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If an agreement is not made and the NBA does impose a lockout on the players, this could be the most damaging thing to the Bulls. If the lockout becomes lengthy, dark clouds will begin to surround the Chicago area.
Why does a long lockout hurt the Bulls?
A team with a young core needs to be together, grow together, and get back out on the court together. While I’m sure Derrick Rose and company will run their own practices, not being around Coach Tom Thibodeau will not be ideal.
Would a short season stunt the growth of Chicago’s MVP?
Do you think the Boston Celtics would enjoy a lockout shortened season?
Nothing would make the Celtics happier, the trio of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen make one last run together not worrying about minutes played, or days off to rest playing only a 50-game season.
You can also include the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers in that veteran team mix that would have veteran savvy in a short season.