After dropping to 6-21 on the campaign with a humiliating 133-77 loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday, the players reportedly texted each other to decide if they were going to attend practice.
While a handful of players wanted to forgo practice, veterans on the team were opposed to skipping it. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reported the news, noting players did appear at the practice facility but requested a players-only meeting before talking with coaches. Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic identified that it was Lauri Markkanen and Robin Lopez who voiced their concerns for skipping practice, adding:
“The texts started Saturday night and carried into Sunday morning. One idea that had significant support, according to sources, was the players simply not showing up to the Advocate Center on Sunday. A preliminary plan was to gather at one player’s house and wait for the phones to begin buzzing. That plan fizzled because Lauri Markkanen and Robin Lopez spoke up, voicing their concerns about the unprofessionalism of that potential act of rebellion, as well as the impact such a stance could have on the roster’s younger, less established players, sources said.”
The Chicago Bulls STINK. They are 6-21 on the season and just got boo’d off their own home court after losing by 56 points to the Boston Celtics. Their head coach lost his job last week. So naturally, the players on the team were straight up about to quit.
Thank gawd for the Finnisher, Lauri Markkanen, for being the voice of reason and explaining that it’s not a great look for a team of 24 year old players to just, ya know, quit. That might be frowned upon in NBA front offices, although, I can’t imagine Jabari Parker cares to much because he already robbed Chicago of a max he didn’t deserve.
What’s next for the Chicago Bulls?
Blow. It. Up.
The front-office combination of Gar Forman and John Paxson has done absolutely nothing but put together the worst roster in the NBA where no player is capable of playing defense and all of their offensive skills completely overlap before blaming Fred Hoiberg for their mistakes.
Fire and trade everyone and everything.
Thanks for reading.