The 2013-14 season has not looked kindly upon the Chicago Bulls. As the season reaches its midpoint, it appears as if the team is behaving as if it’s June already. The Bulls have looked listless in their last few games, lacking a cogent offense and letting teams run all over them on defense. Before the year ends, Chicago needs to buckle down and find their second wind, or risk entering the offseason a tired, worn-out shell of what it should be.
Considering the bad luck the team has faced this season, it is not unexpected to see its players behave in such dire straits. In a show of tragic shortsightedness, the Bulls’ management did not make finding talent last offseason a part of their priorities. Instead, they banked almost completely on the return of star Derrick Rose, paying little attention to other areas the Bulls needed help in.
When Rose suffered a meniscus tear and had to end his season early, the team plummeted near the bottom of the NBA, and have had to struggle for every win so far. One of the only reasons the Bulls are in the middle of the Eastern Conference is due to poor showings from other teams in the East.
The best thing the Bulls can do right now is to find some new talent through trades that can help them jump over the hurdle they find themselves in. But if the rumors circulating about Tom Thibodeau‘s departure this season are true, then it would make righting the ship and finding their second wind almost impossible.
Almost all teams come out after the All-Star break rejuvenated and pumped up for the second half of the season. Hopefully, Chicago does the same thing.