the fake rally close-ish loss to The Bucks is AK's team executing his vision
The beatings will continue until morale improves.
Your catch about DDR certain looks right. The Bulls are currently in a 5 in 7 stretch too, iirc. All the more reason the Bulls should leverage DDR as a playmaker. Vooch with bench lineups worked a bit better than DDR with bench lineups. Ayo and Carter need more minutes together.
AK probably keeps his own record somewhere on his computer. Instead of just having two columns - wins and losses - his has a third column for competitive outs. He probably defines those as any loss by less than 20 points or a game in which the Bulls played at least half of the game within 15 points. So in his reality, this team only lost like 15-20 games last year. Not too bad.
This is why I was hoping they lost that ridiculous game against Toronto. Every loss further exposes this team for who they are and makes AKME seem more ridiculous for peddling their "consistency" BS
God bless you for watching this tire fire to keep us informed. I admit I was overly harsh when I predicted (to myself) a loss by 12 or more. So I was pleasantly suprised by the "tough out" and only losing by 9. Woot.
This game was over before tip-off. Giannis politely brushed off all Bulls runs for the unserious threats they were like everyone knew he would. I'm more concerned that the individual value of most of these players is at all all-time low. Never mind that the cumulative value of parts here is a falling knife. The Bulls are so far away from being a contender, they're arguing with the calculus of actual contention.
14-9 is the only twenty-plus game sample size they're choosing to acknowledge, as if narrative structure is the only true path toward championship basketball.
Windhorst put it nicely: "The Chicago Bulls are in a rebuild and they don't even know it."
So, once the executive team wakes up to the ruins beneath their feet, something they should've done last summer, they're looking at hyper-diminishing returns.
How many teams are giving up a young player + multiple picks for LaVine? DDR wants another contract, and how many teams are lining up to trade valuable assets for the right to give it to him? Vucevic on a newly signed negative value extension is a mistake AKME refuses to acknowledge because continuity.
So, how many first-round picks do these guys fetch? I've got Caruso down for two first picks (e.g. Marcus Smart value). Past that, I'm firmly in the HODL Pat Williams camp and, I guess what I'm getting at is, there may be now tear down coming, because the thing is already in ruins.
It's hold and pray time.
Watching Zach "turn it on" in the last 3 minutes was gross. If I were a baseball writer I'd start sobbing over "disrespecting the game" or some nonsense, in reality this is just the most Zach-like moment at the most Zach-like time: chucking ruthlessly to get his numbers in the closing moments of a loss.
Zach will be 29 years old this season btw. No longer "learning" and "growing," this is who he is. You're not going to change it.
But how are we doing in the tournament?
now Zach is continuing to cosplay as a star by using Shams to ask out, sorry, "open to a trade"
we know the Bulls have been open to a trade for months
The only bright spot last night was DeRozan's WILD 180 degree no look pass for a Coby corner three. Don't think I've seen a Bulls player make a play like that since DRose. A legitimately fun highlight of an otherwise unremarkable game.
With Shams breaking the news that LaVine and the Bulls are more willing to deal, I can't find a team that makes sense. OKC would honestly be the best fit for him but they're not trading for LaVine. The Knicks? Miami? I can't see Zach coexisting with Jimmy. Ship might have sailed with Philly. Maybe I'm missing something.
Actually I checked with ESPN Stats and Info, and it turns out wrapping up a Giannis drive and stuffing a Lillard step-back three (two of the better offensive plays in the league) is really cool. So you should add a correction note to the recap, FYI.
It's funny that local media is running with 'Zach is a professional and won't make drama of this' when he's using his agency blowtorch to ask out and quiet quitting on the floor
The best I could find (for a Zach trade) would be something like that:
TOR Zach Lavine
PHI OG Anunoby
CHI Gary Trent Junior, Marcus Morris Sr, other salary filler and draft compensation (from Philly)
Or an alternative?
PHI: Anunoby, Caruso
CHI: Melton, Springer, Morris, Gary Trent
Man, it's gonna suck so bad when the Lavine trade turns out to be for Jerian Grant and Robin Lopez.
Orlando is a dumb team (tho we are dumber). They have vets Isaac, Harris, and Ingles that add up to Zach’s salary…we’d definitely need at least a 1st to do that, right?