It’s been frustrating to watch the Bulls all season. For stretches, they look like one of the best teams in the NBA; other times, they look like they belong in the D-League.
Nowhere is the Jekyll-and-Hyde performance more apparent than on defense. Analysts around the league have continuously pointed out their soft play on screen-roll situations.
Ladies and gentlemen I give you the wonderful screen and roll defense of the Chicago Bulls bigs pic.twitter.com/kHRXJoozxB
— Luke Stanczyk (@lstanczyk27) January 24, 2016
Former Bulls guard Kendall Gill was getting increasingly upset during the Bulls’ 120-93 loss to the Clippers on Sunday. The game was televised nationally on ABC, but that didn’t stop the CSN analyst from giving his unfiltered opinion of the Bulls’ pick-and-roll defense on Twitter.
Pic n Roll defense has been the Bulls biggest weakness all yr. They Must change the way they defend it. Clips killing them today with it.— Kendall Gill (@KendallG13) January 31, 2016
The Bigs have to step up & guard the shooter for 1 count. Meaning 1 sec. Then get back to their man. It would eliminate easy shots.— Kendall Gill (@KendallG13) January 31, 2016
Right now PGs lick their chops because they know the bigs won't be there. Allowing them to get into the lane for easy shots or assist.— Kendall Gill (@KendallG13) January 31, 2016
My Grandmother passed away 8yrs ago. She could get 25 right now if she ran pic n roll the the Bulls defend it. It's not to late to change.— Kendall Gill (@KendallG13) January 31, 2016
OK, the grandma comment might be a little exaggerated, but Gill does know something about playing defense. During the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season, Gill led the NBA in steals with 2.7 per game, playing just 32.1 minutes.