Does Anyone Else Have Rebuild-Déjà Vu? Wizards 126, Bulls 114

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Does Anyone Else Have Rebuild-Déjà Vu? Wizards 126, Bulls 114

Chicago Bulls

Throw in the damn towel.

The Chicago Bulls head into the All-Star break with a 126-114 loss to the Washington Wizards. With that, the team sits with a 19-36 record, which matches their position through the first 55 games of the 2017-18 season. To put it differently, the Bulls are posting an identical season to the first year of their rebuild.

Remember though, according to John Paxson, the Bulls “don’t know what [they] have yet.”

After three seasons of rebuilding, I think all of the fans know what the Chicago Bulls have: an uncompetitive, young roster led by an incredibly poor head coach. Through practically three seasons of basketball, the Bulls have shown zero improvements.

Sure, individually, there continue to be some positive signs. Zach LaVine dropped 41 points tonight and had a bonkers 4th-quarter from downtown to, once again, show he’s one of the elite scorers in the NBA. Meanwhile, Coby White scored 14 points, dished out 7 assists, grabbed 5 rebounds, and recorded 4 steals, showing fans there are still plenty of reasons to be optimistic about his future.

No matter the self-improvement though, this team isn’t going anywhere until changes are made from top to bottom. Jim Boylen kept up his wild in-game decision making, throwing in Cristiano Felicio to close out the game during a comeback effort and calling a ridiculous timeout with 42 seconds left and the Bulls down 12.

I’m sure these players need the All-Star break even more than we do, but I can’t wait to get a much-needed break from watching this team.

As for after the break, this team better put away their pipe-dream of making the playoffs and just freaking play their young pieces as much as possible. It’s time to shift things toward on-court development, no matter how hard Boylen tries to prohibit that.

The next Bulls basketball game will be on February 20th, so enjoy your time off.



Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is a writer for Bleacher Nation and a human being. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.