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Nov 27, 2023Liked by your friendly BullsBlogger

I know it's easy to pick on KC, but today's article may be a new low. Like he might as well have left Jerry's signature at the bottom. We all know that article came straight from the top!

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Agree with everything here, but out of curiosity what makes Drummond an “unserious player”? Obviously he has his flaws, but it at least looks like he’s trying out there. He’s not the answer, but I’m always happy to see him on the court rather than Vuc.

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Sadly, the Bulls are just an unserious team. There’s no accountability, no real goals, no meaningful player development, and nothing to show for AKMEs tenure other than having been in first for a while before Lonzo’s knee exploded.

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I think the Bulls go 1-5 in their next six. I wouldn't be surprised if they lost them all. But I could see a scenario where they're looking at 6-18 on December 15th, around the time more players become eligible for trade. Saying nothing of the teams the Bulls will be looking up at in the standings (pretty much all of them), they'll be sitting in the basement of the conference with Washington and Detroit.

As of today, Detroit is on a 13 game losing streak, but they have a couple of guys in Thompson and Duren who look to have legitimate futures. Washington is a clown car.

The only moralizing that can be done at this point is: we're not Washington. That's all there is to it at this point: pointing and shrugging at the Washington Wizards.

If that's not rock bottom, then I guess AKME is content to knock the bottom out of hell.

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It's remarkable how collectively apathetic anyone associated with this organization is. Fans, players, decision makers. It's so deeply stale.

For a sports franchise that had arguably the greatest decade long run in modern sports, this has to be rock bottom. Not being competitively bad. Instead, deeply apathetic.

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What's to say? It's obvious none of the players wanna be here. It's more obvious they've tuned the coach out. And the coach has seldom held a veteran accountable. The one time he did, Zach whined and it never happened again. Complaining about personnel and their usage is meaningless when nothing is gonna change. It's entirely possible that Zach plays the entire year in Chicago because the in season offers are so bad. Hard to get excited about a teardown when AKME has lost every negotiation he's been involved in.

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Addressing more new curious narratives around the Bulls... The question isn't whether Zach is worth $13M more than Herro, the question is if Miami thinks Zach can close the gap enough to be a threat to BOS/ MIL in the playoffs (in a Ray Allen role, as I always prefer to envision Zach's optimal ceiling).

1) Tyler Herro seems pretty overrated to me; he actually makes Zach look accurately rated by comparison. Zach scores at 4 levels; from deep, midrange, at the rim, and gets to the line. Herro scores at the rim and gets to the free throw line much less than Zach. He's also fairly inefficient I believe for players that shoot a high volume, significantly worse than Zach. Probably a wash on other facets of their games, but no mistake Herro is a poor man's version of Zach.

2) Sure, Herro is about 24 but I don't see a whole lot more untapped potential in his game. Too early to call him injury-prone but he's likely going to avoid contact more in a self-preservation effort going forward which speaks to point #1 not improving at interior scoring or getting to the line more. So the whole Youth argument is a bit misleading as well.

3) Jimmy Butler is 34, and that championship window won't be open much longer. You have to shoot your shot eventually if you're Miami, and you have assets to deal. They run the risk of waiting to long to deal for another piece for a run

That all said, he is about $13M/ yr cheaper than Zach, and won't likely expect it to be "his team" causing all the unnecessary drama that Zach does, and controlled through 2027, so I'd be fine with him as a return. I think Miami is just posturing leaking reports they're not interested

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I obviously don't have a lot of respect for "Bulls historian" KC Johnson as our primary local media guy, but whether the Bulls were looking to swap out Donovan or not, the Bulls are going to leak this to KC regardless. So I don't see this as really news-worthy or indicative of them keeping or relieving Donovan of his duties at the end of the season.

And as an aside, Jerry is loyal to his buddies to a fault. He's going to try to do right by Billy or any coach that toes the company line, until the last possible moment; Always. It's the Tom Thibodeau's of the world that Jerry cannot abide by; re: the free thinkers. He kept Fred Hoiberg longer than he was supposed to. He hired a gradeschool PE coach after that just because he said all the right things to the media and almost had AK re-hire him again. And he hired freaking Tony LaRussa to take advantage of the White Sox slim championship window a couple years ago..... Tony LaRussa! That tells you everything you need to know about Jerry's mindset and business philosophy. Buddy Loyalty > Winning

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Nov 27, 2023Liked by your friendly BullsBlogger

The Dosunmu timeout was pretty funny. I watched the replay and with a bit of squinting you could see Jim Boylen yelling at Coby White while Zach wanders around on defense like a kid lost in a supermarket.

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The part that sucks is that there is a way to cobble together a functional offense. Unfortunately, Billy couldn't sell ice in Hell. No way he could get these guys to change what they're doing on the fly.

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Another thing I wonder about is Zach's marketability regarding being a Klutch guy... This should hold some value, no? Such as, since Zach is a Klutch guy, then if you trade for him he may not be your alpha but you might be sold on the fact he could later attract a Klutch alpha to your team later on. So you get Zach as bait essentially and can live with the fact that he's maybe not very valuable as a max slot guy in and of himself. These agencies like Klutch, they're basically rival unions within a union, so I would think this is a perk of Zach joining with them which a future team could use to possibly exploit the Klutch ties

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Nov 27, 2023Liked by your friendly BullsBlogger

Jerry's 87 and his dad only lived to 78. That's all I got.

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Nov 28, 2023Liked by your friendly BullsBlogger

Vooch is Pau Gasol 2.0. Pau was over the hill when he came to the Bulls and was the most lead-footed defender I had ever seen, but he had no trouble trashing his teammates whenever the team lost. Pau, unlike Vooch, was a genuine all-star in his prime, but that did nothing for the Bulls.

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Nov 28, 2023·edited Nov 28, 2023Liked by your friendly BullsBlogger

Karnisovas Speaks!

https://www.nbcsportschicago.com/nba/chicago-bulls/bulls-news/exec-vp-arturas-karnisovas-disappointed-in-bulls-start-feels-responsibility-to-fix-issues/521728/

Actually Art Karni says about 20 words and KC writes about 1000 words of karnisplaining:

> "While it’s too early to know if a LaVine trade can be made or whether that’s the only major move, it’s important to remember that Karnišovas inherited a rebuilding situation and pushed his chips into win-now mode first with the Vučević trade. So undertaking a full rebuild may be too painful a path to choose."

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Nov 28, 2023Liked by your friendly BullsBlogger

If you were making some true wholesale changes, here's what the stats say:

I looked at EPM. It's a solid stat, though might not be the best with so little sample size, but it's as good as anything for a generalized comparison.

- Caruso +1.4

- LaVine +0.7

- DDR -0.4

- Vuc -0.7

- Coby -1.2

- PAW -1.8

- Drummond -1.8

- Carter -2.6

- Ayo -2.8

- Craig -3.1

The biggest issue for the Bulls is their general terribleness. They are bad offensively and defensively. However, I am basically at the point where I don't see any way their offense can work, so let's just put a good defense out there, hope for more transition and semi-transition opportunities. Plus, good defensive players are less useful off the bench. You need your good defenders playing overlapping minutes to good offense on the other side to negate their effect. Having Caruso in against the Bucks bench and guarding Cam Payne is less useful than having him guard Dame. Here's the Bulls best defensive lineup (also referencing EPM and other advanced stats)

PG - Carter

SG - Caruso

SF - PAW

PF - Craig

C - Vuc

Notice a problem? Our "stars" don't play D, and Vuc is sketchy on that end. My best idea for what to do?

Start Caruso, PAW, LaVine, DDR, Vuc. None of our point guards are good anyway. We'd be pretty 1-3 and solid enough defensively. I'd look to trade LaVine or DDR ASAP.

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Props to AK for actually making a public appearance before the trade deadline. With that being said, what absolute bullshit. You're disappointed in what exactly? The fact that you've brought back the same team for three straight years despite clear evidence your mid-3 don't actually play well together? I mean, you had to have known the team would eventually get sick of this same shit and start to quit on you, right?

And you say this is your responsibility. What exactly does that mean? You give no indication of what direction you might be heading. All we know is Zach will likely get traded because he embarrassed you by publicly asking out. We also know a rebuild is highly unlikely because KC let the cat out of the bag that you're too proud to admit that cutting the previous rebuild short in a feeble attempt at building a contender spectacularly failed.

If I had to guess, my expectation is that Zach gets moved sometime this year and that's probably the extent of moves AK makes. It'll likely be to the Lakers too since they seem to be the only team seriously interested in him. Most of the other rumored teams have either expressed disinterest or are East teams and I'm sure AK doesn't want to give Zach to the direct competition.

He'll probably get fleeced on the Zach trade too. It'll probably be some combination of DLo, random salary filler and the Lakers 2029 first round pick. But he'll sell it as the Bulls finally getting a point guard and future star (that is currently only 12 years old)!

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