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The 2018-19 Bulls Have at Least Been Eventful


The Bulls’ 2018-19 season hasn’t been good, but it hasn’t been uneventful either. A barrage of injuries, coaches being fired, mutinies planned, historic blowouts, foul trouble, and not to mention whatever is going on with Jabari Parker all have made for eventful following, even with the bad, bad losses. So much has gone down, that the actual roster moves have seemed minor in importance.

The Bulls waived Marshon Brooks and Michael Carter-Williams — both acquired in recent trades — while also adding Wayne Selden in the trade with Memphis for Justin Holiday.

Holiday’s departure left a starting small forward hole that Chandler Hutchison was quickly thrown into. Though it was his 4th start, it seemed like the first seeing as he was next to the four players deemed cornerstones of this franchise.

Core 3 Building Chemistry

In that game against Indiana, the three players who started the rebuild — Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, and Kris Dunn — all had terrific nights in one of the most fun games of the entire season. It ended in a 119-116 overtime loss courtesy of a Victor Oladipo bank shot with 0.3 remaining. Though it was in a loss and there’s no such thing as a good loss (this was as close as it gets), going shot for shot with one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference must have felt good.

Ugly Losses, Uglier Losses, but Good Wins

Prior to the loss to the Pacers, the Bulls lost big time to the Orlando Magic– 112-84. Following the loss to the Pacers, they had another bad loss to the Brooklyn Nets, 117-100, and an inevitable loss to Portland Wednesday night. This kicked off a five-game road trip that continues in Golden State, Utah, Los Angeles (Lakers) and Denver.

It’s been that way a lot for the Bulls this season– ugly losses, uglier losses, and good wins that are too few and far between. The chemistry between the core 3 is still up and down, and though team defense has improved in coach Jim Boylen’s tenure, the Bulls are lacking when it comes to consistent offense from players not named LaVine and Markkanen.

Murky Jabari Situation Persists

The looming situation with Jabari Parker doesn’t help the rollercoaster of a ride either, seeing as he should be the 2nd or 3rd leading scorer on the team. And though he technically is, Jabari has sat out 10  of the last 11 games, and the one he did play in was for just 14 minutes. While Parker hadn’t played the best of ball this season, and it’s clear that he won’t be with this team next season, not playing him at all shows that there is a deeper problem at hand between he, Boylen, and the front office. Chicago natives and GarPax haven’t had the best of relationships in recent years, and this is playing out no better than that of Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose.

Hope for the Future

While the Bulls face their troubles of this season, insiders and fans alike are wishing the stars align so that the Bulls luck into Zion Williamson or RJ Barrett. If trends keep spiraling downward for the Bulls, whoever they draft next season will come into an unhealthy environment, which won’t help anyone. The few shining portions of the season are quickly dulling and something needs to be done with this team soon.

The Bulls need to get their stuff together, fast.




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