I'll admit I was pulling for the Bulls to win last night. Something about Jimmy Butler pisses me off now. His personality has definitely changed. Maybe he's always been an horsefeathers and I just never noticed? On that last drive (for Philly), Jimmy actually hooks Zach's arm with his arm to draw the foul. Complete BS call.
I think the Bulls have a lot of potential, and that this rebuild has gone decently well. I'm just worried GarPax can't take the next step to legit playoff contender without some lottery luck. Remember that the Bulls a decade ago were a solid playoff team led by Deng, Noah, Hinrich and Ben Gordon before one single disastrous season left them with 1.7% odds at the #1 pick (DRose). That's what changed everything for the Bulls.
GarPax can't attract any big FAs and/or trade for a superstar that would be willing to sign an extension here. I'm worried they don't know how to "finish" the rebuild. So it's basically Zion and hope he develops into a star player. Otherwise, I think the Bulls become a playoff team next year. They're just not in the upper echelon of teams in the East. Will you be happy if they get the #6 seed and lose in the first round?
Sadly, GarPax and M. Reinsdorf will be very happy with that result.
"It was met with, basically, he didn't want to talk about that. He didn't want me to tell him that. I just basically said, 'Well that's why we want an electronic strike zone.'" -- Ben Zobrist