Some sports fan bases suffer from low self-esteem. The Detroit Lions, for instance, have not won a championship since 1957. So their fans jumped for joy when they signed Golden Tate a few years ago, a guy that the high self-esteem Seahawks did not need anymore, because they have had so little to celebrate. Another fan base lacking in self-esteem are fans of the Chicago Bulls.
A recovering alcoholic will tell you that the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. Bulls fans need to start admitting there is a self-esteem issue. It is apparent because of all the fanfare for an eighth playoff seed in a weak conference. Boston area teams are expected to make the playoffs. There is not a huge celebration when the Patriots make the playoffs because their fans hold the team to a higher level of excellence. The Steelers are expected to make deep playoff runs every year, so are the St. Louis Cardinals, and the San Francisco Giants, and the San Antonio Spurs. Not the Chicago Bulls. Fans are elated about their 41-41 playoff berth.
This Bulls season has been like a dysfunctional family from any number of reality television shows. They scored 102.9 points per game (23rd), shot 44% from the field (25th), allowed opponents to shoot 45% from the field (14th), and only forced 12.9 turnovers a game (20th). Off the court, the team, especially locker room leader Jimmy Butler, clearly does not respect head coach Fred Hoiberg and the players do not trust the front office. And let’s not forget the molotov cocktail in the locker room, Rajon Rondo, who cannot seem to get along with anyone in the NBA. (If you can’t get along with NBA royalty such as Dwyane Wade, Paul Pierce, Doc Rivers, Rick Carlisle and Dirk Nowitzki, then that is saying a lot.) This roster has been constructed without any rhyme or reason. The Wade acquisition was merely to pacify the fans after trading Derrick Rose to New York, essentially swapping one hometown product for another.
What makes matters even worse is the fans. #SeeRed Nation has helped the Bulls lead the league in attendance at 888,882. Some are still holding on to the glory days of MJ, while others are just too damn close to the trees to see the forest. Where are the Bulls after they get trounced by the high self-esteem Boston Celtics in the first round? They will not get a good draft pick and elite free agents never come to the Chi.
In today’s hot take media, here is a scorching one: the Chicago Bulls have always been a middling franchise. They were bailed out by an all-time great player and coach, but they get away with mediocrity thanks to the lack of self-esteem by its fans.
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