As a Chicagoan before the season things kind of looked optimistic for the Bulls. In theory we had a nice starting lineup with the young core we put together in Dunn, Lavine, Parker, Markkanen, and Carter Jr. Lauri is a sniper, Jabari averaged 20 points a game when healthy, Kris Dunn is a two-way stud on the come up, Lavine is explosive and has a nice shot, and Wendell Carter is the do everything big man that can be easily plugged in. One could hope that the Bulls would look good this year, but Lauri Markkanen got hurt before the season and the wheels started to fall off. The Bulls started the season with no Lauri, and then Kris Dunn gets hurt. Lavine was a bright spot at the start of the season when he dropped high numbers and highlight dunks.
However, the Bulls took loss after loss and they’re still coming. Fans from Chicago on social media even started a tank for Zion campaign. Even the official Bulls NBC Twitter page tweeted a Zion gif. As the Bulls continued to lose eventually Fred Hoiberg was fired by the infamous GarPax management. Then comes Jim Boylen as the interim head coach for the rest of the year. Word got out that Boylen made the team have long practices on back to back games. So, the players started a chat questioning if they were even coming to practice, that ridiculous. The NBA season is long and to unnecessarily wear out his team legs is what leads to injury. Especially when you have a young core that is fragile like the Bulls, there’s no excuse.
To be a Bulls fan in this day and age is so wishy washy because everything with the organization is not right. Fans have longed for the team to get rid of GarPax who’s done nothing but sign stars who are past their prime, hire inefficient coaches, not take risk and spend money on getting help, and get their players hurt. Something serious needs to happen in Chicago to shift the culture because it’s not right. As the third largest market in the NBA, and one of the most decorated franchises in the NBA, why don’t we hear Chicago in free agent talks. For years and years when ever free agency rolls around, you hear rumblings of a superstar talent considering playing for the New York Knicks or L.A. Lakers. You never hear this star is eyeing Chicago, who’s consistently have had more talent on its team than New York in this decade alone.
The Bulls potentially have a young core that can grow into a serious contender one day. Especially since it’s looking like they’re going to tank this year for Zion or another one of the top talents of next year’s draft. This is all hypothetical but imagine a lineup of Kris Dunn, Lavine, Zion, Lauri Markkanen, and Wendell Carter Jr. That’s a team that could easily compete for a championship in the years to come. The Bulls need to fire GarPax and bring in a coach that will shift the culture in Chicago. I’ve always believed that Mark Jackson should still be an NBA coach to this day, and I think he’d be a great fit in Chicago. Chicago should look to bring in somebody of that status, we’re getting further and further away from the Jordan years something’s got to give.