistant to
Executive V.P.-Basketball Operations. He was introduced as the Bulls General Manager on 21st of May, 2009. Taking over day
to day operations from Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson.

Taking over Forman's post is 18 year old Hong Kong/New Zealand native Leo Lai, who was widely speculated to have been in
line for the Bobcats' vacant assistant General Manager position. Negative publicity targeted at Bobcats owner Michael Jordan's
executive abilities was rumored to be a big factor in the failed deal. Rumor has it that Lai was hired by Paxson at the
recommendation of the Hall of Famer and former Bull legend.

Additionally, it has been reported that head coach Vinny Del Negro will be on a very short leash and could be fired any time in
the upcoming future.

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Oklahoma City defy odds, Wins lottery

The Oklahoma City Thunder entered the lottery with a mere 0.6% chance of landing the top pick.

They got it anyways.

Defying odds, the Thunder literally stole the top pick away from the league-worse Minnesota Timberwolves and will pick
before any other team on draft night.

Minnesota ended up with the second overall pick while the Chicago Bulls bounced up a slot from their predicted fourth
selection to obtaining the third overall pick. Rounding out the top five is New Jersey picking fourth and Sacramento Kings
dropping two slots down to fifth.

"Talk about getting lucky" said Thunder forward Kevin Durant, who was representing the team at the lottery "We would've
been happy if our pick jumped up a few slots, but to think we'd get the first pick...it's just amazing"

Durant is coming off a MVP-caliber season and has turned himself into one of the most proficient scorers in the league
today. Alongside Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and Jeff Green. The Thunder has a solid young core that's only going
to improve dramatically with this first selection.


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Re: Road to Glory II - 2009-10 Recap

Postby Sit on Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:03 pm

WTF... how'd they get the number 1 pick? lol
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Re: Road to Glory II - 2009-10 Recap

Postby Valor on Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:05 pm

Sit wrote:WTF... how'd they get the number 1 pick? lol

That was fast :lol: I have no clue either, first time i see such an upset in the lottery
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Re: Road to Glory II - Draft Lottery

Postby Sit on Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:06 pm

Who you planning on picking?
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