Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson is frustrated with the team’s recent stretch of play, describing himself as “embarrassed.”
The Bulls have lost two straight games to the New York Knicks, who entered Friday in 12th in the Eastern Conference. Chicago entered Friday in ninth, 1 1/2 games out of a playoff spot.
“Hell yeah, I'm embarrassed,” Gibson said after the Bulls’ loss Thursday. “And it’s frustrating when we come up short, and we look at ourselves, we’re losing to ... I don’t want to criticize any[body], [but] trash teams. Everybody’s in the NBA for a reason, but we’re playing against teams that are not playing for anything, and we’re just laying down. It feels like now we’re a target. It feels like teams are not taking us serious.”
The Bulls are currently in their first season under coach Fred Hoiberg. Beset by injuries, Chicago is in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
The Bulls have been one of the conference’s best teams the last five seasons, winning at least 45 games each year. Last year, in Tom Thibodeau’s final season with the club, Chicago finished 50–32 and made it to the conference semifinals.