An overall step back for the Chicago Bulls in the third year of the rebuild also saw three players each regress this season.
Entering the hiatus on the 2019-20 NBA season, the Chicago Bulls held a record of 22-43. In their first 65 games of the regular season, the Bulls had trouble finding traction under head coach Jim Boylen at any point. There was a win in the Bulls last game prior to the hiatus, which resulted in a March 10 win at home at the United Center over the divisional foe Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Bulls are in the midst of the third year of their rebuild. And they appear to be possibly taking a step back this season, and this lengthy bout of rest isn’t going to help anything the rest of the year. At least the Bulls do have some time to reflect and potentially start the process of making changes to the front office and coaching staff.
Something has to give this offseason, either by getting rid of vice president of basketball operations John Paxson, or both Paxson and general manager Gar Forman. GarPax is by no means a popular front office pairing either in the Windy City, or around the NBA in general.
Boylen is not the most popular head coach either with this fan base. In fact, he’s probably less popular already than former head coach Fred Hoiberg was at the end of his tenure with the Bulls.
Not all blame can be placed on the front office and/or coaching staff for all the Bulls struggles this season. A few players are having down seasons, and poor play is the ultimate causation. Better usage and roster building could certainly help the Bulls, but down seasons is hurting this team too.
Here’s a look into the three players for the Chicago Bulls that took a step back this season prior to the NBA hiatus.