The state of the Chicago Bulls has been pretty ugly in the past few years, with this year getting even uglier. Bulls new head coach Fred Hoiberg took over this year, but things have gone from bad to terrible in that time. With less than ten games left this year the Bulls sit two full games out of the eastern conference playoff picture. With the type of salary devoted to this team not making the playoffs would be an utter disaster. At some point the Bulls ownership need to hold management accountable for this sinking status that currently covers the organization like a dense fog.
The Bulls have lacked a consistency that has been clearly evident all year. Defensively the team has absolutely flat lined over the past year and a half continues to show no sign of life. Offensively, there is no chemistry in either the front or back court. The fact Hoiberg has still not found out how to play Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, and Pau Gasol together effectively blows my mind.
Sure, the Bulls have had a plethora of injuries throughout the season, but who hasn’t? This team was built with allot of depth and talent, but the philosophy seems to be skewed. When the Bulls did loose players like Joakim Noah and Jimmy Butler. They had significant production from Etwan Moore, Doug McDermott, and rookie Bobby Portis. But still the Bulls could not create any traction in the eastern conference and still continued to lose to horrible teams.
It is very frustrating for Bulls fans to have some great performances, but not being able to put them all together to produce a winning basketball team. This is clearly evident with the play of Derrick Rose who has missed some games this season sporadically, but overall has been a major contributor by playing at a very high level. No one thought Derrick would come back at the MVP level of a few years ago, but he has. Yet the Bulls can’t capitalize on most of these games and end up wasting another outstanding performance.
Ideally the Bulls need to improve the center position to set a better foundation going into the future. Also, regardless of Derrick Rose the Bulls need to invest in a top tier point guard to better help ensure better offensive flow and efficiency. Derrick might be an asset the Bulls trade this off season due to the fact his return value might be at its highest. The fact is everyone on this team should be available to better help bring some assets back here to Chicago.
Hopefully the Bulls front office management and ownership will make the tough decisions needed for the Bulls to take a step forward into the future instead of taking another step backwards.