The Chicago Bulls have been attempting to make the most of an undoubtedly talented roster since the start of the NBA regular season. However, things have not been turning out well for the Derrick Rose squad. As of late, the NBA team had been trying to place all its basketball stars in the correct posts in an effort to boost both their offense and defense strategies. These moves though have been taking too much time to positively affect the playing style of the Jimmy Butler group.
One of the stars struggling in the changes in the Chicago Bulls is Joakim Noah. Recognized as a two-time NBA All-Star, Noah has been assigned to function as an off the bench player as opposed to being a starter. Unsurprisingly, this change greatly affected the center post holder. In fact, Noah revealed that his playing style and confidence have been influenced by the changes he had to contend with this NBA season. Nonetheless, the Big Man remains optimistic that things will eventually turn around for him.
"I just got to be more aggressive," said Noah via ESPN. He added, "I got to be more aggressive offensively and look for my opportunities. Right now, I'm just not really sure where I can get them, but when they come I have to be ready and I have to be ready to score."
Noah added that he is still "trying to figure it out" and that he intends to "keep working" to finally maximize his potential and adapt to the new role he has been given. The Chicago Bulls star also admitted that he feels "frustrated' with the manner by which he is handling his new post, noting that he might just be "rushing a little bit." Noah acknowledged his tendency to allow "too many turnovers" when he's in the hardwood court. He further shared, "I have to be more aggressive when I get my opportunities. There are less. But I still have to figure it out."
With these issues, sports analysts believe that it might be time for Noah to exit the Chicago Bulls locker room. The big man is expected to become a free agent by the summer, so experts are advising his NBA team to look for suitable trade-offs for someone of his caliber. One of the basketball squads reportedly active in signing Noah is the Dallas Mavericks.
"Joakim Noah is sitting there in the last year of his contract," noted David Thorpe of ESPN. The sports analyst added, "I think his go-to would be Dallas, who's so desperate for that kind of energy again on defense. We know Rick Carlisle is so good at creating things and Joakim's such a great ball handler. I think he would be amazing there."
Meanwhile, Rose went back to the hardwood court with an explosive performance against the Indiana Pacers. Realizing his strengths, the Chicago Bulls point guard shared that his energy and enthusiasm in the court have been brought forth by his belief on the capacity of the NBA team to succeed. He also mentioned that the Chicago Bulls players are starting to realize the value of sacrifices for the better good of the entire basketball squad.
"Me being the point guard, I think I'm pretty used to everybody on this team and the way they want the ball and the spot they want the ball,'' shared Rose Chicago Sun Times. He further noted, "It's hard [keeping everyone happy]. But at the same time, you have to give yourself up for the team. We have a deep team. Almost our entire bench can go somewhere and get some nice minutes or more minutes than here. But they're giving up their minutes for the team. The coaching staff knows that. Fred is doing a good job of giving guys the minutes they want. I think everybody just wants to win games.''