Jimmy Butler on Bulls: “We ain’t been playing no defense”
For four of the five years Tom Thibodeau was the head coach of the Bulls, they were a top five defensive team in the NBA. Last year, they took a step back. This season, their first under Fred Hoiberg, the focus has shifted decidedly to offense, which has been more dynamic so far. But it has also led to some troubling defensive efforts, including Tuesday night’s loss to the Hornets, where they gave up 130 points. Jimmy Butler, for one, isn’t happy about it.
There are going to be growing pains when a new coach is introducing his system, and it’s going to lead to games like this. Hoiberg’s main focus is playing with pace, and a byproduct of that is going to be giving up more points. But the Bulls’ effort on Tuesday night was nonexistent. It’s not going to be what it was under Thibodeau, but it at least has to be better than that.