After a week of 'just end this madness already', the Bulls are mercifully now out of the playoffs. With games left to go on Monday and Wednesday, the players and coaches should have more to say about this disaster of a season. Maybe then following the season we'll actually hear from the architects of this dilapidated structure.
The decline in public accountability from the top can't be overlooked either. That dynamic can filter down through a franchise.
It's why the planned postmortem with Bulls brass meeting with reporters, something not done in recent seasons other than to explain Tom Thibodeau's dismissal, will be welcomed.
I highly recommend checking out the full piece, an early post-mortem on the Bulls that covers a lot:
- Forman and Paxson are likely staying, though interestingly Gar is singled out for 'credit' in both the Hoiberg hire and not dealing Gasol at the deadline.
- There's also a lot of consternation about Forman's trade of Hinrich, and how that further affected an already-fractured locker room.
- Gasol is likely gone, Noah is a maybe
- Randy Brown will probably be kicked back upstairs, and putting a Forman spy like him on Hoiberg's inaugural bench wasn't a great idea.
- The Jimmy Butler leadership campaign was as bad as it seemed.
It wasn't Hoiberg's fault he was undercut well before his arrival, by management telling the locker room "Aw, don't worry what the coach wants" all of last season.