To find a team worse than the Hornets, you’d probably have to go to the Chicago Public League.
Yet Derrick Rose and his grumpy back played 22 senseless minutes in a blowout victory over New Orleans on Wednesday night. I’m not sure what the purpose was of him even laying eyes on the court. The Bulls could’ve beaten the Hornets with John Lucas VI at point guard, and he won’t be born for another 40 years or so.
Someone needs to introduce coach Tom Thibodeau to the word “chill.’’
The very things we admire about Thibs — his drive, his attention to detail, his demanding nature — are not the best attributes to have in this crash diet of a season.
You’ve heard players and coaches say that an NBA season is a marathon, not a sprint. The problem with the condensed 66-game schedule is that it’s both. It calls for a coach with restraint. The Bulls are coming off seven games in 11 days. They play Friday night in Charlotte against the Bobcats, who at 3-22 are in New Orleans-bad territory.
The Bulls have one of the deepest benches in the league. What is the sense of sending Rose into a game they know they’re going to win? And please don’t give us the coach-speak that anybody can beat anybody else in the NBA. The Hornets are an insult to god-awful. But more to the point, if the Bulls should drop a game to a lesser opponent, so what?
“If a guy is injured, he shouldn’t play. But if he can play, he should play,” Thibodeau said. “Somehow there’s this notion of guys sitting out games. Pretty soon we’ll be at the point where a guy sits out the whole season and just plays in the playoffs.’’