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Jim Boylen says Bulls aren’t tanking, states organization is ‘trying to build a competitive spirit’

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The Chicago Bulls got destroyed by the Utah Jazz in their previous game, losing by a final score of 114-83. The team played without shooting guard Zach LaVine and small forward Otto Porter Jr., as both players are dealing with nagging injuries.

The Bulls are 21-53 on the season. They are in the 12th spot in the Eastern Conference standings. Fans in Chicago want the team to continue to lose so they have a better chance of getting the No.1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Head coach Jim Boylen, though, says the franchise isn’t tanking and wants to build the right habits.

“Because that’s not what we think is going to help this franchise the most,’’ Jim Boylen said, via Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times. “We’re trying to build a competitive spirit, a team that’s going to honor that Bulls across their chest and play for the city. We don’t feel shutting people down is a way to build that.

“I understand the fans; I understand that part of it. I was in Houston when we got Yao [Ming with a No. 1 pick], so I get it. But we feel for this group of guys. We’re going to keep pushing us to compete and play for each other and honor the principles we’re trying to establish. So that’s it. I know that’s disappointing to some, but that’s what we’re doing.’’

The Bulls have eight games left in the regular-season.

It’s unknown if LaVine or Porter Jr. will play in those eight games.