All the talk about coach Jim Boylen and the offense or Jabari Parker and his minutes, continues masking the real problem facing the Bulls.
Bulls players are using toughness and effort as the latest excuse for a failing defense, but the numbers since Holiday was traded are staggering.
Carter Jr. had an MRI done that seemed to clear him of a major injury, but after seeing specialists on Friday, he could miss the rest of the season.
In losing to Denver by 30 and finishing their five-game road trip 0-5, the slumping Bulls are beginning to look in the mirror.
Carter feels like he dodged a bullet, especially after an initial X-ray on the left thumb had the team thinking he could miss six to eight weeks.
As if the losing wasn’t bad enough, Wendell Carter Jr.’s injured thumb has LaVine evaluating just what direction this rebuild is going.
Lopez had to be removed from practice on Monday, after a heated moment occurred between him and Dunn. A day later, he said all was good.
Portis turned down a contract extension with the Bulls in October, but he remains at peace even with injury problems limiting him to just 13 games.
The Bulls big man has remained a trade rumor since last season, and was now informed that his minutes were about to be reduced once again.
Like they did with Justin Holiday, the Bulls are in the business of trying to collect draft assets first and foremost rather than negotiate buyouts.
Boylen wants to see the likes of Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn and Wendell Carter Jr. showing a killer instinct, especially late in games.
Before the loss to Utah on Saturday night, Portis discussed the injury he felt was caused by K.D., and how he’s being treated by the officials.
The Bulls coach was initially betting on himself, but the Sun-Times has learned there’s now an even bigger salary commitment from the front office.
Dunn and LaVine had a chance to measure where they stand on Friday, facing off against the gold standard in Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
The second-year 7-footer is deemed special by those in his organization and around the league, and now it is time to push him to that potential.