Today, after their afternoon training camp practice, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was asked what his preference for the regular rotation of players would be, and apparently, Thibs is leaning towards going with nine deep. From Sam Smith of the Chicago Bulls website, here’s what Thibs had to say:
Thibs on rotation: "My first two years we played nine; sometime ten. Ten is hard; most likely nine."— Sam Smith (@SamSmithHoops) October 1, 2014
If the case is indeed true – that Thibs will go with a nine-man rotation – then it immediately leads one to wonder, who will be left out? As safe an educated guess at this point in time can confidently predict seven guys are absolute locks: Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson, Mike Dunleavy, and Kirk Hinrich.
No Doug McDermott? What about Nikola Mirotic? How about Tony Snell? Those unfamiliar to Thibodeau’s substitution style would be correct to ask where three of Chicago’s most important pieces moving forward might fit into the fold this season.
Well, for as much as Chicago gave up to obtain McDermott, as much praise as Mirotic has received, and as well as Snell played in summer league – it remains unclear where and how Thibodeau uses the young guns.Read more... Join the Conversation...