It's all anybody's talking about here these days. The Bulls are 0-4 heading into Thursday night's game against the Pistons, and a growing chorus of fans and media is clamoring for the Lakers' superstar.
There was even a story in the gossip pages that Bryant was thinking of buying
(Imagine that. Bryant actually living in MJ's old house while playing for the Bulls. Sounds like one for
Whatever the case, these Bulls fans apparently didn't hear general manager
Either that, or they don't want to believe him.
"It's not going to end," Bulls forward
Many fans apparently have seen enough this year to decide that they'd like to see Bryant in a Bulls uniform. Despite lofty expectations, Chicago has dropped its first four contests to the Nets (in OT), Sixers, Bucks and Clippers. Its offense has been anemic, ranking in the NBA's bottom three in points and field goal percentage.
On Tuesday, the Bulls blew a fourth-quarter lead to a Clippers team without
There are plenty of reasons for Chicago's dismal start:
But the real problem for the Bulls is that they don't have a legitimate go-to guy. Usually they get away with it. They hustle. They defend. They run their sets with precision. But when their outside shots aren't falling, as has been the case so far this season, they struggle.
The funny thing is how fickle fans can be. Last year it seemed most Chicago hoopheads didn't want anything to do with Bryant. They were proud of their scrappy little Bulls team and didn't want to break it up.
Now they appear willing to send Deng, Gordon and maybe a deep-dish pizza to L.A. for the disgruntled star.
"I'm really surprised [at their slow start]," he said. "
Maggette is probably right. The Bulls likely will work their way out of it. Wallace will get healthy. Smith will shore up the power forward spot. Gordon will start making shots. Chicago will go on and win its 45-50 games. After all, slow starts are nothing new for these guys. Two years ago, they started 0-9 and made the playoffs.
"We're not in any sort of panic mode or anything," Skiles said.
Still, there is a definite feeling among many Bulls observers that this team might have maxed out on the hard-work-and-hustle thing. If Chicago wants to get to the championship level, it might need to acquire a legitimate go-to guy.
Paxson hasn't said if he plans to get Lakers GM
It's starting to become crystal clear how many Bulls fans feel.