Derrick Rose wasn’t even there. The high scorer for the Bulls had 17 and the Bobcats got behind by about 30 early and never really closed the gap. This is what misery feels like, this is what it sounds like, and as a fan, this is when you start to question if your time and effort are really worth it.
I was actually in the building last night, for a rare appearance in the Queen City. Other than seeing a few old friends and hoisting some beverage, there was very little that made me glad I made the 2 and a half hour drive. There was no player in double figures for the Bobcats until the final minutes, when Derrick Brown completed his ten point effort.
As Ricky B! Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer put it, the Bobcats had more air-balls at the free throw line than double-digit scorers. Desagana Diop followed up his horrible attempt that has been labelled the worst attempt ever, with another air ball that didn’t touch any part of the basket. Bismack Biyombo had one as well, but his don’t seem epidemic.
The Bulls weren’t all that impressive, which is what makes Derrick Rose so impressive. While they won’t lose many games without him, they don’t look that great. It’s possible that they’re an incredibly deep team, therefore with their superstar and newly minted All-Star Luol Deng, with the deep bench and fundamental strength and defense, they could be legit come playoff time. There was even scoring from top to bottom for the Bulls, with Boozer, Noah, Deng and John Lucas III the only players in double figures, Noah topping out at 17.
I’m not quite ready to say no one knows what they’re doing at 333 E. Trade, because there are still injuries, and the team does rely on inexperienced players. It’s very bad. Very, very bad and hard to watch.