Bulls Should Shut Out Doubt and Play to Win Now

January 21st, 2016 by Kevin Ding Leave a reply »

CHICAGO — Shortcuts and quick fixes are what we crave in this day and age.

And these are not moderate, imperfect results we seek: Our championship-or-bust mentality is more pervasive than ever.

The NBA, where a single player can swing the pendulum overnight, is the sports league that makes rising to No. 1 with a bullet seem actually possible.

That's good and bad.

After the defending champion Golden State Warriors stomped the Cleveland Cavaliers, 132-98, on Monday, LeBron James was exasperated by the ongoing assumptions that his return to Cleveland alone should deliver a title without the requisite work and growth to be a great team.

James understands the process is meant to be slow.

The Warriors followed up by moving on to Chicago and crushing the Bulls, 125-94, on Wednesday. The result only further demoralized a Bulls fanbase worn out from so many years as a consensus contender producing consistent disappointment.

Even before the lopsided loss, there were suggestions here, there and everywhere on local talk radio that Joakim Noah's injury cinched it, the Bulls wer ...

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