Derrick Rose will miss another NBA season. The Chicago Bulls must now make an adjustment since Rose injured his left knee while playing in a game against the Portland Trailblazers.
Without Rose on the floor, the Bulls will not be able to defeat the Indiana Pacers or Miami Heat to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals. Their chance of having a successful season went away the moment Rose crashed to the floor while holding his left knee.
In turn, the Bulls must think about next year, today. The Bulls should do whatever it takes to be awful. They should become this year’s version of the Washington Generals (the team that serves as a perpetual punching bag for the Harlem Globetrotters).
The Bulls should tank the season and do whatever it takes to land a top five draft pick in next year’s NBA Draft. With college players such as Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Julius Randall possibly entering the draft, it could be the best NBA Draft since LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony entered in 2003.
If the Bulls could possibly land a top five player to team up with Rose next year, the team could turn a dreadful situation into something hopeful. In fact, the signing of Parker (a Chicago native who attended Rose’s high school) would be the perfect dream come true for Chicago fans.
However, at this point, the Bulls are good enough to make the Eastern Conference playoffs without Rose because of the weaker teams in the East. But they just aren’t good enough to win it all. As in real life, nothing is fair for the second-class teams of the NBA.