Vince:The Bulls now have come past the all-star break some time now and in the last two months of the regular season with about 28 games left. With about 28 games left in the schedule for the Bulls lets see how they do the rest of the season. I would also like to add the fact that the Bulls always do great against the teams that are above .500 but the other teams not so great because they tend to struggle.
Sam: I hope they can bring their lunch panels to work now and start getting serious because they have to much outside influences nowadays. I remember when the Bulls of the 90’s nobody ever got hurt and that might be because the players weren’t as big as back then but the teams would always stay intact after the year and who they started with would be there the entire year. I am worried now about the Bulls because they can’t seem to keep a squad together or should I say a consistent squad together. This doesn’t really go well for teams that have this sort of problem but nowadays every team seems to have the same sort of problems in the NBA. I’m really hoping the Bulls can really get it together and grind it out and play tough defense because I think they’ll be O.K.
John: I’m thinking, not just the Bulls but NBA teams in general, teams need to stay intact. I’m not thinking it is the grueling schedules because if you take a look back at the old days back when Julius Erving would play with the hair he had, you would play 3 or 4 straight nights but back in those days you had to fly commercial airlines and there were some planes that would have to be delayed like a couple of hours but now every NBA team has their own private luxury. Now guys only think about the playoffs so if they are tired they get a rest until they feel better and so it might be grueling but I don’t think it’s as bad as it was in past years.
Bill: I’m thinking some of the injuries and the issues is defense. The game now is so much more defensive then it was five, 10 years ago. Thibs (Bulls head coach) and Popovich (Spurs head coach) have different coaching styles. Popovich is playing for the playoffs. He purposely lets those guys lay back because they can win moving slow. I don’t know how they do it but they can move slow and take their time. The Bulls though are a mean bulldog because they got to play defense. Like in (recent games) it was ugly because the Bulls have to play defense. The Bulls have been scoring more but their defense is weaker because you can’t be going inside and scoring a bunch of points and hoping the big guys are going to defend on the other end after scoring down low. The game has become defensive and this affects the injuries as well. (Recently) they were pulling the guy’s arm down, Tony Snell’s arm down as he went up for a lay-up. You can’t take a whole lot of that and so you have guys coming in Kamikaze flying through the air and people hacking at them. I think the game has gotten tougher, I think it was the Bulls big run taught everybody ‘you better play defense’ and the game has changed.
Russell: I agree with Bill but I also think it has to do with the Bulls chemistry too. I watched a game where the Bulls had about 20 turnovers. The Bulls couldn’t do anything right. The passing was off, the shooting was off, and everybody was off. I was like ‘what’s going on here?’ So I was thinking when you change up the line-up like that because when Dunleavy came back to the line-up we started winning but when Taj Gibson got hurt we started losing again. To many line-up changes due to injuries so there is lack of chemistry.
John: I think its also about the place the team is in because if they are in the 7th or 8th seed they don’t play as much. I remember when (Michael) Jordan, (Larry) Bird, and Magic (Johnson) all were playing they took every game seriously and I don’t think you have that sort of mindset anymore from players.
Russell: Exactly those guys took every game seriously.