Going into this season, the Chicago Bulls were projected to be one of the worst teams in the NBA. After years of mediocrity following the tragic fall of Derrick Rose and the Tom Thibodeau led Bulls, management decided it was time to reset and rebuild through the NBA Draft. The Bulls just weren’t capable of wooing the right free agents and most their young players never developed into anything too special, the exception being Jimmy Butler.
Gar Forman and John Paxson decided to blow up the team, trading Jimmy Butler, buying out Dwyane Wade, and cutting Rajon Rondo. With hardly any talent left on the Bulls, they are almost guaranteed to have high draft picks for the next few years and loads of cap space, hopefully finally cashing in on a big name free agent.
Although the Bulls aren’t expected to win many games this year, management and fans were at least expecting to see some development from the young players on our roster. We weren’t expecting an absolute dumpster fire of a team. Apparently, Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis got into a heated argument during a Bull’s practice, with Mirotic going after Portis numerous times before Portis finally struck Mirotic in the face. The blow was so powerful that Mirotic suffered numerous broken bones in his face/head area and had to be transferred to a hospital, almost requiring surgery to repair his injuries.
The result of this fight is Mirotic missing 4-6 weeks due to injury and Portis being suspended for eight regular season games. These two are turning the Chicago Bulls into an absolute mockery in the league. Fans want to see their players go out and play hard, whether or not they actually win games, but instead we are left with this nonsense. It’s hard to believe that this was once the team that Michael Jordan led to six championships in the 90’s, or the team that Derrick Rose won the MVP with and achieved the best record in the league just a few years ago.
There was hope for a decently entertaining season after the Bulls put on impressive displays of “Hoiball” in the preseason, but this sort of behavior is disgusting. Our roster is already shallow as it stands, losing two more players to injury/suspension makes the Bulls look more like a G-League roster rather than a legitimate NBA team. Portis and Mirotic’s actions are unnaceptable, and they should face more consequences from Bull’s management. The Chicago Bulls need their new team to be built from the ground up with a culture of brotherhood and dedication to the team, and instead we have teammates fist-fighting each other in practice.
It’s one thing to go to war with another team, but to have a battle within our own brotherhood of players is pathetic. Hopefully the leaders of the Chicago Bulls can find a way to pull some positivity out of this situation and turn it into a learning experience, move forward, and turn this season into a productive, entertaining one.
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