Bulls need astronaut training before moon landing, per Billy Donovan
The Chicago Bulls are on a four-game losing streak, with all four losses coming in crunch time. The latest defeat saw the Bulls blow a 22-point lead against the Oklahoma City Thunder, including a 16-point lead in the final four-plus minutes.
Billy Donovan shares a metaphor about #Bulls needing to learn how to win:
“I’d like to go to the moon. I really would. I have no interest in doing what it takes to become an astronaut. So like, ‘I want to win.’ OK, great. Are you really willing to do what goes into winning?"
— Cody Westerlund (@CodyWesterlund) January 16, 2021
When Donovan accepted the vacant head coaching job in Chicago, he knew it wasn’t going to be an overnight turnaround. The team is filled with young players like Zach LaVine, Coby White, Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr. and rookie Patrick Williams, and none of them have experienced winning at the NBA level.
The Bulls have had their shares of ups and downs already this season. After starting 0-3, they rallied to get to 4-4. But now the four-game losing streak has them at 4-8 and near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.
Of course, Donovan would love to begin winning immediately and not have to worry about motivating his team to secure victories. However, before his Bulls can begin righting the ship, Donovan believes the players on the roster need to put in the work and learn from their mistakes in order to win these games.
There’s no doubt that the Bulls have a talented roster and have a foundation that could lead to success in the future. But it’s not going to be a walk in the park, and there will be continued growing pains as this group develops together.
The Bulls will be faced with a stiff task on Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks, who have won four out of their past five games and recently got Kristaps Porzingis back in their lineup.