On Wednesday night, the Chicago Bulls suffered their worst loss of the rebuild.
Sure, the 56-point home loss to the Boston Celtics last season is pretty darn bad, but losing to a last-place Golden State Warriors team during a supposed “playoff-bound“ season is atrocious.
According to head coach Jim Boylen though, it’s not something to be ashamed of.
“There’s no shame in this game tonight. We played hard and we competed and we battled and we’re gonna do the same thing, we’re gonna practice tomorrow, we’re gonna have some turkey and we’re gonna play Friday… This is not the defining moment of our season. We’re gonna keep playing.”
Does this man know the definition of shame? I can help, Merriam-Webster lists it as: “a painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety”
Um, yeah, you should be ashamed.
Nothing feels more like a painful shortcoming then preaching playoff aspirations and dropping to a 6-13 record against, arguably, one of the easiest opening schedules of the season. NBC Sports Chicago’s Will Perdue sounded off on the Bulls head coach following these postgame comments, and he hits it right on the head.
— Bulls Talk (@NBCSBulls) November 28, 2019
He brings up a great point: Stop the smiling Boylen!
At the end of the day, Boylen’s comments, while frustrating, aren’t in the least bit surprising. The fact that Zach LaVine somewhat agreed with them is, though.
NBC Sports Chicago’s Rob Schaefer shared a bunch of quotes after Wednesday night’s game, and LaVine said: “I don’t think you should be ashamed about any loss, but you should be upset every time you lose the game.”
PLEASE, DOES ANYONE UNDERSTAND WHY (and when) THIS TEAM SHOULD FEEL ASHAMED!?
*Wendell Carter Jr. raises hand*
“Nah, it’s some shame in this loss,” Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. told The Athletics Darnell Mayberry. “In my opinion, it’s some shame in every loss — especially to a very hurt and wounded Warriors team. I’m brutally honest, we should have won that game. Just looking at [the] paper and looking at the players on the court, we should have won that game. No disrespect to them, because they’re fantastic players. But we just didn’t show up and play.”
Wendell Carter Jr. continues to be the only voice of reason from this organization. Since the beginning of this turmoil, the 20-year-old big man has expressed the maturity and accountability we should be seeing from the rest of the locker room. He’s also one of the only players who’s shown any level of consistency on the court, yet that hasn’t necessarily been rewarded with more work on the offensive end.
Carter Jr. hasn’t been tainted by the recent history of the Chicago Bulls nor the feeling of repeated losing, and it’s refreshing to know he’s going to stand up for himself. The problem is, he’s only one player, and who really knows if his voice is loud enough. It’s been previously reported that he’s spoken with Boylen in the past about drawing more plays specifically for him, but it’s hard to say we’ve seen that happen over these recent games.
Regardless, while all of this is incredibly frustrating, it’s nice to know the Bulls do have at least one player who will call it as he sees it.