The Chicago Bulls can't get much done without Kirk Hinrich. The offense has fallen apart and games against the Heat and Thunder recently have shown just how far away they are from competing without a viable PG in the lineup. The question becomes how much difference would a healthy Kirk and Derrick make?
For about five minutes, the Bulls hung with the Thunder, but you knew it would end. They forced OKC into numerous turnovers and Kevin Durant couldn't hit the broad side of the barn, but through that the Bulls were just holding even. You knew OKC would find its offense, and you knew Chicago wouldn't.
It didn't take long for OKC to put the game out of reach after that, and the Bulls ended up getting annihilated in OKC. The result likely didn't surprise anyone, the Bulls simply can't compete without Derrick and Kirk in there.
Thinking about it more, Reggie's comments are even worse than I thought
So initially, I thought Reggie Rose was a dumbass, but that was simply weighing his comments on the surface. With a little deeper thought, his comments are even worse. They asked in the broadcast if Reggie's comments put more pressure on Rose, and while I hadn't initially thought about it, they absolutely do.
If Rose doesn't come back now, he'll be answering questions all off-season long about whether he's taking a stance against management. He'll obviously say he's not, but it's like accusing someone of being an alcoholic then saying they're in denial if they respond that they're not. There's no answer he can give that will prove he's not sporting a petulant loser attitude.
Make no mistake, if Rose actually is sitting out to spite management, that he's a class A, Vince Carter-light, big time loser. While we can all sympathize with the frustration he may feel that response is the least acceptable thing in sports. He's getting paid 20 million a year of his contract to play the sport of basketball not to sit out and bitch about his team not being good enough.
What does that say about Rose to his teammates? What does it say to Deng who's playing through a torn ligament in his wrist for a year and a half, to Noah who's playing through plantar fasciitis? It says that Derrick Rose is the ultimate mentally weak, selfish, pussy.
So congratulations Reggie. If your brother sits out, that is the image you placed upon him.
Granted, I don't think Derrick would really sit out to spite management, but I'm sure as heck not sure about it. If his closest confident in the world is saying he might then obviously there's plenty of smoke there. I tend to think Reggie is venting his own frustrations and putting his own advice to Derrick out there, but it's a scary thought, but Reggie seeded an idea in my head that I would have never even considered otherwise.
To top it off, he didn't even achieve anything.
The Bulls couldn't do anything at the deadline, so he didn't add any pressure. It's too simple to say "look, no one significant changed teams, and we were capped out, what do you expect?". Make the same comment immediately after Asik left or after free agency this summer if nothing happens and the impact is huge.
Now Reggie just looks like a rabblerouser, and if he says anything else again, it's easy to dismiss him. So the net results of his comments is to weaken his own voice and put a crapload of extra pressure on his brother. Good job guy.
These losses could be worse
The Bulls now sit in sixth in the East, but the interesting thing about that is sixth is more appealing than fourth or fifth. While I could never root for a Bulls loss I'll take New York in the first and Indiana in the second over Brooklyn in the first and Miami in the second.
While the Bulls could easily get bounced by the Knicks, Nets, or Pacers, they have a shot to beat all three teams as well. They have no shot at beating Miami. A sixth seed leaves them for a better shot at real advancement in the playoffs than a fourth or fifth one does and also nets them a couple better slots in the draft.
I'm not suggesting the Bulls tank and lose games, I'm hoping they can win as many as possible because entering the playoffs in sixth also suggests they don't have the chemistry/quality of play to win. However, it's not the worst thing in the world if they lose a bunch of games due to injury, get healthy a few weeks before the playoffs and land in the sixth spot.