As the Chicago Bulls head into the second game of another five-game road trip, a two-game winning streak is on the line. Bulls fans can finally take a deep breath, finishing up the rest of the season strong, is more of a reality adverse to an impossibility. The long road ahead begins with the journey to get to the final destination.
Up next for the new-look Bulls are the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors are chasing them for the 10th and final spot to advance to the play-in tournament. At 21-28, the Bulls currently hold a one-and-a-half-game lead over the Raptors.
Many obstacles have been put in front of the young Bulls core players so far this season. A handful of those young competitors found new homes in the aftermath of underachieving, other young pieces have been moved to the bench, still finding ways to contribute.
A lot has changed for the Chicago Bulls since the trade deadline
The overall outlook on the Bulls has changed dramatically in recent weeks. High hopes with instant expectation were quickly silenced with a four-game adjustment period that abandoned hopes and leads to an 0-4 record, questioning if the front office pushed the panic button prematurely.
The Bulls have had a much-needed breakthrough during this two-game winning streak. Chemistry is one of them, realizing how effective our All-Star pairing of center Nikola Vucevic and shooting guard Zach LaVine can be together is a sizable actuality.
The most important component to this current stretch, playing with urgency, but as a team. Trusting one another is a very noticeable step in the right direction. Having a team-first mentality has brought about a new level of understanding of how to win with all the new additions added midseason to the roster.
Every single player brought in since the blockbuster transactions have already found their roles and have shown immediate impact on the court. The Bulls offense is clicking on all cylinders, scoring at ease from the interior.
The Bulls offense is also starting to look like we have one of the most dominant pick-and-roll duos from two of the top players in the league at their respective positions. Easy baskets are available in any given possession. Creating mismatches now develop from deciding what All-Star the opposition wants to focus more attention on defensively.
The creativity being displayed in his line-ups by first-year head coach Billy Donovan was up for debate early on. Now, that he has figured out what rotations will be on a more consistent basis, everything has quickly evolved into a beautiful combination of extraordinary offense and explosive defense.
First-year vice president of basketball operation Arturas Karnisovas and general manager Marc Eversley showed true vision by being able to identify the flawed roster. Subsequently recognizing that the roster was lacking size, physicality, and rim protection in the interior.
Chicago Bulls front office doing all the little things to build a winning culture
The Bulls were lacking a spark and defensive identity. Donovan was running out of options while trying to be patient at the same time. The front office speeds up the development quite a bit in a perfectly orchestrated trade deadline extravaganza.
Adding interior help has saved the Bulls’ season. In the wake of the highly anticipated development of rookie forward Patrick Williams and his two-way player ability, we now have added two of the most physical and well-rounded defenders coming off the bench. Center Daniel Theis has added athleticism, length, and rim protection. His physicality and strength have bolstered the Bulls’ once weak and fragile interior.
Troy Brown Jr. has brought a valuable skill-set that has catapulted the defense. Showing a very solid understanding of his job while on the floor. His movement and aggressiveness have changed how teams can now score offensively. Being instant energy while proving precise decision-making has turned a poor defense into a more stout group.
Just a remarkable effort by this entire Bulls organization. It started at the top and works its way to the bottom. Every single person involved in the resurgence and full-circle change of direction in a little more than half a season is the biggest accomplishment to date.
Be ready, more is coming, this is just the beginning. The Bulls will continue with their growth as a unit, followed by a success not seen in the Windy City for a long time. There is still room for growth and possible additions in the off-season.
Bulls basketball is fun again, the future is bright. All this is being accomplished without a true floor general, with only a five-game glimpse of what’s next. Imagine where they will be this time next season Fans can be hopefuls now without unrealistic expectations.