The 2013 version of the Chicago Bulls is over. They shouldn’t look back at such a nightmarish year with injuries, inconsistencies and uncertainty to the franchise. Now it is 2014, and Bulls fans can only hope for better results, better play and better health for the New Year.
2014 couldn’t have started any better for the Bulls.
The Bulls seemed to play with a certain edge the other night against the Boston Celtics to get that win to start the New Year off right, 94-82. Joakim Noah set the tone with a triple-double, but he wasn’t the biggest story on this night. It was the Bulls’ attitude and chippiness that got people talking. The Bulls picked up three technical fouls, including coach Tom Thibodeau. Thibs leads all coaches with six technicals for the season. He seems more on edge these days because of the losing and the way the Bulls have performed. He knows deep down that his team can play much better than what the record shows.
Maybe the technicals are a good thing for the Bulls. They need some type of spark from the dull season. The team sometimes sleepwalks throughout periods of games and need a reminder who they are. The Bulls are known for gritty, tough and rugged play, and we don’t see that as often anymore. The leaders of Noah, Luol Deng, Kirk Hinrich, Carlos Boozer, Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson need to send that message to the team and the entire NBA. The Bulls are coming with a new attitude and need to bring that same energy every night.