Rick Telander from Wednesday's Chicago Sun-Times:

Maybe if Elton Brand didn't keep improving with age, it wouldn't be so painful. Maybe if the playoff-hopeful Bulls didn't need a player like Brand more than anything else, it wouldn't be so frustrating.

Maybe if the 28-year-old Los Angeles Clippers power forward wasn't such a classy, decent, hard-working, old-school kind of guy, it wouldn't be so hard for Chicagoans to take.

But Brand started the game Tuesday against the Bulls at the United Center showing exactly the kind of quality player he is, and all the Bulls could do was think about what might have been. The Bulls' 103-89 loss was about sealed from the get-go...

Telander also contends that "[the Clippers] are going nowhere in the immediate future."