Any panic from members within the Chicago Bulls organization would be premature given how early it is in the season, CSN Chicago's Aggrey Sam writes. Chicago blew a 27-point lead in Monday's 93-92 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, but the team is still in a pretty good position given how little of the season has already passed.
Even at 6-7 on the season, Sam sees numerous teams across the league that are in less desirable positions, such as the Indiana Pacers and Philadelphia 76ers. Those teams have problems (lack of development from Roy Hibbert and Paul George in Indiana, Andrew Bynum's injury issues in Philly) that could be considered worse than Chicago's.
Sam does go into some detail about the Bulls' well-known bench issues this season --used only three reserves in the loss to Milwaukee -- but his tone was consistently in support of the decisions that the Bulls' coach has made.
Reserves like Marco Belinelli, Vladimir Radmanovic and Nazr Mohammed have struggled to contribute so far, which has put pressure on Thibodeau to push his starters. This issue is only magnified when one adds in the team's inability to score consistently with Kirk Hinrich and Nate Robinson handling point guard duties.
With those issues at point guard clearly limiting the Bulls' offense, Sam does make an interesting suggestion, wondering if first-round pick Marquis Teague might deserve an opportunity to run the offense at some point. The rookie certainly has some characteristics that the Bulls could use, but his inexperience is the obvious question mark.