Chicago Bull’s all star point guard Derrick Rose has had enough, and he isn’t being quiet about it anymore. After seeing his team drop their 6th game over their last 8 to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Martin Luther King Jr. Day by the score of 108-94, Rose finally voiced his concerns
“Everybody has to be on the same page,” Rose said. “Until then, we’re going to continue to get our ass kicked.”
When asked if any particular player wasn’t on the same page, Rose was quick to say that it was the entire team having difficulties with communication and playing as a strong, collective whole.
What seems to be bothering the coaching staff and players more than the losses is the lack of intensity that the Bulls have been known for for the duration of Tom Thibodeau. The losses can be understood as the Bulls are without the services of starting center Joakim Noah, and starting guard Mike Dunleavy.
“I think communication is huge,” Rose said. “We’re quiet when we’re out there, and it’s leading to them getting easy baskets. We got to give a better effort. It seems like we’re not even competing, and it’s f—ing irritating.”
Rose is not the only person within the Bulls organization who has been frustrated with the Bulls performance of late. Coach Thibodeau is also frustrated with how the team is playing over this recent stretch.
Since the New Year, the Bulls have struggled mightily on defense, especially in comparison to how the Bulls have historically performed under Thibodeau, and that is a major concern for the team.
As the season begins to enter into the back half, this is the time where teams should be gelling and coming together as a team, not suffering this kind of rough patch where the team doesn’t seem together.
The Bulls need to right the ship sooner than later, and maybe the return of some starters will help the team immensely.