The Point *Now* Must Be to Learn What They'll Have *Then* (And Other Bulls Bullets)

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The Point *Now* Must Be to Learn What They’ll Have *Then* (And Other Bulls Bullets)

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COBY WHITE DESERVES BETTER!

  • The Chicago Bulls will battle with the Indiana Pacers tonight as they look for their first win over a current Eastern Conference playoff team.

  • While I’d recommend never putting money on the Bulls to beat a top-8 opponent, the Indiana Pacers could have quite the injury report later tonight. Yesterday, five of the team’s players were listed as questionable/doubtful, including starters Victor Oladipo (has missed two-straight games), Malcolm Brogdon (doubtful), and TJ Warren. As much as I want to say this could possibly give a healthier Bulls roster the advantage, we have already seen a beat-up Pacers team win all three matchups this season.
  • In the first meeting, Indiana had Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner, and Oladipo sidelined. In the second meeting, it was Oladipo, Brogdon, and Sabonis. Tonight is TBD … but, regardless, the Bulls will likely … not win.
  • I know at this point not many of us care about the win column. I’m sure some happy-go-lucky fans are still sitting on their couch of lies, hoping for a historic playoffs turnaround, but the fact of the matter is this season has changed course. Looking ahead, it’s all about development. The Bulls core players should clock as much time together as possible in the remaining 20 games, which help us – and ideally a completely revamped front office – develop an even better understanding of what this team has moving forward.
  • The guys on the Bulls Talk Podcast go into a bit more detail on this discussion, and I think it’s worth checking out.
  • Also in that chat is the increasingly popular Is Coby White Finally Earning a Spot in the Starting Lineup? discussion. And, while I understand he’s been flourishing off the bench, that’s obviously not the plan/hope for seasons to come, so I think the answer is clear. But I won’t throw that out there without an explanation: The main reason I’ve shifted my thought process on starting White – almost entirely, since the beginning of the year – is because the trajectory of the season has completely changed. What matters most now is finding out what will work together in the future, and if the Bulls can get a head start now rather than at the start of next season, count me in! If anything, I think the Bulls are doing themselves a disservice by not heavily evaluating White alongside LaVine and the team’s fellow core player. In addition, if this organization hires a new front office and head coach, I think they’d appreciate a good chunk of film to evaluate. With how this season has turned out, I just find it harder and harder to see why the Bulls shouldn’t give the rookie a shot.
  • Oh, not to mention, White has been playing his heart out recently, and his mid-range game is a big part of that.

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  • I’d consider that a pretty good ranking:

  • The kid is doing it all!

  • LOL: The New York Post wrote a whole piece about how dysfunctional Jim Boylen is. We may have entered the Chicago Bulls darkest timeline, folks.
  • At least people aren’t writing songs about our dysfunction (3:38)!

  • I joined my friends over at the Talkin’ Toros Podcast for a little Q&A. If you have some time, give it a listen!



Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.