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 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
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 Andre DRUMMOND
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  (190-PG-88)
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 Robert COVINGTON
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 Myles TURNER
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This Bulls Mess Isn't Getting Better Anytime Soon! - Jan 27, 2019


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This Bulls Mess Isn't Getting Better Anytime Soon!

The Chicago Bulls are a complete mess and it isn't getting better anytime soon! When a team like the Sacramento Kings are openly mocking you things are bad and likely getting worse. The Bulls hoped jettisoning Vinny Del Negro, I mean Tom Thibodeau, I meant Fred Hoiberg would create a culture change and it has, for the worse. Vinny was an embarrassment as a coach but he did get a second gig, even if it was with a Reinsdorf pal and personal embarrassment Donald Sterling, owner of the LA Clippers. Thibodeau's time with the Bulls was punctuated with the luck of the draw when the team fell into MVP Derrick Rose. He was a competent coach, a good talent evaluator who got the most out of his players with the Bulls. He didn't get along with John Paxson and Gar Foreman so the team publicly admonished him and took the first chance to fire him. Gar Foreman announced he would launch a world wide search for the next coach and yet amazingly settled on a personal friend who had been rumored for years as the next coach of the Bulls in Fred Hoiberg the next day. Coach Hoiberg liked a pace and space offense predicated on running, outside shooting and a outside in approach to basketball. The team rewarded the coach by never giving him the kind of players he would need to run his offense, the team got close to it this season before brining in plodding forward Jabari Parker as there one big addition this offseason. The team was entertaining and competitive early in the season and Zach Lavine looked like a major building block for the future. None of it was apparently good enough for the combo of Gar/Pax the two headed monster of 1990s basketball who felt the team needed a new direction, one that a coach like Thibodeau would have been perfect for, only they had fired him a few years ago.

In comes Jim Boylen and his hard nosed, throwback style. The team responded immediately by a open insurrection against his leadership and hard charging practices. The team took a step back in competitiveness, showing heavy legs from heavy minutes and hard practices and a slew of injuries. The team has been blown out regularly and has won only once in 2019 so far. Worse yet is his playing an injured Chandler Hutchison for 41 minutes after he had a broken a bone in his foot the previous game. Boylen is out of touch who thinks working for Greg Popovich made him a great, coach an absurd assumption on his part. His four out one in, half court style of slow tempo and isolation basketball harkens back to an era from almost thirty years ago. His lack of analytics and understanding of the modern NBA game makes him ill suited for anything more than improving the Bulls lottery status.

To focus too much on Boylen would be a tremendous disservice to the real architects of the Bulls abysmal season, Gar/Pax. They have the smallest front office in the NBA, lack advance analytics, focusing most of the resources on making money, brand and marketing while having the smallest scouting staff in the NBA. This was partially papered over while coach Thibs was in charge, as his maniacal approach to coaching including a lot of film watching, scouting and focus on player development. The Bulls did well when he was the coach, only missing when the front office insisted on Marquis Teague over Coach Thibs guy, Draymond Green. This is a front office who turned two borderline all-stars in Gary Harris and Jusuf Nurkic into literally nothing in return in a matter of a few years, a nearly impossible feat.

Adding insult to injury for Bulls fans is the fact the last three trades they made have all been to make some money for a team that arguably is the most profitable in the NBA. This isn't an outlier, the trades of Kyle Korver for nothing and letting Omar Asik go when the rockets were able to flip him for a first round pick all show that the bottom line for the Bulls, is their bottom line. The franchise has turned into a laughingstock of the NBA, the only thing that has prevented the Bulls from being one of the worst franchises in NBA history is a little known player by the name of Michael Jordan who carved out a pretty good NBA career.

The track record of the team under its ownership and leadership has been pretty clear, don't expect major changes or improvement anytime soon. They have other goals in mind, keeping their jobs, muting criticism of their ineptitude and fattening the wallets of ownership. These are your 2019 Chicago Bulls.   




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Anthony Davis trade: Pelicans deal All-Star to Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, three first-round picks, per report - 1 day ago
The Anthony Davis (6'10''-C-93, college: Kentucky) saga is over. Early on Saturday afternoon, the New Orleans Pelicans reportedly agreed to a deal to send Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Lonzo Ball (6'6''-G-97, college: UCLA), Brandon Ingram (6'9''-SF-97, college: Duke), Josh Hart (6'5''-G-95, college: Villanova) and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 overall pick in this year's draft. Via Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN: The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to a dea...   [read more]

Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler To Decline His Player Option - 1 day ago
Jimmy Butler (6'7''-G/F-89, college: Marquette) will decline his player option for the 2019/20 season and hit the free agent market, sources tell Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. The Sixers have been expecting Butler to take this route. Philadelphia remains 'adamant' about retaining Butler and the franchise appears willing to do whatever is necessary to re-sign the 29-year-old. Butler has previously expressed that he's confident a max contract awaits him in free agency. The Lakers have real...   [read more]

Goran Dragic
Goran Dragic opts into $19.2 million final season on Heat contract - 2 days ago
Goran Dragic is back in play for the Miami Heat, with the Sun Sentinel confirming Thursday through an NBA source that the veteran point guard has picked up the $19.2 million 2019-20 option on his contract. Dragic had until June 29 to inform the Heat of his opt-in decision. By rule, he was ineligible to be traded until such a decision was made. He otherwise would have become a free agent on July 1. The Heat continue to wait on a decision from center Hassan Whiteside, who holds a $27   [read more]


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