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Should we care that the Bulls don’t care?


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After being at the hands of a historic drubbing, the Bulls seemed...ok with it. Here is Cody Westerlund’s report from a Bulls locker room that was “fittingly devoid of emotions”

No one appeared angry

“We thought we had a good game plan, and they came in here and killed it,” said Zach LaVine, who led the Bulls with 21 points.

LaVine added there was no need to watch the film because the mistakes were so obvious.

“It’s not demoralizing,” LaVine said. “It sucks because you’re competitors, but it’s one of the best teams ever.”

“That’s what you’re supposed to do,” LaVine said of the Warriors feeding Thompson for the record and if he was upset by that. “That’s part of the game. Records are meant to be broken. That’s what we play for. The way he was hitting it, if I was in that position, I’d have been looking for the ball too.”

Funny to think LaVine’s mind didn’t go to his own effort in getting around screens to cover Thompson, but instead right to offense and how he thinks the Bulls should give him the ball more.

It’s a similar attitude that Jabari Parker expressed when he was signed: defense is just offense’s byproduct (or something...). Parker was as...uh...reflective as LaVine, simply saying “They scored more points than us” and not really considering it to be a problem worth addressing.

Thing is, they’re probably right: this doesn’t matter in terms of spurring any changes. The roster is too banged up to make any personnel or lineup moves, the coaching - at least we didn’t hear Hoiberg talk about ‘winning the quarter’ or promising a hard practice - won’t change until we get a ‘fair assessment’, and only an cataclysmic asteroid will present any accountability from the front office. We’ll probably hear how Paxson tossed a snack table out of his red-faced competitiveness, but that’ll be the extent of that.

If they start losing to non-dynasties, and badly, then maybe that will draw attention from the people involved. But they’ve already gotten two wins, so the competitiveness level is probably deemed fine for now. This team is kinda full of guys that are insufferably entitled, and that isn’t going to change in the face of record-breaking ass-kickings, it only may after losses with fewer built-in excuses.