So while the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks were up in Toronto getting blown out, yes blown out 7-3 by the Toronto Maple Leafs, our Bulls took the rap from none other than the visiting Toronto Raptors. Indeed, another loss, this time by 22 points! And the Bulls didn’t even manage to score 80 points in the 99-77 fiasco.
I don’t like Canada so much anymore.
It’s time for a team meeting, which seems to have started, post-game in the locker room by none other than Jo.
“[Losing] also shows people’s true colors. Who’s willing to keep fighting through the adversity or who’s going to say, ‘You know what? I don’t want any part of this and I’m just going to take bad shots and just not care at all about making winning plays and playing defense,’ and things like that. So everybody has to stick together, everybody has to jell and keep fighting together.”
“I think everybody will [keep fighting]. That’s the makeup of this team. Everybody has high character,” he said. “It’s tough to lose, but it’s all about how you deal with adversity.
“No excuses. But I know that we’re capable of a lot better than that. We can’t get frustrated. Our effort has to be a lot better to play winning basketball. But it’s going to come,” Noah continued. “I felt like our effort was good in spurts, but not throughout the game, not as good as it has to be to win a basketball game, so that’s disappointing. We don’t say that too much. But we’ve just got to keep grinding and get better.”
Yeah, what he said.
Here’s what another co-captain, or tri-captain, whatever, here’s what Luol said.
“I’m definitely confident. I think we’re going through it right now, up and down, guys getting hurt. We’ve had seasons here where everybody was healthy and at the end of the year, everybody got hurt. So hopefully this year, it’s the other way around. We’ve just got to stay positive. I think we’re going to get better as the year goes on. Hopefully guys can stay healthy. It’s a long season and we’ve learned in the past that it’s really who’s the healthiest team and the team who has the best rhythm at the end of the year, most of the time, that’s who’s going to win it.”
“You’ve got to be an example. Guys are looking at you. You’ve got to be positive. You’ve just got to talk to guys and just staying positive and sticking with it, it’s not always going to go your way, but being on both sides, the winning side and the losing side, you’ve just got to stick with it. When things aren’t going your way, you work harder and try to get things right. You can’t just let it beat you up. Whether you get in the gym, watch film, try harder and harder until you get it right.”
So it’s back to the gym, and to watching tape, and to imploring the basketball gods for mercy. It appears that the Devil is not a Bulls fan.
On the upside, I had considered attending the game, to build on this winter’s Canadian theme I started with the Thanksgiving trip to Toronto. So in retrospect, I guess it’s fortuitous that I got a nasty flu bug and couldn’t make it. And that’s about the only silver lining to this entire disaster.
Or, perhaps I was just hallucinating, and the nightmare I thought I saw was really just a feverish dream.
Eagerly awaiting the return of our real Bulls, and anxious to say au revoir to the ImposterBulls.