Kyrie Irving's Conference Call, a Unified Player Message, All-Illinois Dream Team, and Other Bulls Bullets

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Kyrie Irving’s Conference Call, a Unified Player Message, All-Illinois Dream Team, and Other Bulls Bullets

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You don’t know what you got until it’s gone.

•   Yesterday, we learned a group of players have expressed a wide range of concerns about the Orlando Bubble environment. Whether it be in regards to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic or the fight against systemic racism, the NBA still has to weigh the importance of a continued season. To at least try to forget the next step forward, about 80 players joined a conference call led by Nets guard Kyrie Irving. To learn more about what came out of that call, check out The Athletic’s latest report:

•   In short, it appears the players are most focused on finding a single, united message to share with the general public – whether that includes playing or not remains unclear. I have to imagine this will be a continued conversation over the next several weeks, and the NBA league office better be prepared to help/answer questions moving forward. To pull off this unprecedented idea, all involved players must have their voices heard. To this point, the NBA clearly hasn’t made that a big enough priority.

•   With that said, I’ll admit, it’s a bit hard to follow all the internal conversations right now. Not only because of some inconsistent reports (*see below*), but also the variety of concerns. At the end of the day, the latter is what could create an insurmountable hurdle. I’m still optimistic the NBA can pull off some kind of restart, but the more issues players pose (which are pretty much all legitimate, by the way), the more difficult and already difficult situation becomes.

•   Can we just run Derrick Rose Week back?

•   I tuned into basically every Rose Throwback game aired this week, and it made me realize how bad I miss those days. I mean, how long has it been since the Bulls have played truly inspired basketball? Can we even count the Butler, Wade, and Rondo years? Personally, that felt more gimmicky than anything. I’m not even asking for a 50-win team this second, I just want a group that goes out there, plays their butt off, and fights until the final buzzer sounds. Remember how the 2018 Los Angeles Clippers played last season?? I want that kind of energy. Also, I know the Memphis Grizzlies have Ja Morant, but if that young team can do it, so can this one with the Bulls leadership.

•   Bleacher Report said the 76ers beating the Bulls in the 2012 playoffs is the 9th-most surprising upset of the 2000s. I don’t know about you, but I hate considering a series where the Bulls lost Derrick Rose in Game 1 and Joakim Noah in Game 3 as a true “upset.” I know the 76ers were technically an 8-seed, but I think we can say they were a tad better than what their record showed. After all, they also took the Boston Celtics to seven games in Round 2 (the same Celtics team who took the Miami Heat to seven games in the ECF … man that was a crazy year).

•   Please keep in mind I’m talking about current players when viewing the following imaginary team:

•    For the folks who got mad at me … Yes, I put D-Rose on the bench because that’s the situation he’s been in the past couple of seasons. If you think he should start (again, we’re talking about an imaginary team … chill lol), that’s fine by me.

•   #Facts

•   These are always pretty cool.

•   Another day … another awesome MJ Anniversary!

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Author: Elias Schuster

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