Bulls just showed all the reasons to fire Gar Forman, John Paxson and Fred Footwipe
You could focus on the fact the Bulls managed a stinkin’ 14 points in the fourth quarter for the second straight game in a joke of a 98-91 loss to the Magic on Wednesday, but then you’d miss something:
That’s three straight games in which the Bulls have been younger and more athletic in the first half and then turned younger and more pathetic in the second.
I’m sure the Bulls will try to market a "First-Half Lead, Second-Half Choke Night" because the basketball franchise markets better than it plays basketball.
To think, the Bulls refused to trade Jimmy Butler at the deadline and go into a full rebuild because general manager Gar Forman said they don’t want their young players to wallow in a losing environment. Um, yeah, about that …
There’s nothing wrong with going younger and more athletic, except, apparently, when Forman and John Paxson organize it.
But after watching the horrible, terrible, ugly, insulting, ridiculous, stupid basketball foisted on us by the Bulls and Magic, Stevie Sunshine has concluded it’s considerate of the Bulls to offer fans such distinct choices:
You can watch just the first halves if you believe the hogwash that they can get younger and still contend or you can watch just the second half if you want GarPax fired.
Photos from the game on March 8, 2017, in Orlando, Fla.
But wait. There’s more. If you want coach Fred Footwipe fired, then just note that the Bulls were outscored 27-5 on the fast break. It doesn’t take superstar talent to get back on defense, to hustle, to try. It just takes a coach to demand it and players to respond. Twenty-seven to five.
The Bulls had the Magic in the penalty with about four minutes to go, but were shooting 3s instead of driving and trying to get to the line. There’s your Bulls 3-pointer: Bad coaching, bad playing, bad floor IQ.
Late in the game, the Magic were in-bounding the ball from the baseline with 0.7 seconds left on the shot clock, and even with Fred Footwipe saying they knew the play the Magic would run, none of the four Bulls players in the paint could outjump or defend Aaron Gordon’s scoring off a lob pass. Again, bad coaching, bad playing and bad floor IQ.
The Bulls have a winning record against top seeds in each conference, but just stink against teams they ought to beat. They get up for good teams that can’t get up for a sorry Bulls team, but the mentally weak and unprepared Bulls can’t get up for sorry opponents. For the last time, bad coaching, bad playing and bad floor IQ is no way to go through the NBA.
Photos of the 19th coach in franchise history (and former Bulls player).
And so of course, when the Bulls did drive, Jerian Grant missed a layup with about 10 seconds to go in a game the Bulls trailed by five.
Reminder: NFL free agency officially begins at 3 p.m. CT on Thursday. This is when the Bears sell hope. Or Mike Glennon.
I suppose these are the last hours to ask which comes to Chicago from Massachusetts first: Jimmy Garoppolo or the Nets’ No. 1 pick?
Which means we’re back to wondering who gets traded first: Butler or Jose Quintana.
Illinois men’s basketball coach John Groce didn’t want to speculate on his job security. No biggie. There are enough people doing it for him.
Wait a minute, I believe Butler just missed another fourth-quarter shot.