At the end of the 2002-2003 season the Cleveland Cavaliers knew they were not going to contend and they knew they were not going to do well, in turn they decided to lose and therefore increase their chances of receiving Lebron James with the number 1 pick in that Junes draft.
Earlier this year the Bulls were in the middle tier of the Eastern Confrence in a fierce fight for position 5 or 6, since then the Bulls have gone on a 4 game losing streak and are 5 and 5 in their last 10, they are quickly falling out of the race for the final play-off spot in the East.
A lot of this down spell is due to the loss of starting centre Joakim Noah who if medical experts are correct will be out for 3 weeks with plantar fasciitis, he brought to the team a hustle unmatched in the league (except Kevin Garnett) and also grabbed rebounds (lots of them 11.4 before going down).
So does this down spell mean that the Bulls should lose and increase their chances of a high Draft Pick maybe around the 10th to 12th pick instead of the 15th to 17th pick, therefore allowing them to pick up the likes of Xavier Henry, Cole Aldrich, Greg Monroe or even Donatas Motiejunas instead of Gani Lawal or Luke Babbitt.
A staring line-up on Rose, Henry, Deng, Gibson and Noah is to be exceptionally young and talented while also having enough play-off experience to maybe force some upsets.
On the other hand a starting line-up of Rose, Wade, Deng, Gibson and Noah would be serious title contenders especially if a player of Henry's skill level drops to the 16th pick and the Bulls are able to pick him up and use him as a sixth man off the bench along side Kirk Hindrich who can fill in at the one giving the Bulls a very deep and very good back-court combo.
I personally hoped that without Noah, the Bulls would step up and still make the play-off's now however my opinions have changed, the Bulls need some extra pieces to be considered a contender, a piece in the draft, a valued Free Agent and this team could be more Elite than Sup-Par.
This team could bring back happy thoughts to those Chicago fans who lost all hope when MJ retired the first time and hopefully one day bring a Championship back to the Windy City a city that many of you love.
What do you think people should the Chicago Bulls lose and increase their draft stock or should they continue to fight for a losing cause?
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