Chicago fell into a swamp of sluggishness again.
The Chicago Bulls lost 100-112 in the 2022-2023 NBA regular season Milwaukee Bucks held at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, USA on the 17th (Korean time). Despite Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo missing during the game due to injury, Chicago struggled throughout the game and lost.
It’s already 6 losses in a row. As of February 18, they are 26-33, 11th in the Eastern Conference. With the current standings, it is impossible to advance to the playoffs.
The situation in Chicago is dire. They are experiencing all kinds of bad things, such as discord between key players and coaches and long-term injuries to key players.
Ace Zach Lavigne signed a five-year, $215.2 million contract with Chicago last summer. LaVine is averaging 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4.1 assists this season. His average is not much different from last season, but Lavigne is at the center of criticism.
The biggest reason is defense. The enthusiasm he showed in defense last season has disappeared. As he lost his passion for defense and focused only on offense, Chicago manager Billy Donovan removed Lavigne from the Clutch lineup. Their relationship was a turning point. The problem is that all of Chicago’s other players sided with Donovan. In other words, the team leader has lost the trust of his colleagues. 온라인바카라
The injury of Lonzo Ball, ‘the core of the front line’, is also fatal. Ball, who is out indefinitely with a knee injury, was the link between DeMar DeRozan, Lavin and Nikola Vucevic. Now that the ball is missing, the synergy of Chicago’s big 3 is not coming out at all. That’s the biggest reason for Chicago’s sluggishness.
The reason Chicago is bleak is that the current roster is a team built to win. Chicago, which brought DeRozan as a free agent and traded Vucevic and signed LaVine to an extension, was planning to play on the roster now. However, this season’s results are truly disastrous.
Currently, there are real players such as Alex Caruso and Ayo Dosunmu in Chicago. Caruso and Do Sun-moo, who boast the NBA’s best defense and dirty work, are young players in their second year, but they are loved by Chicago fans for their veteran-like performances. However, due to the team’s gloomy situation, the performance of these young players is not seeing the light.
Chicago, let alone reinforcements for the championship, has been constantly rumored to trade key players throughout the season. A bold rebuilding could be the way to go, but Chicago’s leadership did nothing in this trade market and did not release anything. In the end, Chicago went through the rest of the season without any significant changes.
Last season, the Chicago Bulls wanted to announce the revival of the famous family, but fell into a dark period after one season. It is bleak that there is no proper solution now.