Plenty more at the link as this is just one of the conclusionary paragraphs:
But team improvement wasn't necessary in this grand franchise plan. In
fact, the plan is not really a plan at all: it's to be lucky. The Bulls
may be positioning (and not there yet, depending on some cap variables)
to acquire a max free-agent, and it'll be tough for me to call it an
achievement of the team if they're able to pull it off: it'll mostly
just be a fortunate occurrence.
And if you look throughout NBA history for how teams become
championship contenders, a lot of it is indeed luck. The Bulls already
had more than their share given their improbable lottery victory two
summers ago. But now, though seeing improvement from Noah and a
bounce-back year from Deng is a big help, they need another massive
stroke of luck to be relevant again. Whether they get that or not, it
stinks that it's not only what the franchise could use, but what
they're absolutely banking on. Their front office is certainly not
making their way back to the top by being good at their jobs.
I definitely see where Matt is coming from here, and I agree with most of his post. It's not time to panic or worry. The record is in a good spot right now, and the schedule will lighten up. The one point I'll disagree on is management merely getting lucky if it gets a star in 2010.
If you wanted to be a player in 2010 then you had to make certain moves to make that happen. The Bulls made those moves, and if they do sign someone then I don't see how you can call it luck. It was a process of careful design to create that signing. There were numerous sacrifices along the way to put the Bulls in that position.
I'm glad they went with the plan, and I think it was absolutely the right move whether it works or not. Quite simply, they took a chance on acquiring a superstar. Maybe it will fail, but if it does they're not notably worse off. If it succeeds they can vault into the legitimate title contender realm.