The Cubs seem to have their “Captain Cool” in Anthony Rizzo. Cut out of the same mold as former White Sox team leader Paul Konerko, or Blackhawks captain, Jonathan Toews. The Bulls thought they had their man in a quiet Derrick Rose, but injuries seemed to tell a different story.
Even with a vocal and emotional Joakim Noah, the Bulls seem listless. Jimmy Butler came on and had a breakout season in 2015. He has talked a lot about leadership, but I’m not sure everyone is falling into line. Michael Jordan had it. The Bears had lots of strong leaders over the years. The Bulls, especially now, seem like they are still looking for that guy.
Things will no doubt change in the off-season. Derrick Rose will still be with the team, as will Jimmy Butler. It remains to be seen if Pau Gasol will stay. He has mentioned he wants to opt out, but also stay in Chicago. Bulls GM Gar Forman has also indicated Gasol is a “core member”. That tells me that unless players attitudes change, the 2016-17 Bulls will still be searching for their man.