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NBA Rumors: Chicago Bulls Eye Derrick Rose Trade; Jimmy Butler Slams Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah

( [email protected] ) Nov 05, 2015 12:24 PM EST
The Chicago Bulls may have won against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first NBA game they had this season, but it looks like things turned downhill from there. In fact, the recent loss of the Chicago Bulls against the Charlotte Hornets merely highlighted the fact that the Derrick Rose squad might just be in trouble. While a number of reasons could be identified to explain the loss, the most notable issues at the moment are the presumed lack of experience of coach Fred Hoiberg and the increasing difficulty in terms of handling Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose. Moreover, the lack of coordination between Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah is clearly taking a toll on the Chicago Bulls.
Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose opted out of the USA Basketball Team training camp, which could have had him working with other NBA stars like LeBron James and Stephen Curry. Wikimedia Commons/Keith Allison

The Chicago Bulls may have won against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first NBA game they had this season, but it looks like things turned downhill from there. In fact, the recent loss of the Chicago Bulls against the Charlotte Hornets merely highlighted the fact that the Derrick Rose squad might just be in trouble. While some reasons could be identified to explain the loss, the most notable issues at the moment are the presumed lack of experience of coach Fred Hoiberg and the increasing difficulty regarding handling Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose. Moreover, the lack of coordination between Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah is clearly taking a toll on the Chicago Bulls.

"Inexcusable and predictable," described Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune, referring the defeat of the Chicago Bulls against the Charlotte Hornets. He added, "The Bulls didn't just tank the game by a 130-105 score, they tanked it to a Hornets team that hadn't won a game and hadn't deserved to...I'm not saying they had to go all Rodman on the Hornets, but at least make the opponent aware you're there instead of providing a police escort to the hoop. Soft, bad and uncaring is no way to go through the NBA."

Meanwhile, Jimmy Butler had been fuming following the loss against the Charlotte Hornets. According to the Chicago Bulls star, the basketball players to blame for the embarrassing 130-105 loss are the scorers. Jimmy Butler noted that it was a mistake on the part of the scorers, such as Derrick Rose, to simply focus on shooting the ball. He pointed out that the scorers should have participated more in "trying to get more stops than that other team." Jimmy Butler shared that scoring is not an issue for the Chicago Bulls due to their restructured strategy, which concentrates on the offense. Hence, it would behoove the NBA team to try to improve their defense.

"Effort," stated Jimmy Butler, referring to the lacking element he believes the Chicago Bulls need to improve on in the next basketball games this NBA season, according to Fox Sports. He added, "Effort will fix all of that on the defensive end. It's all if you want to do it or not, to tell you the truth. I think we got guys capable of it. I think we focus too much on offense a lot of the time. Not most of the time, a lot of the time. And we forget about what you got to do on the other end of the floor. Speaking for myself, speaking for a lot of guys on this team, we got to guard. That's where it's got to start for us. We got to be the dogs that everybody in Chicago knows we are, we've always been. Just some hard-playing guys that play harder than everybody."

 

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