Practicing Patience, Reliving "The Shot," Reuniting with Rose (Eventually), and Other Bulls Bullets

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Practicing Patience, Reliving “The Shot,” Reuniting with Rose (Eventually), and Other Bulls Bullets

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Quarantine has turned me into a worse texter than ever, but it should have had the opposite effect, right?

Before the stay-at-home orders, I’d often respond quickly to all my friends, but now? I see a message and think to myself “Eh, I’ll get to it later, I got nothing going on.” The problem is “later” ends up being like two-days late (Michael: Wow. Big same. I didn’t even realize I was doing that until I just read this).

Sorry, friends. I don’t hate you, I’m just dumb.

•   Please, if you begin to catch word of players returning to their practice facilities, don’t automatically assume it means the league is suddenly close to a return. I just don’t want anyone to get their hopes up before the time is right:

•   Indeed, I’m somewhat surprised to hear the Los Angeles Lakers plan to open up their facilities, especially with the area still very much under a stay-at-home order. The restrictions have been eased a bit over the last couple of days, but this area was a hot spot for COVID-19, and so this still feels premature. Just remember, the NBA has made it very clear that strict guidelines must be followed for any organization planning to allow player workouts. As long as these rules are followed, everyone (hopefully) should be okay.

•   Thinking about taking a shot to celebrate The Shot. Who’s with me?

•   The footage of this guy’s attempted interview has popped up on my timeline often over the past couple of weeks, and needless to say … I have questions. First off, how in the heck was he allowed to just grab Jordan like that? If a reporter yanked Kevin Durant’s arm like that after a game today, I’m pretty sure he’d be fired. Next, did he panic or did he think just yelling “you stuck it, baby” would garner an incredible top-of-the-10-o’clock news kind of moment? He even has a chance to redeem himself when Michael acknowledges him, but instead just emotes a hearty “YEAH” right back in Jordan’s face. Similarly, why does Jordan say “yeah” like that in the first place? I know he’s tired and all, but it literally sounds like I broke into his bedroom at 2 a.m. and scared him awake by yelling “QUICK, WHAT’S A FOUR LETTER WORD THAT SERVES AS THE INFORMAL SPELLING OF THE AFFIRMATIVE ‘YES!'” Lastly (not really, but I should wrap this up), are we sure that isn’t Newman from Seinfeld pretending to be a reporter?

•   In hindsight, Chicago treated Derrick Rose unfairly. Much of the responsibility lies at the feet of the Bulls front office (who mismanaged a lot), but Bulls fans should have probably been far more patient. Indeed, it’s funny (in the annoying kind of way), that just a few years later, it became commonplace to sit-out an entire season with a major injury – for Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant, it was effectively expected. And, heck, even when Kawhi Leonard did it for a mix of injury and personal reasons with the Spurs, he didn’t get as much hate as Rose.

•   As a general philosophy, I tend to side with the “moving on” approach when it comes to re-signing former beloved players. BUT … I’d be lying if I said I flat-out didn’t want the Bulls to re-unite with Rose at some point. I’d just love to see him end his Bulls journey on a better note, and I can envision a world where he does fit this team eventually. To that end, he will be an unrestricted free agent in 2021, and while the Bulls’ focus that offseason should be trying to land a max player, they could very well have enough money to sign Rose to some kind of deal, as well. And, hey, he’s already been able to reinvent himself; I would love to see him lead the second unit in Chicago.

•   You know you have nothing better to do tonight …

•   Lol … I miss Jimmy.

•   I think I’ve thrown a punch at the Knicks in bullets or on our social media every day this week, so I might as well keep it going!

•   Hey, I know a guy on that list!

•   What he said!

•   Can someone please show Lonzo how to lift before he hurts himself?

Author: Elias Schuster

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