It’s well known that Mike Dunleavy took less money over the summer to play with the Chicago Bulls and Derrick Rose therefore rejecting higher offers from other teams. Dunleavy signed a 2-year $6.5 million dollar with the Bulls and still believes that the team still has a lot to offer, even though they have been famously injury stricken for the beginning of the NBA season. With Rose going down with a torn meniscus and is currently in recovery mode (he even hinted a possible playoff return), and then Jimmy Butler with a turf toe sprain, then Mike James with a sprained MCL, oh yeah and Luol Deng has a swelled Achilles… Man that’s a lot of injuries!!
Even through all the unfortunate injury setbacks, Dunleavy insists that this Bulls team will not cave in and hang their hats just yet:
You just know no matter what happens this group isn’t going to fold at any point,” Dunleavy said. “It doesn’t matter who is out there, who is injured or who is not, it’s a high character group. There are a lot of teams where there’s just as much talent and things don’t go their way and they fold. That’s what gives me confidence about this team going forward. We won’t. We’ll get it right.
(via The Chicago Tribune)
Way to go soldier!! That’s what I want to hear coming from this Bulls team! Yes, it’s been a tough season so far but why call it a loss. Giving up is the easiest thing too do, but when you put on that Bulls jersey giving up is just not an option. As the season progresses (it’s a long 82-games) their will be plenty of time for Chicago to refine their game and tighten up the loose ends:
We do a lot of things well, particularly at the defensive end. We also usually rebound well. We have to shore up our 3-point defense. We’ve been in a lot of close games that could go either way. You can make those games up over the course of an 82-game season.
Well said! I think we’re all acting like the Bulls have some time crunch or some deadline to meet. We can’t panic just because things don’t look great right now or the team is playing as consistent as we would like. Like I’ve said many times before patience is the once again the key for Chicago this season. As a matter of fact Dunleavy still thinks the Bulls can make a run when the team gets healthy, and that’s a pretty bold but very possible statement to make:
It’s just been a little bit of everything, with things you can control on the court and things you can’t with injuries,” Dunleavy said. “In one sense, it’s like, ‘Man, it’s so tough.’ On the other, it’s like, ‘We’re right there.’
“If we get healthy, we can make a run here. We just have to stick with it. It’s a long year. I think we’ll be all right.