5 Most Frustrating Players on the Chicago Bulls' Roster
When Carlos Boozer grunts “gimme that ~expletive~ (ball)” while grabbing a rebound, does it not frustrate you? What about when Luol Deng has been quiet offensively the entire game, decides that since the Bulls are down by 10 points, finally he should start shooting? We find ourselves screaming at the television “where have you been?”
Whether we love them, hate them or despise them, when they win, we will root for them. Chicago Bulls players can at times, be very frustrating.
Both Boozer and Deng are talented players who are polarizing for one reason or another. I will get into why they can get under our skin. Sadly, they are not the only Bulls’ players that frustrate us.
5. Joakim Noah Taking over on Offense
When Joakim Noah tries to do too much, the Bulls are doomed. This begins and ends with his offense.
We all love the fact that Noah looks to score whenever he needs to. I for one, wish that Bulls would run a few offensive plays for him.
This would force the defense to play him honestly and free up options for others as the game progresses. There is no reason why Noah cannot be a regular contributor with 15 points a game.
What is frustrating is Noah often rushes his offense, and it spells disaster in the form of turnovers and confusion.
For instance, how many times last season did Noah get the ball on a fast break? Think about how often the Bulls scored when he led the fast break.
If there is a trailer nearby, Noah must make the pass and get into position for the dunk, not take the ball himself only to dribble it off his leg.
Noah tried to make a play by himself instead of trusting his teammates.
4. Where Is Luol Deng for the Full Four Quarters?
Luol Deng, where art thou, Luol Deng?
It burned my britches watching Deng take over games last season when the Bulls were down. I cannot recall how many times did Deng decided to do whatever it took for the victory.
The frustration builds because we do not see this version of Deng during the game’s entirety. His sense of urgency to score often does not come until the fourth quarter.
It also seems that he has fallen for the three-point shot.
According to hoopsdata.com, Deng averaged just as many three-point attempts (4.0) as he did mid-range shots (4.1). Deng shot a career-low 35 percent from that range and 39.5 percent from three. His shooting percentage at the rim was 62.4 percent but he attempted a career-low of 3.4 shots.
Last season’s 15.3 points per game was the lowest in three years.
"During the first two games, [Deng] didn't shoot the ball well, but I thought he played well," said Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau. "He's moving without the ball, he's cutting hard, he's making the extra pass and he's playing really good defense. Tonight, he was terrific offensively. His body was in [constant] motion and he got out and ran the floor well."
Those quotes gave us a look at what it would take Deng to become a consistent 20-point scorer. Can someone please remind him that he should not stand in the corner to wait for open three-point shots? He can be unstoppable, if he moved without the ball, that is.
3. Richard Hamilton Being Sold to Us as the Answer
Richard Hamilton was hurt more often than when he was healthy. He was supposed to be the shooting guard that the Bulls have needed to get them over the hump. What we saw was a player who, when he was healthy, was an invisible man in the fourth quarter.
We can point the finger at Thibodeau for sitting Hamilton but we must blame Hamilton for being ineffective when he played.
The Bulls sold him unto us as the answer. Hamilton ended up the answer to this question: What frustrated us more than Hamilton’s health and ineffectiveness?
If he does not bounce back by having a healthy season, the Bulls must end our frustration by setting him free.
2. Hey Boozer, Why Do You Have to Shout All the Time?
Does Carlos Boozer have to shout every time the ball is in play?
You have to hide the kids whenever he is going up for a rebound or when a fellow Bulls’ teammate has the ball in the post.
He is infamous for the “dunk his ~expletive~” phrase that makes us want to ask him this question.
When you have the ball, can you “dunk his ~expletive~” yourself? Stop settling for the elbow jump shot, take the ball into the post and slam it down, Big Fella!
It is frustrating to watch Boozer do more grunting and shouting, while providing us less action. It is more frustrating to know that he is one of the most unstoppable players in the low post.
Last season, Boozer shot 68.1 percent (only 4.2 shot attempts) at the rim with 73.4 percent of the time coming from a pass in the post. I have long stated that Boozer deserves more touches in the post. This is the reason why he should.
I would also love to hear Noah bark “dunk his ~expletive~” back at Boozer.
1. Derrick Rose and His Injury
Watching Derrick Rose in street clothes is the most frustrating thing for us.
Looking at the Bulls this season, they would have a chance at the NBA championship if Rose were fully healthy. Last season was supposed Rose’s coming-out party, the moment when he solidifies himself as a top-3 player by leading the Bulls to the NBA Finals.
We are now subjected to watch the Bulls have their share of struggles, while locating their identities during the season. The Bulls do not yet know what type of team they will be, forcing us to ponder what if Rose had been healthy. Watching intently and saying to ourselves and to anyone who will listen, this was supposed to be our year.
We cannot truly blame Rose for his injury; freak accidents happen in sports.
We cannot blame ourselves for hoping Rose will return once he is medically cleared to play. We want a winner at all cost. The injury to Rose robs us of a perceived winner.
We will continue to be frustrated.
I Can't Decide Whether It Is Okay to Cheer for Brian Scalabrine or Not
I can only speak for myself but seeing Brian Scalabrine in a suit with a clipboard will be frustrating.
There are a few reports about the “White Mamba” being in line to join the Bulls’ coaching staff. I have little doubt that he will make an excellent coach because he is already coaching from the sidelines as a teammate. He knows the game of basketball and as a recent player, he understands the psyche of today’s NBA.
My frustration is deciding whether I can cheer for him or not.
I used to be able to chant “Sca-la-brin-e” every time he stepped onto the basketball court. I must rethink how I cheer for him from this point on.
To be continued.