Clock Is Ticking for Chicago Bulls’ Roster to Figure Things Out

December 16th, 2015 by Sean Highkin Leave a reply »

CHICAGO — All season, the Chicago Bulls have needed a wake-up call of sorts. They’ve been winning (they’re 14-8) but not convincingly, dropping winnable games to mediocre teams.

At halftime on Monday night at the United Center, it looked like the Bulls may have been headed for their biggest embarrassment yet. They trailed by five points to the 1-24 Philadelphia 76ers, a team with only a handful of players on their roster who can be considered legitimate NBA contributors that had been in the news in recent weeks for rookie Jahlil Okafor’s off-court behavior and some shake-ups to their controversial #Process.

A loss to this team would have been a worse look than usual for the Bulls. Needless to say, things were tense in the locker room at halftime.

"It was very vocal, to be honest," Bulls forward Doug McDermott said after that game. "[Joakim Noah] was very heated and [Pau Gasol] actually talked up, saying we've got to step on teams' throats like this, you know, that aren't winning this year. Other teams see this film of us lallygagging the first half and they're not scared of us. So we reall ...

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