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The Stabled Instability of the Chicago Bulls

Felipe Melecio

Felipe Melecio was the managing editor for the blog Pathological Hate. He believes that math is your friend and numbers can be fun, especially when it comes to baseball. Keep tabs on all his knee-jerk reactions on Twitter:

In this episode of the podcast, we talked about the aftermath of the Chicago Bulls firing head coach Fred Hoiberg.

The Rise and Fall of Derrick Rose: why Rose failing to overcome injuries and obstacles doomed the team to the current path that they’re in right now as this would create a power grab between Rose and Jimmy Butler with the latter eventually taking over control of the team locker room and creating a tone for the rest of new head coach Fred Hoiberg’s regime.

Front Office executives John Paxson and Gar Forman decide that it was too late for Hoiberg to salvage his job because he was too player-friendly and brought in new head coach, disciplinarian Jim Boylen to tighten and toughen up the team. With a new head coach leading the current young core of the team, there’s still a lot of work to do if this nucleus is to see future success and if GarPax will be there to continue to make basketball decisions for the franchise.

We also spent some time praising Minnesota Timberwolves big man, Karl-Anthony Townes. We also warn Bulls’ fans the dangers of tanking and to be careful what they wish for.

Fred Hoiberg is fired: a historical overview
–The failed comebacks and returns of Derrick Rose
–“Hollywood” Jimmy Butler too big to handle
–Not having the right personnel to run Hoiberg’s style

Derrick Rose’s legacy?
–Sex Parties
–Complacency setting in after receiving Adidas money
–Not being there when team needed him most
–Making promises he couldn’t keep

Tom Thibodeau and the Minnesota Northern Chicago Bulls
–Thibbs success of utilizing undersized, unathletic point guards continues with Rose in Minnesota.
–He still overuses his best players and underutilizes his bench.
–Jimmy Butler and his “Hollywood” persona emasculates both players and coaches alike.
–Hollywood Jimmy’s real motivation is money
–Townes and Andrew Wiggins got the big contract. Butler left wondering when his big payday will come.

Bulls win Jimmy Butler trade
–Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, Lauri Markkanen, and Wendell Carter Jr. set up a decent young nucleus for the Bulls.
–Can the team take the next step to succeed in the future? Will Boylen prove to be the man to take this team from point A to point B? How long does Paxson and Forman have on this rebuilding project?

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