The Chicago Bulls (26-26) enter today’s game against the Golden State Warriors as an enigma.
The Bulls shook up their roster before this season, hoping to compete with veterans Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo while their younger star, Jimmy Butler, reaches his prime.
What’s ensued is drama.
Wade and Butler disrespected coach Fred Hoiberg, leading Rondo to post a picture of his former Boston Celtics teammates with a passive aggressive caption about what real leadership looked like.
My vets would never go to the media. They would come to the team. My vets didn’t pick and choose when they wanted to bring it. They brought it every time they stepped in the gym whether it was practice or a game. They didn’t take days off. My vets didn’t care about their numbers. My vets played for the team. When we lost, they wouldn’t blame us. They took responsibility and got in the gym. They showed the young guys what it meant to work. Even in Boston when we had the best record in the league, if we lost a game, you could hear a pin drop on the bus. They showed us the seriousness of the game. My vets didn’t have an influence on the coaching staff. They couldn’t change the plan because it didn’t work for them. I played under one of the greatest coaches, and he held everyone accountable. It takes 1-15 to win. When you isolate everyone, you can’t win consistently. I may be a lot of things, but I’m not a bad teammate. My goal is to pass what I learned along. The young guys work. They show up. They don’t deserve blame. If anything is questionable, it’s the leadership.
More recently, Wade brought up his ex after Chicago’s win on Monday.
Wade: “We’ve been playing good basketball; not playing Miami basketball; they’ve won 11 straight, but we’re been playing good basketball.”
— Sam Smith (@SamSmithHoops) February 7, 2017
“We’ve been playing good basketball; not playing Miami basketball; they’ve won 11 straight, but we’re been playing good basketball,” Wade told reporters, referencing the Heat’s league-best 11-game win streak that includes a victory over the Dubs.
Butler has missed the last two games and is questionable today as the Bulls aim to solidify a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference — they’re currently in seventh.
But if there’s been a theme for Chicago this year, it’s been uncertainty.
“They’re streaky,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said on Tuesday. “They’re hard to figure out.”
Hoiberg likely agrees.