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Nov 9, 2023Liked by your friendly BullsBlogger

You know, people knock Zach's defense but in overtime he completely shut down his own drives to the hoop.

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Yfbb, my guy, I love your work, I do, but Pat at the 5? Coby White has a better defensive rebounding percentage than Pat. Pat is LaVine-like in how he doesn't like contact. Putting Pat at the 5 ain't gonna help him.

As far as Vooch goes, you can look at the starting center's weight to determine how effective he'll be. Nurkic is beefy and Vooch has problems with beef. That's ok, every guy has a weakness. The problem is that Vooch shines (relatively) in mismatches. Unfortunately, the coach can't find an offense that forces mismatches that Vooch has an advantage. And, in those rare occasions when he does get a mismatch, the guard either don't see it or can't get him the ball. A Vooch postup on Nurkic = bad. A Vooch postup against a 190lbs guard = better.

Donovan shoulda been fired last year. He wasn't. Billy has no pressure because Reinsdorf teams have no pressure. The only sin is embarrassment. Pax got canned because of the fire GarPax chants around the all-star game. Kenny Williams got canned because the players kept embarrassing the Sox on and off the field. Billy is a professional. Too professional to be an embarrassment. Unless Donovan quits he'll be here til the last year of his deal.

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It's almost like giving an already player-overly-supportive coach an early contract extension takes the urgency out of coaching to win. Huh.

Putting the right people in the starting lineup has two bonus effects -- stops less-than but still useful players from taking usage/shots away from better teammates, and slots them into more appropriate bench roles where they might even be better than their opponent bench counterparts.

Finally, Billy has oddly never managed his roster to win. This is far from the first season he's placed not-ready young players into key roles for development purposes, going back to asking WCJ to start one season by shooting three pointers and being the free-throw line offensive hub through the never-ending help PW get aggressive saga. He also turned to DDR for hero-ball when everyone was hurt in the second-half of one year and forgot to turn him off when everyone returned the next.

Sigh.

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I’m going to go out on a limb and say that from a big picture perspective, it’s not a good thing that Caruso is our best player.

He’s a win-now role player on a team that is incapable of winning now. And when you think about it that way, it would border on insanity if this front office doesn’t trade him for something like a first round pick and a young player.

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Long-term boned is the worst kind of boned.

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Caruso not starting is a joke at this point. He's been the best player on the team. Also he's important for their ability to play uptempo because he forces turnovers, missed shots and pushes the ball. He needs to start. I'd start him with Coby or Carter. The mid 3 have always played better with 2 guards on the floor. Craig's numbers with the starters have been terrible (bc Derozan and Vuc are camped in the lane and they don't cut or move). There is a reason the 2nd best coach in NBA history was playing Derozan at the 4 ...

Very much agree with the need to play thru Derozan and space the floor to end games. Vuc is such a low percentage scorer in the interior, those late game post up seem even less efficient. Much better to have him space than clogging the lane. If he spaced maybe someone else could drive the lane. He's also pretty good at the 3 in late game situations.

Games like this highlight Akme roster failures. They lack a point guard so the ball is in Zack's hands too much, particularly down the stretch. They lack a power forward so they can't take Vuc off the floor to close games. Akme even removed the small ball center - now they can't go small (I don't trust Williams at the 4 or 5, he plays like he's more comfortable on the perimeter). The Bulls play with zero physicality down low and teams can basically beat them up on the offensive boards when they commit to rebounding.

My rotation

Carter / Coby

Caruso / Ayo (but mostly Coby)

Lavine / P Will

Derozan / Craig

Vuc / Drummond

It's small but it's not like Craig or PWill rebound. Caruso and White rebound better than both. Let Coby get back to scoring off the bench instead of constantly being forced to pass to Vuc. He should be trying to getn25 a night. Let Derozan dominate the ball more with the starters. You know Donovan - play to your guys strengths. Actually coach the team and understand what worked in the past instead of doing the exact same thing where we search for a power forward, realize we should start Caruso, watch him get hurt, than bring him off the bench as if that will stop him from playing like he's teen wolf and getting hurt again. With Derozan slipping, Caruso is the best player and identity of the team. Announce him last in the lineups. Hinrich 2.0. Embrace the weird.

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"But I just wrote an article about Zach so I won't hammer him more".

Proceeds to hammer Vuc for the millionth time over the last 6 months. Beginning to think the Zach article was only written because you feel you have to mix in a non -Vuc article every once in a while

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That was a really bad performance by the Suns, 22 turnovers mostly unforced, and a pretty good performance for the Bulls at home, and they found a way to lose. Playing the Suns without their best player, with their third best player not integrated well yet, and somehow can't take advantage of all those factors, getting cooked by the likes of Grayson Allen having another career day.

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Nov 10, 2023Liked by your friendly BullsBlogger

Ok, yfbb, time to hit the showers. Come back in the game when you remember how to enjoy, like, anything. Caruso is the last part of this squad that's at all fun. He's the best help defender on the team, and the best help defending guard I've seen since Jason Kidd. You'll watch these half court possessions where you suddenly realize that Alex, who is fuckin 6'4'', has single-handedly shut down half the court. The opponent will try like three different ideas sequentially and Alex just stymies all of them by himself. It's awesome. It's hilarious. You know I'm fucking with you, but for real, how on earth are you watching these games lol?

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Nov 10, 2023Liked by your friendly BullsBlogger

Gotta trade Caruso this season, he's the perfect acquisition for a team midseason to push them over the top in championship contention. Only question is in what order, as the rest of the Bulls will assuredly look worse and hence worse trade value after he's gone.

Man, these storylines all feel 2 years old

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Seems pretty clear to me that this team is lottery bound. They're 3-6 and why would we expect improvement from here? There is zero improvement for this organization to point to anywhere over the last 2 years post-Lonzo, just one continuous decline that they seem unable to recognize let alone reverse. Coby is a better all around player than he was a couple years ago. That's it, that is literally all they have to show for their precious continuity and having a 'players' coach.'

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Nov 10, 2023Liked by your friendly BullsBlogger

Haha you're still getting on me for tweeting my best stuff!

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This team is exactly what they have been for the last ~2 years. So glad we brought it all back.

This season is deck chairs on the Titanic. Complete waste of time. There is so little to enjoy. Blow it up already.

Oh look, Zach dribbled off his foot again.

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Caruso needs to be an actual contender like yesterday....dude is getting absolutely wasted on this shit squad and i have no clue why he isn't starting. Like he can't injured off the bench either...Billy is an idiot

Please trade him...he could get a 1 FRP and maybe a middling prospect from a good number of teams. DeMar needs to be traded too, not sure he's gonna fetch much but if you can somehow finagle a late 1st or even a prospect that has some promise, do it.

Zach should be traded too but i honestly don't think there's much of a market for him anymore.

I honestly don't know where the light is in this shit tunnel

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Nov 10, 2023·edited Nov 10, 2023

There's a corporate expression called "fail fast" that extols the benefit of focusing intently on an idea/product in its early stages to test its viability. The quick insights gained (and months/years of time and capital saved) though applying this concept are often what distinguish innovative organizations from stagnant ones.

Clearly over the past few seasons the AKME Bulls have been focused on failing as excruciatingly slowly as possible. But perhaps these first 2 weeks are a blessing in that it's quickly becoming clear this 2023-24 team is headed nowhere. As yfbb noted above, "the ultimate best result for this season is for management to realize that and start trading."

Well, I'd rather management realize that now than after a promising start that plunges downhill in Feb/March when it's too late to blow things up.

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Donovan was asked about not playing Jevon Carter more...he keeps answering like player rotations are not something that HE HAS CONTROL OF

https://twitter.com/lookwhatdrewdid/status/1723068420311126437

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