The Chicago Bulls, having at the turn of the year been hyped as potential NBA champions, are enduring a retched run of form and star man Derrick Rose has just about had enough of it.
Speaking in the aftermath of another lacklustre defeat, this time a 108-94 reverse against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night, Rose broke ranks to criticize his teammate's lack of effort and communication.
Venting his frustration
Rose's outburst comes with the Bulls having lost four of their last six outings and with fans of the Windy City franchise beginning to vent their frustration in the direction of the team, his comments are sure to make an impact on head coach Tom Thibodeau.
"Everybody has to be on the same page," Rose told the Chicago Tribune when quizzed on just what is going wrong in Chicago right now.
"Until then, we're going to continue to get our ass kicked...We're not communicating while we're on the floor to one another. Everybody is quiet. Trust plays a part, but communicating on defense in a team sport is huge."
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The Bulls, a team averaging in the mid-90s in terms of points conceded before their recent slump, have given up 100-plus points in their past five games and Rose has clearly had enough:
"We’ve got to give a better effort. It seems like we’re not even competing. It’s (bleeping) irritating.”
And after this latest defeat even Thibodeau is having second thoughts regarding the current Bulls set up.
"“Right now, we’re not a multiple-effort team. We’re not concentrating. We’re not doing our jobs. We have to change that.”
With their main man on defense (and reigning Defensive Player of the Year) Joakim Noah having been sidelined in recent weeks with injury, Chicago are clearly struggling to adapt.
Noah has missed the last three straight with a sprained ankle and Bulls fans, as well as his teammates, will be hoping for a speedy recovery before they slip any further down the Eastern Conference rankings.