Despite a win on Saturday night against the Bucks, the Chicago Bulls remain on shaky ground when it comes to how well they will play this season. The reason for the uneasiness is the depth of the lineup, a new problem for the Bulls who have usually been examples in putting together solid all-around teams.
But this season the second unit is getting blasted hard, and rightfully so. It’s the clear weakness on a team that has made a name for itself with strong bench play over the last two years. My grandfather called me today and asked me what was wrong with the Bulls, my answer was simple: they miss Derrick Rose and they have an owner who loves his other child (the White Sox) more than he loves his first son (the Bulls).
Woody Johnson, the owner of the New York Jets, said publicly this year that winning the election for Mitt Romney was more important that running the Jets in 2012. Well Romney lost the election and the Keystone Cop Jets are making bad teams look like Super Bowl gods. The point is, when an owner clearly has lost interest in a team the product thusly suffers.
Jerry Reinsdorf has lost interest in the a Bulls team without Derrick Rose, and his offseason spending plan was evidence of this. This isn’t to say he’s going to sell the Bulls or that he’ll never regain interest, but he’s a business man and while his goofy footed practice this offseason put the Bulls here, he clearly thought they’d be here anyways and didn’t spend the money needed to keep the team afloat.
To the contrary, he’s not loading up the White Sox with a dream team of player either. But this isn’t the first time Bulls fans have been caught collectively rolling their eyes at Reinsdorf. Let’s not forget, the man was booed by a crowd of thousands during the Bulls 1997 victory party in Grant Park.
So this isn’t a new development, rather an evolved situation.
The Bulls might pull it together, lose a string of games and then chase a 41-41 season but this team is better than that — well maybe this team isn’t. Dr. Frankenstein did a better job of constructing a monster out of dead limbs from corpses than the Bulls front office did replacing the Bench Mob. Gar Forman and John Paxson are taking heat for the situation, but they’re collateral damage.
Reinsdorf is their boss, they can’t usurp him and do whatever the hell they want with his money. Now, they are getting heat rightfully so for blindly following Reinsdorf’s every word and not challenging him (for all we know at least), and for Gar’s now infamous “basketball decisions” snafu.
Things will turn around in Chicago, but we’re back to that early to mis 2000s feeling of being in limbo. We know things will get better, but how long will they have to get worse before we can see the light, or Reinsdorf’s checkbook, again.