9:13 AM CST, November 25, 2013
Blow up this Bulls thing right now.
Or at least take it apart piece by piece the way Derrick Rose’s body and greatness are being removed.
Rose underwent another knee surgery Monday. This one repaired the medial meniscus in his right knee. The Bulls said Rose is out for the season.
Rose was out all of last season while rahbbing from a surgically repaired torn ACL in his left knee. We can debate the stupidity of not listening to doctors and we can get angry again over the deceit Rose and his brother and his group pulled on the team and fans. But that’s not nearly as important as this:
He’s injury-prone and he’ll never be Derrick Rose again.
I don’t know how you can argue that. I believe Rose will work diligently to come back, but I don’t believe he’ll ever be DERRICK ROSE, ALL CAPS, again.
Which means this Bulls chapter is done.
Connect the dots, John Paxson and Gar Forman: Rose won’t be the same franchise player. This won’t be the same franchise. Blow it up right now.
Trade Luol Deng. He’s going to be a free agent anyway.
See if they can get something for Carlos Boozer. They probably were going to amnesty him after this season anyway.
Joakim Noah, anyone?
It’s this simple: The Bulls have to do whatever it takes to become a lottery team,, which is what they looked like against the Clippers without Rose and Jimmy Butler.
It doesn’t matter if these guys aren’t worth anything. It doesn’t matter if they have no trade value. It only matters that they have to leave to make this team worse.
The new collective bargaining agreement makes it more difficult to reboot on the fly. OK. Fine. Paxson and Forman get paid good money to be smart and creative. Earn it.
They will need to be smart to kill this season. They will need to be smart to Thibodeau-proof this season.
Tom Thibodeau might be able to coach this Rose-less team to a mediocre finish and a playoff spot in a bad Eastern Conference, but mediocrity is the worst thing you can be in the NBA. Ask the Hawks.
That’s basketball prison: good enough to make the postseason with no chance of winning anything, but not bad enough to gain a lottery pick that could change everything the way Rose did for a while.
Thibodeau won’t like gutting the roster. He only knows that the Bulls have more than enough to win, even when they don’t have anything close.
Tough noogies. This roster is done. The championship window is about to be surgically repaired for the second time in less than two years. Forget about it. Start over.
Look, the NBA offers two choices: Contend for the title or contend for the top pick in the lottery.
These Bulls are far closer to the latter, so why wait?
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