A game against the Jazz? Eh, not so interesting, the Bulls should have a shot at winning, but like all games with half a roster they'll have to play hard, mistake free, and hope for the best. The comedy of the Bulls jet breaking down combined with the minds of realgm? Priceless.
When that engine blew I bet Thibs was saying, "We still have more than enough to fly with."
LOL He was probably giving the pilots sh*t for turning the plane back too soon. Just gotta find a way to fly. The when one engine breaks down the next engine's gotta step up.
We can't let the engines distract us from the goal, which is to focus on getting to Indianapolis.
The plane's not coming back until it's 110%.
The good news is that the Bulls hired Fred Tedeschi to repair the plane.
"Pretty cool of Cuban to borrow the Bulls his plane." -- be even cooler if he would let Jerry borrow his desire to win at all co$ts
Fred cleared the plane right before takeoff.
Looks like the Bulls pilot was in favor of tanking.
Reggie Rose is demanding that the rest of the fleet be upgraded. Nick Friedell is reporting that the plane will be dismantled and sold for scrap.
Nick Friedell would be reporting that our plane couldn't beat Miami's
"Engine 3 just has to focus on its rehab. The rest of the engines have to focus on our next destination."
Does anybody know if the plane is amnesty eligible?
Thibs: The plane's repair is right on schedule. It's not ahead of schedule or behind schedule. We're gonna take things step by step.
"They will continue to use the same plane the rest of season" -- Bulls medical staff gave it the clear to go
We NEED a two-plane. The one plane we have can't carry the team on it's back anymore. Get it some help. Why not trade one of our team bus? WE HAVE ASSETS GARPAX!!!
This plane's obviously not a starter. Watch, someone still signs it to a max this offseason. Let him walk, .. err fly, he can be a cancer elsewhere.
Should have traded it before it expires. Morey would have taken it.
"Amnesty the plane?" -- Reinsdorf would never amnesty. It's not even an option.
This plane has lodged too many minutes this season, Thibs is running it into the ground.
Morning comedy aside, the Bulls get this one home game before heading off on a three game west coast trip to take on the Lakers, Kings, and Warriors. Looking at that four game spread, the two games you'd like to think the Bulls would win are this one and the Kings game. The Lakers have been playing much better of late and are no longer an easy out. The Warriors are tough as well.
The Jazz are no pushovers and until the Bulls get Kirk and Gibson back it's a stretch to mark them serious favorites over pretty much any team in the league. I'd say even calling this game a push is probably being generous given the roster hitting the floor. It's frustrating watching the team flail around, but any team missing it's superstar than three more rotation players after that (including two additional starters) is going to struggle badly.
It's amazing how Thibs has generally held the team together as much as he has under the circumstances.
The last time the Bulls played the Jazz Chicago won largely due to winning the hustle board. They didn't shoot quite as well as Utah, but they had a few more offensive boards, a few less turnovers and that was enough to get it done. The Bulls were also missing Hinrich for that game, but Nate Robinson had one of his 'good Nate' days, something we haven't seen in quite some time.
Mandatory Rose update
Does it feel cynical to wonder if the Bulls asked Rose to sit on the bench right before the playoff ticket deadline? Then he disappeared from the bench again the next game. You'd like to think the organization isn't that transparent, but I don't know if I believe that.
No one has mentioned a drop dead date with Derrick Rose coming back, and I'd wonder if one really exists. Rose has been practicing with the team in 5 on 5s for quite some time now, so I'd think even if you wanted to bring him back with 5 games left and for the playoff run that you'd be able to do so. It would be tough to bring a guy back in just for the playoffs without any regular season action, but even that scenario isn't entirely implausible given how long he will have practiced in 5-5s with the team.
I'd love to be a fly on the wall in Bulls practice to see how Rose is performing against his teammates. Is he really going full speed? Is he destroying Nate Robinson? Is he still struggling out there? If he's crushing the guys he's going up against, you'd have to think guys would start to get a bit aggravated that he's not coming back, and if he isn't then you have to be a bit concerned about where he's at. Either way, we've reached the point with Derrick where there's only one story that can play out well for him. The one where he returns to the court for a game.