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Should The Chicago Bulls “Tank” This Season Now That Derrick Rose Is Out For The Rest Of The Year?

Submitted by on November 25, 2013 – 1:21 pmNo Comment
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Derrick Rose is officially out for the rest of the 2013-14 NBA season. On Friday night, during a game against the Portland Trail Blazers, the Chicago Bulls guard tore the meniscus in his right knee. And he underwent surgery on his knee earlier today, which allowed doctors to repair the torn meniscus. But unfortunately, the tear was reportedly so bad that he will not be able to return to the court for the rest of the season. And just like that, any hopes that the Bulls had of making a real run at the 2014 NBA Finals went down the drain…

There’s always next year, though, right? Er, maybe. At this point, the Bulls need to take a good, long, hard look in the mirror and figure out what they want to do moving forward. As dynamic a player as Rose is, injuries are now becoming a trend for him so it’s going to be hard for them to rely on him in the future. Can he make a return to the court next year and play for them again? Of course. He will be back. But in the meantime, the Bulls should probably think about retooling their team and “tanking” the rest of the season in order to get a better draft slot for the 2014 NBA Draft. It would allow them to add a quality piece to their team next summer—the draft is stacked in 2014 and even lower lottery picks will have access to top-notch players—and it would allow them to put their name back into the championship hunt almost immediately.

So how can they go about “tanking”? For starters, they can trade Luol Deng, who is in the final year of his contract right now. They can also see what kind of draft picks and players they can get for guys like Joakim Noah and possibly Carlos Boozer. They can’t—and shouldn’t—totally sell off their team. But even if the Bulls make the playoffs, they don’t have a team that’s good enough to make it through the first round this season. So they should start thinking about next season now and rebuild their team so that when Rose does return they have the pieces in place to start contending for a title.

Do you agree with this strategy? Do the Bulls need to think about “tanking” this season in order to rebuild for next year? Or do you think they should continue to try and do what they can to contend even though their team isn’t good enough to win a title this season? Let us know in the comments section below.

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