The Chicago Bulls went up 2-0 versus the Boston Celtics in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Then, they preceded to lose four straight games, the last one being at home in a complete blow out with the boo birds in full effect and even a “Fire Hoiberg” chant came out at the United Center.
I’m all for Fred Hoiberg being dismissed as the Bulls coach by the way. He cannot coach at this level.
Moving on, Bulls players had exit interviews with the front office Saturday and spoke with the media after. Jimmy Butler had his interview but declined to talk to reporters. Rajon Rondo was not in the building because of a family matter. His meeting will be next week. Man, I would have liked to hear from Rondo. He is always a joy.
Dwayne Wade was the first to meet the media after talking with GM Gar Forman and President John Paxson. Wade, who holds a player option to return to the Bulls for $23.8 million in 2017-’18 season, said he did not regret his decision in coming to Chicago. “Options or not, I’m in a good situation to decide what I want to do, Wade said. The three time NBA champion also added that he wants clear direction from the front office. “I don’t need to ring chase. But I can. It’s a great luxury to have. I can also be a part of passing down my knowledge to younger players. It’s either way.”
Wade also talked of how Fred was put in a tough situation of playing younger players and expected to win at the same time. “All in all, to go through everything we went through and still be able to make the playoffs, I thought they did a great job.”
Bobby Portis checked in with the media and brought some big news with him. The second year man out of Arkansas played through a foot burn for two months of the season. The burn happened from a heat pad sustained on March 4th. Portis also praised Rajon Rondo, like many of the younger guys have this season. “He’s like the brother I never had. Always checking up on me and have me over for dinner often.”
When I interviewed Denzel Valentine when he has with the Windy City Bulls, the former college player of the year called Rondo “his vet.”
Valentine also talked to reporters, saying that the front office envisions him in being a major rotation player next season. Valentine endured an up and down rookie season, from some stints in the D-league to being in and out of the rotation. At times in the season, Valentine looked like he was making progress, but then would takes steps back, especially in his defensive game. And to fix that, Valentine says he is going to work on guarding point guards this season to upgrade his versatility. In additon, p art of Valentine’s was being limited to a spot-up shooter, a position that is not his game. Valentine played point guard his final season at Michigan St. He was a facilitator and made his teammates better. The Bulls should really look at putting him with the second group as the backup PG.
Valentine will also participate in the Bulls summer league and hopes to win another championship. Valentine also added it was “confusing” being in and out of the rotation but is ready to move on and learn from his first year in the league.
Now, the offseason is upon us. The direction of the Bulls is still uncertain. Would I like a front office and coaching change? Yes, I think all Bulls fans would.
I’ll leave you with this: Blow it up.