The Chicago Bulls Basically Boycotted Practice A Day After Finishing Off A Back-To-Back With A 56 Point Loss To The Celtics
What a story. I almost don't even have the words to express how I feel about an NBA player threatening to fine his own damn teammates, whatever that even means, if they showed up to work a day after the entire organization embarrassed themselves on the job. That's partially because it's nothing short of patently ridiculous, but it's also because I'm gasping for breath laughing at the type of messages that might have been exchanged in this JV-esque group chat amongst pissed off pros.
Now, I do think there is something to be said about treating players like professionals, and for an interim coach like Jim Boylen to repeatedly run a bad Bulls' team into the hardwood while they were still in the process of peeling themselves off of it wouldn't exactly have build up any mutual respect. I certainly understand the team's frustration, because if a lack of conditioning cost them 2+ hours of sprints and suicides then Lord only knows what type of torturous treatment they would have received on the heels of a 50+ point loss...
Unfortunately, there's also something to be said about demanding professional treatment through your actions. I hate to break this to the Bulls, but coming damn close to organizing a passive aggressive coup from the comfort of their own couches doesn't exactly paint a picture of maturity. Going straight to the NBPA with a complaint about insane practice habits before even confronting your interim coach men-to-man sort of makes me think they should run baseline-to-baseline until they find some damn discipline.
The truth is, both parties were laughably wrong in how they either went about things or planned to go about things, and yet neither of them are the most guilty party in an organization whose dysfunction drivels from the top down. Literally all of this idiocy is a byproduct of an entirely mismanaged franchise. Therefore, while I don't think it can realistically get any worse than players refusing to practice after losing by half a hundo, it's probably not getting all that much better any time soon. Especially is Jim Boylen really is sticking with the "management of fear" approach even after the Bulls got murdered and mocked by the team they took over for as the NBA's most flammable tire fire...