Chicago Bulls: How the mighty have fallen

Whenever a championship team forms, there’s always a fear that one day it will end. It happened with the Derek Jeter lead New York Yankees. It happened With the Boston Redsox who broke their 86 year World Series drought. It even happened to everyone’s favorite 90’s basketball team the Chicago Bulls. Just how did they go from a six-time champion to faded glory?

We all knew that Michael Jordan wouldn’t play forever and the team quickly faded into irrelevancy. The team appeared to be back on the right track when they drafted Derrick Rose who quickly put out an MVP season and had the Bulls looking like contenders again. Bulls fans know the sting of that move all too well as his career would quickly take a turn for the worst. However, the train wouldn’t come off the tracks just yet.

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The biggest mistake the team could have made was letting coach Tom Thibodeau go. While the Chicago Bulls weren’t winning any championships under Thibodeau, he was a master of getting something out of nothing and getting the team back to the playoffs. After his departure, the Bulls’ fall from grace is reminiscent of Jim Harbaugh leaving the San Francisco 49ers. If ownership wants to learn anything from going forward its having the right coach to lead your team matters.

Sure you can blame the team’s misfortune on investing far too much time and effort into Derrick Rose. After multiple injuries derailed his career, Rose never returned to his MVP form like the team had hoped. However, it’s not as if the team didn’t have talent while Rose was out. Jimmy Butler was front and center of their talent pool and often put the team on his back for wins. Surely he can be the corner-stone of the Chicago Bulls rebuild project, right? Nope, another piece of the puzzle the Bulls enjoyed success with walked right out of their doors never to return in a Bulls uniform.

The Chicago Bulls have no one to blame but their front office for the lack of success of the team. They went from one of the most marketable teams in the NBA to 12th in the Eastern Conference at the time of this article. Bonehead move after bonehead move has taken a championship team, down to a playoff team, down to a basement dweller. Right now, the front office seems more content with making their money from past success than putting a winning team on the court. People might still be buying #23 jerseys in the sports shop but it won’t be long before the younger generation hasn’t ever heard of Michael Jordan. If the Chicago Bulls don’t do anything to invest in their future, it might be a long time before we see fans filling the stands.

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