The Chicago Bulls did not plan to struggle this badly to start the season. No one around the league could have predicted this. After the Bulls lost to the Indiana Pacers and dropped to 1-3, it’s clear that they have a lot of work to do.
The good news is that the season is a marathon, not a sprint. The Bulls have plenty of time to work the kinks out of their struggling offense. They must continue to trust each other and coach Tom Thibodeau‘s system. The word patience comes to mind when a very good team is not clicking in the beginning of a season. The Bulls are having communication issues and breakdowns on offense. It has to work itself out.
So the question is, how can the offense find itself? In the words of the great Allen Iverson, “we talking about practice, not the game, practice.”
This is where the chemistry and the consistency will build. They have to get that familiarity back with their All-Star point guard Derrick Rose back in the fold. He and the team have not found the connection early on in the season. It was expected that it would take some time, but not with this rough of a start. Rose has to do a better job trusting his teammates and vice versa. They have to make it simple for everybody and continue to fight through this slump.
The Bulls don’t seem to concerned with the rough start. They are not in panic mode, and they know the talent is good enough to get back on track. This is a veteran core group with an elite coach that will ride this team back to the basics. That is getting back to playing shutdown defense and sharing the basketball. Once they figure that out, the offense will be clicking on all cylinders.