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We all endured the painful years of GarPax. What finally motivated Reinsdorf to make a move and do things right will probably always be a mystery. But he did, hired a new GM, and Billy Donovan. Karnisovas and Eversley rebuilt this team from the ground up, preserving Lavine and White, and that was about it. They signed key role players, and went out on a limb and signed Demar Derozan to a 3yr/$85M contract, which a lot of NBA analysts were saying was a horrible signing.

But here we are. Bulls are 12-5, and 2nd in the East. DeRozan is the 3rd leading scorer in the league. The Caruso and Ball signings have turned this line-up into probably a top 3 defense and basketball IQ squad. They got White back, and are waiting for Vucevic to return from COVID protocols. So they haven't really had their entire team together yet, and they are still learning to play together as a unit. This is a fun team to watch.

So I thought I would start a thread specifically for the 2021-2022 season. I think the Bulls have a chance to challenge the top teams in the East, and possibly make a run at the finals. This is also year one of the new team, so we're in for this for the next few years.
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Bulls v. Knicks:

Bulls struggled tonight against the Knicks and the refs, but showed a lot of resilience. Derozan went off for over 30 points...again. White came back tonight and was dropping 3's. I thought that once Caruso got into foul trouble, it really hampered the defensive effort. But the team fought through it and were able to come back in the 4th quarter and pull out a win. I'm finding that this is becoming a theme with this group. Don't count them out in the 4th quarter. Their defense locks down, and players step up and score.
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I like the makeup of this team. Yeah, they lost 2 to the '76ers although I think a rematch would be different, they're playing completely different now. Great point differential, one of the best in the league. Scrapping, hustling team, which is my type of ball. The 'Hawks tore it down and ended up with 3 Cups. The Sox are seeing results. Now it's up to the Bears to get their collective heads out from where the sun don't shine, drop the deadwood, and build off of young key pieces.
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Bulls vs. Pacers:

This would have been a winnable game for the Bulls, if they had not just come off of a dogfight with the Knicks the previous night. The Bulls got down early and looked exhausted. No spring in their step. Caruso was sidelined as well with a wrist contusion, which hampered the defense even more. The fact of the matter is, on full rest the Bulls would have probably beaten the Pacers. Stacey King mentioned a stat last night that was promising. With team records across the league RIGHT NOW, the Bulls have the 3rd easiest schedule the rest of the way. Hopefully that bodes well for our playoff seed.
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10 guys in the Covid protocol. 2 games postponed. What a bleeding mess. I hope everyone gets well and the Bulls find the smoking microbe.
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New Year's Eve 2021:



Will the Bears emulate the Bulls, dump management/coaches not doing their job, and head in the right direction? I still have some hope for major changes after the season.
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Holy shit! HE DID IT AGAIN!

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The Marshall Plan wrote: Sun Jan 02, 2022 5:23 am @Bears Whiskey Nut
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Holy shit! HE DID IT AGAIN!

First time in NBA history! I stupidly went to bed early in the 4th quarter, missed it. Wow, just wow.
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I wasn't high on the DeRozan signing, though it was entirely a value assessment in my mind ("he's good, but that's a lot of scratch...").

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Grizzled wrote: Sun Jan 02, 2022 10:58 am
The Marshall Plan wrote: Sun Jan 02, 2022 5:23 am @Bears Whiskey Nut
@Grizzled

Holy shit! HE DID IT AGAIN!

First time in NBA history! I stupidly went to bed early in the 4th quarter, missed it. Wow, just wow.
What are you thinking about the Bulls this season?

These guys are losing half their team to Covid protocols and are still kicking the crap out of people.

They haven't had Lonzo in a while for the same reason.

#1 SEED IN THE EAST! #1!

I never bought into The Baby Bulls thing. I figured that was going to be bogus. I thought D-Rose could be the guy, but obviously that didn't work out.

But these guys? This is the real thing.

AK isn't playing around. He built a contender. Donovan is for real too.

If they trade Coby White and keep the core intact for a quality big man. Dude, they could win it all.
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The Marshall Plan wrote: Sun Jan 02, 2022 11:52 am
Grizzled wrote: Sun Jan 02, 2022 10:58 am

First time in NBA history! I stupidly went to bed early in the 4th quarter, missed it. Wow, just wow.
What are you thinking about the Bulls this season?

These guys are losing half their team to Covid protocols and are still kicking the crap out of people.

They haven't had Lonzo in a while for the same reason.

#1 SEED IN THE EAST! #1!

I never bought into The Baby Bulls thing. I figured that was going to be bogus. I thought D-Rose could be the guy, but obviously that didn't work out.

But these guys? This is the real thing.

AK isn't playing around. He built a contender. Donovan is for real too.

If they trade Coby White and keep the core intact for a quality big man. Dude, they could win it all.
I'll be honest, TMP, I'm more stoked since anytime since the last title. I wasn't a big believer in any of the teams since then, even the one which ended up with the #1 seed (2010?) and got beaten by LaChoke and his mercenary Miami team in the playoffs. This team is pretty solid. I think they could use a bit more rebounding but I like the tenaciousness of these guys. As you said, 10 guys out with Covid including the HC and they continue winning. They weren't sharp at all what I saw yesterday against the Wizards but never gave up and still won. I don't see any team head and shoulders about them so I agree, they could make a serious run at a title. I listened to the first game on my AM radio back in '67 and been a fervent fan since. Loved the '90s team, I doubt we'll ever see it's like but another title would be sweet.
The solution to the mess that is the Bears organization would be to sell the team. If, however, it was placed in a receivership, well, being the Bears, we know it would be dropped
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The winning streak hits 8, longest since 2012. Saw the end of the game last night, quite enjoyable to watch this team.
The solution to the mess that is the Bears organization would be to sell the team. If, however, it was placed in a receivership, well, being the Bears, we know it would be dropped
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