by Carlos Nazario
The key to the Bulls D is everyone playing together and not deviating from that.
The NBA season is about a quarter done, and we are finding out that this Chicago Bulls is a great TEAM. No, the Bulls do not have the Big 3 like the Miami Heat or Boston Celtics. They do not have an iconic superstar (yet) like the Los Angeles Lakers. There is just no sizzle or flash to the Bulls.
The Bulls own the best record in the NBA at 15-3. No Bull is in the top 10 in any category except assists (Derrick Rose-4th). All they do, to steal the words of DJ Khaled, is win, win, win.
What they do have is a singular focus on team success. Their coach, Tom Thibodeau (a man not many heard of until last season), has a philosophy of team everything, and the players have bought into it. Of course, it helps that the best player, Derrick Rose, is the first to buy it. It can be the most difficult thing to do but Rose puts it simply: “His job is to come up with the game plan, my job is to execute it.”
Thibodeau has the Bulls playing every minute of every game. Guard Ronnie Brewer acknowledges that the players want to use their instincts and gamble, but Thibodeau preaches against it. “It’s tough for us, because it’s all instinct. You want to go gambling and go get the ball. For the good of the team, you can’t really pick your spots, and you’ve just got to play the defense.”
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