Chicago Bulls 2013-From Bench Mob To Bench Person?
As a diehard fan, there are occasions when it is painful to watch the team you love disintegrate. That is what is happening with my beloved Chicago Bulls. It started with Derrick Rose's injury and it just seems to be falling downhill from there.
The Bench Mob, the Bulls 2nd team, was truly the soul of this team. Derrick Rose is the heart and the Bench Mob was the soul. It didn't matter who went down to injury, illness, trade, whatever, these guys stepped up and held it together for the Bulls. No standing alone, I'm not sure any of these guys are outstanding NBA players, but they are good, solid players who had a lot of chemistry together and believed they would succeed together.
Taj Gibson, Omer Asik, Kyle Korver, Ronny Brewer and CJ Watson made up the core 5 of the Bulls Bench Mob. They would come into a game and just take over. Taj's outstanding ability to fly, Asik's unbelievable D, Korver's streaky three's. It was fun to watch a bunch of 2nd teamers take over game after game. But that is over now.
Taj is the lone Bench Mobber that remains. Korver has been shipped to Atlanta, Brewer remains a free agent, Watson signed with the Brooklyn Nets and Asik has a 3 year, 25 million dollar offer sheet from the Rockets that will be very hard for the Bulls to match. So where is our 2nd team?
We have Taj-thank goodness for that. He is awesome. Bulls signed Kirk Hinrich, likely as a stand-in for DRose for the season, but I'm pretty sure the Bulls traded him a couple years ago, so that remains a questionable move. Jimmy Butler, the 2nd year player that fans saw so little of last season it is hard to know what kind of player he is going to be. The Bulls drafted Marquis Teague, who if Bulls fans are lucky will at least be as good as his brother who plays for the Hawks. But knowing Thibodeau, Teague will see little to no action this year. There is a chance the Bulls could resign Brewer and possibly John Lucas III. But is that a group of players that is going to come in and change a game?
Now, the Asik offer sheet is HUGE. Good for Asik but I'm not sure it makes sense for the Bulls to match it. It is clear they want to keep Omer, but at what cost? They already pay Boozer a sick amount of money, and DRose, while worth every penny, costs a bundle. Lu and Joakim as well are not coming at a low cost so the Bulls are paying. We have Rip Hamilton, but is he even going to be able to play next year? Is it enough? Why weren't the Bulls in the running for Ray Allen? I am a big John Paxson fan, and I hope Gar Forman has a game plan in his head but I am nervous. The Bulls have gone from a Bench Mob to a Bench Person and that is not going to win the Bulls games.
I am counting on a game plan Gar & John. Don't let us down. Don't give up on the coming season. Or have you already?