Why are the Chicago Bulls underachieving?

Chicago Bulls are arguably the most disappointing team in the NBA this season.

With a roster full of talent, the team has grossly underachieved and lacked any real direction on the court, devoid of any leaders.

A portion of the blame can be directed at Coach Fred Hoiberg. Through the years, Chicago have had a clear identity based upon solid defense, toughness and basketball intelligence. No coach man better embodied this that former coach, Tom Thibodeau. Under him in the 2014/2015 season, Chicago won 50 games, finished third in the Eastern Conference and won a playoff series.

Now as it stands, the Bulls are 37-37 and sit two wins from a playoff place. Now, there is simply no room for error in their pursuit to make the playoffs. For odds on the NBA Playoffs and a huge selection of markets, check out the betting site Betway.

Thibodeau was a man totally dedicated to his team and gave the players his all, in return the players showed the same effort and respect towards him. Hoiberg has taken a different approach and is visibly not receiving the same effort players were giving to Thibodeau, it is almost as if completely buying into Hoiberg’s new methods would be betraying their old master.

Another reason for Chicago’s demise can be attributed to the absence of Joakim Noah. Since his 2007 arrival in the Windy City, the Center has lead the team in energy and leadership and dragged the Bulls through games when Derrick Rose was out for a season. Noah has the mentality of a ruthless winner and since his injury Chicago haven’t looked the same, plummeting down the standings. Noah and Pau Gasol look set to leave this summer and will be greatly missed.

The Chicago Bulls’ brand and iconic status is as legendary as it ever was, but they certainly do not have the team they once did. Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose are elite players, but after those two, Chicago are thin on Championship winning material. Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic are not players that can propel a team to title success and leaves the Bulls a shell of what they once were.

The predicament the Bulls find themselves in now, highlights how bizarre the firing of Thibodeau was and the need to now build sustainability.

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