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The Bulls’ Continuous “Rebuild”

maxresdefaultIt’s a shame nobody can see me as I write this piece, because I literally have my face in my hands at the thought of Gar Foreman and John Paxton trying (yet again) to rebuild the Chicago Bulls. The “dynamic duo” of Foreman and Paxton have continuously gotten Chicago into some controversial deals, as every year since the end of the 2014-2015 season, the Bulls’ front office has clearly been attempting to shake up the team in some way or fashion, but just as clearly, their efforts have failed miserably.

Let us recall the firing of our beloved coach Tom Thibodeau after the 2015 season, every Bulls fan was shocked and enraged with the outcome, especially because the Bulls had just finished a great season with 50 wins in the regular season along with a great playoff performance against the Bucks and Cavaliers. That’s not even mentioning the fact that the Bulls could have advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals and thus, possibly the NBA Finals had it not been for some questionable calls in Game 4 of the Semifinals (all true Bulls fans understand what I’m talking about, but after all, it’s for another day).

Eventually, during the 2016 offseason, the Bulls front office decided to trade our hometown hero, 2011 MVP, 2009 ROY, or most simply put, Derrick Rose. The trade was shocking and it hurt true Bulls fans, as we had watched the young man grow and prosper under Coach Thibodeau. The city of Chicago lost a true hero that day, and the kid that would one day return our franchise back to its glory days of the 90’s was gone. Although we were able to acquire Dwayne Wade and Rajon Rondo, they still were not the same as what Rose had once been.

Now, during today’s 2017 offseason, the Bulls look so much different than they did just a few weeks ago. If trading away Rose wasn’t a big enough blow to fans already, the Bulls decided to trade away our star, Jimmy Butler. Butler, along with our 16th pick in the draft this year, were traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Zach Lavine,  Kris Dunn, and their 7th pick in the draft this year. In essence, the Bulls gave Minnesota the key to the Playoffs next season in exchange for a dump on the front porch of every Bulls fans’ homes. Before you criticize my comparison, just think with me for second…

Lavine tore his ACL and had to miss the second half of last season so his chances for a  re-injury are higher now (this tale sounds pretty familiar right Bulls fans?). Dunn didn’t do too much this previous season, but I’ll admit, he has high potential to shine in a big market like Chicago. And finally our newest member, Lauri Markkanen, has yet to play in the league so we have no idea what he is capable of yet. All in all, Minnesota got a much better deal out of this than the Bulls did. I find it funny too because now that Minnesota has a big three in Towns, Wiggins, and Butler, many free agents like Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford have begun to migrate over as well. In fact, the Timberwolves are now my third favorite team due to the fact that they essentially recreated part of the 2015 Bulls team (they even have Thibodeau as their head coach).

For Chicago however, we as fans don’t have much to look forward to this upcoming season. Although the East continues to worsen as players migrate West (minus Hayward), the Bulls will have very minimal talent to lead them back to the Playoffs. The Bulls already released Rondo, so the last piece of true talent that remains from last season is our veteran leader, Dwayne Wade. The so called “rebuild” that the Bulls are currently in seems to be going nowhere and as a true fan, I am not looking forward to the next few seasons. Our only real chance is that one of these young guys comes out of nowhere and surprises the franchise with a new star in the making. I have many doubts for the Bulls, but hopefully something good can come from all of this renovation. Once again, prepare yourselves Chicago. It’s gonna be a painful and bumpy couple of seasons.

 

 

Chicago Bulls: 2016-2017 Review

2016-2017 Chicago Bulls Media DayThe most Chicago Bulls thing happened to me during this year’s playoffs. The Bulls (an 8th seed) played the Celtics (the 1st seed) and somehow won the first two games on the road. Rondo dominated Games 1 and 2 alongside an amazing Game 1 performance from Portis. Not only that, but Lopez actually became a physical big man and hoarded the offensive and defensive boards, Wade delivered the veteran experience that us Bulls fans had been waiting on for the entire year (I’m not forgetting Rondo don’t worry), and Butler locked down IT4 in the most critical periods of the game. Then Rondo fractured his thumb…. And the Bulls lost the next four straight leading to their elimination. Leave it to the Bulls to barely squeeze into the playoff picture with a 41-41 record, win two games against the best team (based on record) in the Eastern Conference and then as soon as the star of the first two games falls to the injury bug, lose four in a row. Typical.

This was still a disappointing season for the Chicago Bulls however. The Sports World had deemed Chicago worthy enough of having a “big three” this year with Rondo, Wade, and Butler headlining the lineup, but sadly, Chicago could never really back the original headlines up. 41-41? That’s cute. That record was one win shy of last year’s record, and this year, Paxson and Forman really thought that we were going to be better than the year before (although, how can you improve with Hoiberg in charge?). I can’t blame them really, because I had the same hope that they did. Wade and Rondo brought 4 rings combined to this year’s roster during the offseason. I’d be a liar if I said that I wasn’t excited or hopeful. Although the Bulls shipped Derrick Rose (my favorite player of all time) away to the Big Apple, I had hope that the two “geniuses” behind the front desk were actually doing something good for the team. In all honesty, I was pretty sad and disappointed with the results of this year, however, I have lots of hope for the future.

When I say hope, I don’t mean hope that the Bulls will return to their amazing 2011 year when Derrick Rose was the youngest MVP in NBA history, Tom Thibodeau was screaming at his players when they were up by 30 points, or when the Bulls were the biggest, most aggressive, and best defensive team in the league. No. I mean hope for an older, playoff experienced, veteran-led team with some young heart. We saw it in Games 1 and 2 that when the Bulls were healthy and when everyone knew their role, we were a force to be reckoned with. Imagine if this upcoming season that the Bulls brought that same intensity and passion to each and every game, we could win 50 games next year and be a top 4 seed in the East. If we can keep our Big Three in Rondo, Wade, and Butler alongside some of the key players from this year, the Chicago Bulls could actually make a splash in next year’s playoffs. Chicago defeated Cleveland all four games they met this year (the Cavs are 8-0 in the playoffs so far), imagine if we ran into them in the playoffs next year with a stronger, smarter, and more experienced roster. Imagine the damage we could do to a team with Lebron James guiding their way, it wouldn’t be the first time the Bulls have made life harder on the King.

The 2016-2017 Chicago Bulls disappointed all the fans of Chicago during the regular season, delivered false hope after Games 1 and 2 of the first round, and then recycled our disappointment four games later. Although the season did not end the way Bulls fans had hoped, we were still thankful and pleased to see that there is a lot of potential for the future of this organization. Wade can choose to walk away after just one year of playing for his hometown. Wade was quoted saying that “I don’t need to ring chase. But I can.” Although I could see why he would leave, I also think that Chicago showed in Games 1 and 2 of this year’s playoffs that we could help him chase that ring. I just hope that he chooses to stay, after all, we are his hometown team, it would be weird to give up on his city after only one year. The 2017-2018 year should bring some hopeful and interesting moves for the Chicago Bulls, I can’t wait to give my take on it soon enough!