Much to his surprise, the Bulls' toughness has won over Bag Boy. (US Presswire )
Well, I said I wasn't going to do it, swore to myself it was never going to happen, ignored them for the entire first half of the season, pretended they didn't exist, and then, while I wasn't paying attention, I accidentally fell in love with them.
I'm speaking of the Chicago Bulls and darn it, they are freaking lovable. I have no idea how this happened. Seriously.
Wait, I know. Some guys at work were like "Hey, have you watched these guys play? They're really good. You should watch them."
Me: "What? Are you kidding? They've lost Derrick Rose for the season, they've traded Luol Deng, there's no one left on the roster who's worth watching. Who is going to score for them?"
Wrong. Wrong. Wrong again. They've won my heart by creating a new position. It's called "The Point Center" and it is being played masterfully by Joakim Noah.
Confession: Joakim, I was wrong about you. Sure, you're a flake, but you've come a long way from the clown suits, Courvoisier and weed at Florida.
Watch the Bulls. They run the entire offense through him. It's unreal. Cut passes to Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler playing aggressively, good guard play from players who were once lottery picks but have found new homes—that's you, Jimmer Fredette.
Of course, we're no better than what we were before. We're still behind the Miami studs and the Indiana Pacers, but come on, you can do a lot worse than watching guys who 1) share the basketball and 2) play tough, tough defense.
For all you AAU coaches who have wrecked the game, take note: The Bulls are here to fix it.
So fix yourself, Carmelo Anthony, take a pay cut, and come on board. I promise you'll win only three or four titles when Rose comes back, but that's better than the mopes you're playing with in New York.
Oh yeah, Coach Thibs will make a man out of you, guaranteed.
Also guaranteed: Chicago will not get a Super Bowl. So forget it, Rahm Emanuel. If you add another 5,000 seats to Soldier Field, we're still too small. Oh, and the weather. See: Blackhawks-Penguins, 2014.
Bag Boy is a RedEye special contributor.
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