Nobody’s happy with the Chicago Bulls right now—not the coach, not the fans and certainly not Derrick Rose, who said the team’s season has been “f-cking irritating.” Rose’s comments came after the Bulls’ 108-94 loss to the Cavs, the team’s sixth in 11 games this calendar year.
“Everybody has to be on the same page,” Rose said. “Until then, we’re going to continue to get our ass kicked.”
Asked who was not on the same page, Rose was quick with a response.
“It’s just the whole team,” he said.
“I think communication is huge,” Rose said. “We’re quiet when we’re out there, and it’s leading to them getting easy baskets. We got to give a better effort. It seems like we’re not even competing, and it’s f—ing irritating.”
The stingy defense, a staple of Tom Thibodeau teams in Chicago, has been downright awful during this brutal stretch, giving up 100 or more points in five straight games. Despite all that, the Bulls remain in the 4th playoff spot, with home court advantage in the Eastern Conference. There’s no reason to think that will change anytime soon, but this team’s aspirations are the NBA Finals, not a second round exit to the upstart Hawks or Raptors. And if they get their collective sh*t together soon, that’s where they’re likely headed.