The Chicago Bulls have some difficult decisions to make in the days and months ahead. Now that Derrick Rose has officially been ruled out for the rest of the season following a successful surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee, what to do next has officially become the No. 1 issue (no pun intended) surrounding the team this year.
A few weeks ago, the hot topic in the NBA was “tanking," or teams trying to lose their way into the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery. It's sure to be a class as loaded as the one in ‘03 that featured the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony. Or the superstar-laden class of ’96 with sure-fire Hall of Famers like Allen Iverson, Ray Allen, Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash.
Who would have thought that less than a month into the regular season, the Chicago Bulls would be a team on “tank watch"?
But that’s the reality as a core assembled almost four years ago to compete for a title will surely be dismantled and rebuilt now. Luol Deng most likely will be traded instead of being allowed to walk in free agency. Kirk Hinrich could also be moved as well.
It doesn't mean these things will certainly happen, nor does it guarantee the Bulls a chance to draft Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins if they do, It makes sense, though, considering this was billed a “championship or bust” season and Rose going down with his second knee injury and surgery in an 18 month time span is about as “bust” as it gets.
Of course, the Bulls front office has been known to surprise us with their past decisions – allowing Nate Robinson to leave town very quickly comes to mind – but playing for the postseason this year seems futile. It seems the best course of action now is to just blow it all up and start from scratch.