Yes, this is another Bulls rant! And yes, I am expecting insulting comments for this. BUT, the Bulls recent surge is not something to be excited about. This is just one of those mid-season surges that will ultimately end in failure and sadness.
For those who are not aware, the Bulls started the 2017-2018 NBA season with a 3-17 record spanning between October and November. Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic were both out for a considerable length of time during this stretch, and it was all but inevitable that the Bulls were Top 5 pick bound.
But then, Portis came back from suspension, Nikola’s jaw healed up, and they were back. And with that, the Bulls went on a 9-5 record to begin the month of December, and are 8-2 in their last 10. They’re the HOTTEST team in the league right now.
But that’s the thing, it’s a month. ONE MONTH in a long 82 game season. Just stop with this nonsense!
Take a look at the Cavs, for example. They started the first 13 games of the season with a 6-7 record, with everyone writing them off for the playoffs. Media members across the country were questioning Lebron, the staff, and the rest of the Cavalier brass.
But you know what, they changed. They reverted back to their old “Cavalier” way, and are now 24-11 and 3rd in the Eastern Conference.
You want to know why? Because IT’S A STRETCH! It’s a long season full of ups and downs, twists and turns, blah blah blah…
Granted, the Bulls do have a great young squad. With another talented vet added to the team, and the right coaching, this team can make some real noise in the next few years. But this year is not the one.
What they should be doing is cleaning house. Trading away Mirotic, who has really come on as of late, getting some draft picks, and TANKING for a higher seed in the draft. They need to be all-in on this “rebuilding” phase, and not fall back into their old ways of; “Well, let’s see where this goes.”
But alas, that’s not how things work in this organization. Honestly, here is how I see the rest of the season going down;
- The Bulls will finish somewhere around 7-10 in the East. (First round knockouts if they make the playoffs).
- They’ll have a pick smack-dab in the middle of the draft, where they’ll get an average role-player.
- They’ll sign an aging name that they think will help elevate the team, but will soon just become another cog in the machine of mediocrity known as the Chicago Bulls.
Now don’t get me wrong, I would LOVE to see the Bulls return to the land of prosperity. I would LOVE to see them return to the days of the 90’s; being title contenders, and a force to be reckoned with night in and night out.
But the sad truth of the matter is, they’re rebuilding. And they’re rebuilding with “Beavis and Butthead” at the helm (Forman and Paxson.) Because of that, they need to grow from within, develop young talent, and hope for the best. Because no star IN THEIR RIGHT MIND would come to this team unless they are FOR SURE they can win a title.