How Much Better Did the Bulls Get Over the Offseason? And Other Bullets
Yesterday, I was unleashed into the baseball world. I helped out Brett and Michael over at Baseball is Fun with a little post about the upcoming Field of Dreams game hosted by the MLB in Iowa.
Yeah, you could say I’m a multi-dimensional-blogging machine (Michael: I’d say so!).
Relative to what we’ve seen, it’s more than safe to say the Bulls got a lot better this offseason. Chicago’s roster has finally got some meat on the bones, and a healthy starting lineup full of potential should take the court when the regular season tips off.
Though it’s still probably safe to assume that the team will have a fair share of kinks to work out early on, especially with a new revamped coaching staff that’s run by a first full-year head coach. All of these components factor into David Aldridge’s latest piece for The Athletic, where he decides to rank how much better each team got since the 2018-19 season ended. In some ways, one might expect Chicago to have a relatively high ranking with the possible jump they could take toward low-end playoff contention this season, but Aldridge ranked the team at only No. 17-overall.
He mentions that Chicago was able to put together a “low-key” good offseason, but the question marks surrounding the team’s young core seems to be what’s holding back this team from receiving a higher ranking overall. Whatever. We’re used to that by now. The Bulls success relies solely on how their young starting lineup can mesh with one another as the season goes on. While these individual players each have an intriguing upside, we have yet to see them (1) healthy on the court and (2) prove they can win games as a cohesive unit. At the end of the day, these guys need to prove they can play together.
1988 Michael Jordan, 1991 Michael Jordan, 1992 Michael Jordan, 1996 Michael Jordan, and 1998 Michael Jordan.
I STRONGLY recommend going to give Tony Gill’s most recent No Zones podcast a listen. There may not be a stronger journalistic marriage in the Windy City than between the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson and the Chicago Bulls. Johnson joins Gill for a great discussion about the offseason and the expectations for this upcoming 2019-20 campaign.
Johnson also provided a brief update on the status of Kris Dunn. The Bulls depth chart has five points guards sitting on it right now, and, yeah, that’s not ideal. Johnson envisions Dunn being with the team to start the season but eventually being shipped off elsewhere before the trade deadline. If you ask me, that presents some issues for this Bulls team as they try to establish an on-court identity.
I feel like this is a solid, more light-hearted Friday bullet. You can check out Benny’s highlights from last season. The video is almost three-minutes long, and I don’t know if you could compile a video that long of actual Bulls season highlights (*laughs and cries*).
Joakim Noah is living his best life and the man deserves it!
Why does he deserve it, you ask? Well, because he provided us with awesome Bulls moments to reminisce on during this dark time! Remember the feeling while watching this live? How savage was it for Noah to do this to the big-three Heat!?
If you have eyes, then you MUST watch this. “If that’s the last image of Michael Jordan, how magnificent is it?” Long live The Shot!
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