What the what?
So much for having the support of one of my all-time favorite basketball players. According to this ESPN article, Webber thinks the Bulls offense itself and not it's lack of offensive talent is the problem:
"That's just not the place to go. When D-Rose was healthy, they had terrible offense. [Coach Tom] Thibodeau is a great, great coach, but offensively you have to have an offensive-minded coach as well, someone who can adapt like a [Spurs coach Gregg] Popovich, who uses talent and not just harps on them that we're going to play hard every night. Everybody can play hard every night, but can you play with the IQ, can you play with smarts every night?"
I suppose it depends on your point of view, and it also depends on how well you look at the numbers. The Bulls finished 12th in Offensive Efficiency in Thibodeau's first year. This was the year that saw Boozer and Noah lose significant time due to injury, Rose playing in only his 3rd NBA season (and winning the MVP) and Keith Bogans manning the 2 guard spot. I'd say that's pretty good. The following season the Bulls continued to deal with injuries, a strike-shortened season and was ultimately the last season we saw Rose even remotely healthy. Curiously they were the #5 offense in the league.
Personnel matters, Chris. I'm more inclined to believe that a team with continuity and health can thrive offensively and that's something the Bulls just haven't seen in the Thibs era. I think that, if Rose is healthy (enough) and Anthony joins the team to complement Noah (and possibly Mirotic), Melo won't have to worry about his offensive load so much. Admittedly, those are big ifs.