Last season, tank vs. tank matchups evolved to a new stratosphere of shamelessness. The Bulls did their future no favors by actively trying to lose games but winning their most critical matchups against other tanking teams. Friend of the site, Stephen Noh, reported on this error last season.
Luckily, the Suns seem to be as inept at tanking as the Bulls (add that to Charles Barkley’s list of things going wrong with Phoenix). This game presents a golden opportunity to correct the mistake made by last year’s management of starting the tank too late and winning games they should have been losing.
As it stands today, there are five teams in this year’s tankathon. Three of the four Bulls’ victories this season have come against tanking teams (CLE, ATL, NYK). Of particular concern is the Knicks sitting Tim Hardaway Jr. in a Bulls 2OT win just 11 games into the season.
The Bulls are currently tied for the dreaded fourth seed in this year’s tank race. With rule changes to lottery odds, this puts the team on the outside looking in for the coveted top three lottery positions.
Is this management team capable of correcting past mistakes, or are they doomed to repeat the formula of
Jerry Krause/Tim Floyd forever last season? This matchup should give fans their first glimpse into if we’ll be drafting next summer’s franchise star, or stuck in basketball hell for the unforeseeable future.
Game Time: 7 PM CST
TV: NBC Sports Chicago/Fox Sports Arizona
Betting Line: Bulls favored by 2 points (Please God no)