We try harder

So at the “emergency” team meeting Thibs called on Thursday to address the previous night’s 42-point loss, the theme of his speech is reported to have been summed up with just one word:

Try.

And try they did, as the Bulls faced the Warriors in Oakland last night.

Our Bulls are back. That’s the kind of Bulls team about which I can get excited. That kind of Bulls basketball, you can be proud to watch on ABC, TNT, NBA-TV. I think I dozed off for a few minutes, and when I awoke, a bit confused, I figured they were showing highlights of yesteryear. Of some other Bulls team.

This couldn’t be the ’12-’13 Bulls?

Today I got my Bulls shirts back out, and could wear one proudly to the Club. No more hiding.

And I had been thinking, since Wednesday, that growing desperate; our Bulls had concocted a rather surprising strategy. That being to see just how dismal of a performance they could employ in order to guilt Mr. Rose to re-joining them. They certainly achieved that goal on Wednesday.

In fact, they had done a pretty darn good job of it through February, culminating with the nightmare at the Sleep Train arena.

Since even the 42-point loss and all-around embarrassing play were not enough to incent DRose to enter the lineup, I guess our Bulls figured they would just do the next-best thing – destroy the Warriors.

In retrospect, it was the right thing to do. They chose to win. They did more than try. They outworked them. There’s been this theme about intensity, especially as of late, but throughout the season, and always with the Bulls. Whether it was Norm Van Lier pleading for 48 minutes of intensity. Or on the opposite end of the spectrum, more recently – the Bulls’ lack of it.

Intensity sums it up.

Warriors Coach Mark Jackson had this to say: “Got outworked…We did not meet their intensity and that is the disappointing part of it because the fact of the matter is, we are not going to win ball games if we don’t do that.”

Hmm. It seems like Coach Jackson stole Thibs’ lines from the post-game press conferences these past several Bulls games.

I, for one, wouldn’t have minded joining the Bulls on the charter back from sunny CA to this lovely snowy Chicago St. Patrick’s Day celebration Saturday. Because I venture to say that was a pretty joyful group of lucky Irishmen on the four-hour flight (everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, right)?

Luck of the Irish?

If so, let’s hope it continues.

And if not, let’s hope our Bulls keeping trying.

PS – Countdown one week until the birthday game. Watch out Pacers.

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