The Bulls’ season has been underway for a little over a month now and the game has already taken a serious toll on our emotions. As fans we’re exhausted, remedy so I can’t even imagine what the players must be going through. If you’ve missed Coach Thibodeau’s recent emotional sideline displays, find the Bulls are in a full fledged identity crisis after losing Derrick Rose for the season and sitting 2nd in the Central Division at 7-9.
It’s tough times Bulls fans. November started with the highest hopes, Rose was finally finding his rhythm after a year off the floor and the team was starting to gel again. Then BAM, in the blink of an eye everything plummeted into a devastating black hole. This is the kind of season where you either pride yourself on being a die-hard Bulls fan and stick it out, or perhaps just pack it up until next season.
Other than the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat the Bulls are competing in a weak Eastern Conference. It’s a blessing and a burden. The Bulls won’t be terrible enough in the conference to “tank” the season and get a top draft pick, but they don’t have enough without Rose to
The Bad: Well gosh, where do I even begin.
It was just a normal game during the yearly Circus Trip where the biggest challenge was Jimmy Butler sitting out with a case of turf toe. Then suddenly Derrick Rose’s right knee buckled in the third quarter and he limped off the TrailBlazer’s court. Next thing we know he needs season ending surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus. And in an instant all the Bulls’ hopes and dreams of an NBA Championship were immediately stripped away.
Losing your franchise player to a knee injury for the second time in less than two years is a bit traumatizing. It’s one thing to go into the season knowing you’ll be without your star player, however losing DRose 11 games into the season after believing he was 100% healthy is near impossible to bounce back from. DRose seems to be on a year-to-year status with the Bulls.
Overall: It’s going to take the Bulls a hot second to shake off the loss of their superstar point guard, regain their composure and buckle up to do what they do best – get back to playing defense. It’s always been about heart hustle and muscle in Chicago.
When in doubt, believe in Luol Deng to show up. Deng is averaging the most minutes per game and leading the Chicago Bulls in scoring. In the month of November Deng averaged 19.1 points a game for the offensive-struggle-bus Bulls. He was picked in the NBA’s “Who’s Hot and Who’s Not” as one of the top three players alongside Lebron James and Paul George (Pacers). Hopefully his time as a Bull hasn’t come to an end as trade rumors have begun to swirl.
What to Watch in December:
Thursday December 5th, Heat at Bulls: The Bulls host the defending champion Miami Heat. Will our battered Bulls be able to shut out the reigning NBA champs? Or will their egos take yet another beating? Tune in at 8:30 PM on TNT to check it out.
Wednesday December 18th, Bulls at Rockets: FEAR THE BEARD! Chicago heads to Houston to face James Harden, Dwight Howard and the fearless Houston Rockets.
Thursday December 19th, Bulls at Thunder: The Bulls face Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook’s Oklahoma City Thunder. Tip off is at 7:00 PM on TNT
Wednesday December 25th, Bulls at Brooklyn Nets: Jingle all the way with the NBA as the Bulls head to Brooklyn to take on the newly revamped Nets roster. After opening your Christmas presents tune into ESPN at 11 AM.