Chicago Bulls Might Be Better off Tanking the Season Next Year
Their boring big man nicknamed the "Big Fundamental" came to them 15 years ago in the draft lottery after a 20-62 season. In normal circumstances that wouldn't be such a big deal, but that was a team that already had David Robinson.
Robinson happened to have an injury-plagued 1996-97 season that led to Tim Duncan falling right into the Spurs' lap.
That's right—their star player missed most of the season. While it might have been tough to swallow back then for Spurs fans, they have been smiling ever since to the tune of four championships under Duncan with a fifth very possible come June.
Wednesday is the NBA draft lottery, and just four short years ago, the ping pong balls bounced the Bulls' way to the tune of the local hero wearing his home team's colors.
Is it better to be mediocre and possibly make the playoffs next year with no realistic chance of winning, or hope to strike gold twice in the lottery?
Players don't think that way. They only think about winning, but should fans have the same thought pattern?
I remember seasons when the Chicago Bears could have been near the top of the draft if they would have kept up with their losing ways. Instead, they would win a meaningless game or two at the end of the season. All that did was sabotage their future.
Is it worth winning when losing can be more beneficial?
The draft is a crap-shoot. Some years you get a Rose, Duncan, Shaq or LeBron. Other years it might be a Michael Olowokandi.
But isn't it worth taking the chance for a possible dynasty?
If the NBA didn't have the rule that teams can't draft high school players anymore, it's possible Rose could be joined by Jabari Parker, a fellow Simeon alum who recently graced the cover of Sports Illustrated as the best high school player since LeBron.
While the Bulls have no shot at him, Shabazz Muhammad is at the top of draft boards for 2013. He's an elite wing player who could give Rose the scoring threat he so sorely needs.
As of now, we don't know if he's going to turn out to be the real deal or a bust. Maybe some other player will come out of nowhere and be the next big thing.
All of that is the unknown. The known is that next year is going to be ugly for Chicago Bulls fans.
Wouldn't it be nice if a down season for the Bulls because of an injury to their star player turned out as well as it did for San Antonio?
Would you be okay with that?
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