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What Should The Chicago Bulls Do ?

By Lamar Battle

It’s March in America so we know what that means,  time to evaluate the Chicago Bulls and to ask just what happened this time ?
The Bulls appear poised to pick up the pieces of yet another five year rebuilding plan gone awry.  What happened ? Record, 22-43 after 65 games and another possible trip to the NBA draft lottery.
So What Should Be Done ?

1.  The Bulls have to clean up their medical dept regarding the diagnosis and treatment for what appears to be an endless procession of injuries that have dogged the franchise for over 20 years.  Don’t get me wrong all NBA teams have injury issues however the Bulls seem to go down the same road of mis-reading injuries and mis-treating said injuries holistically.

This year Wilson Carter, Zach Lavine, Otto Porter Jr, Lauri Markanen, Kris Dunn, Daniel Gafford, Chandler Hutchinson and Luke Kornet have succumbed to injury with Otto Porter Jr initially being diagnosed with a foot sprain prior to an eventual broken bone admission to the same foot.Are the Bulls dragging out injury claims to save money and or increase their standing in the draft lottery ? Time will tell.

2.  The need for outside shooting and play-making are paramount.The team works hard on defense ( #1 in steals and #1 in deflections #1 in points off turnovers) but when it comes to outside shooting the team is ( #27 in 3 pt percentage, #23 in assist)
These numbers point to a gritty and hard working team that is sorely in need of three point shooting.

3.  Trades ?  To improve the Bulls must bring in better players through either the draft or trade and if value is your aim then they may have to give up value..The best chip at this time is guard Zach Levine who should be traded with undersized and poor shooting center Wendell Carter.

Should the team move up in the draft lottery 7’1″ center James Wiseman should be available with the 3rd or 4th pick. 6’9″ Obi Toppin should be pursued as well.  Others who may be available via trade are:Kevin Huerter,ATL 38% 3pt shooting

Rodions Kurucs,Brooklyn 38.5  3pt shooting

Dylan Windler, Clev  sharp shooting guard

 Bol Bol, 7’2″ forward center, possible steal of his draft class.

Furkan Korkmaz, Phila  39.7% 3pt shooting

Mikal Bridges, Phx  35.2%   3pt shooting

Cam Johnson, Phx  39.7%   3pt shooting

Mo Wagner Was  6’11” center  34.3% 3 pt shooting

4.  Personnel moves, the Bulls should keep guard Kris Dunn who could develop as a lock down defender alongside potential all star Coby White.  Keep Lauri Markennen who could benefit from an team offensive make-over along with Otto Porter Jr. who is underrated as a leader that just happens to shoot 40.4% from the 3pt line  (career).
Start center Daniel Gafford (a poor mans Clint Capela) who makes up in heart what he lacks in weight.

5.  Organizational moves,  the Bulls players operate as if their head coach does not have the final say in most team related matters and if that is the case it would explain the poor ball movement on offense (with congruent selfishness), prolonged injury claims and various trade demands.
Time for change is upon us.  Team Vice president of Basketball Operations John Paxson should move on to consultant while being replaced by B.J. Armstrong.
Move General Manager Gar Forman to director of scouting prior to conducting a search for his replacement
Replace head coach Jim Boylen with ex-Nets coach Kenny Atkinson before someone else snatches him up.

Going Forward:
It’s time for change with this franchise but the right moves could re-set the ship as they not as bad as they may seem and could soon be back in the Eastern Conference mix.
We would also like to offer prayers to all Americans during this time of suffering and challenge.

One Comment

  1. Jean

    April 1, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    Perhaps the Bulls should consider hiring consultant, Lamar Battle to snap them in shape?

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