Friday, December 07, 2007

January 25, 2008

I've been looking over the Bulls' upcoming schedule, and the above date is when I think the Bulls will beat the Bobcats at the United Center to reach .500 for the first time this season, at 21-21. Take a look at the East standings and you see that a .500 record gets you the 5th seed, and you'd be nipping at the heels of Toronto for home court advantage in the 1st round. Not what I'd envisioned for this season, but after this opening nightmare, I would gladly take it.

All of that said, if the Bulls aren't at or within one or two games of .500 by this date, I would say that the Bulls should fire Skiles. I was pretty conservative while forecasting this record, and even including what could perhaps be an(other) anomalously bad start, there is no reason why the Bulls shouldn't be right in the mix at this point. (Sadly, I think that, barring injuries, Boston, Orlando and (hiss) Detorit are now uncatchable.) It would be just past the halfway mark of the season, and if the ship hasn't been semi-righted by then, it ain't going to happen, and we might as well begin thinking about a future without Skiles.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Matt said...

I agree that Skiles' job is likely safe as long as they're at .500 by that point.

But they should have a mandate of conference finals for Skiles to stay. If it means this team has to win a couple road series to get there, well then it's Skiles' own fault for having his patented slow start.

I just can't forgive this abysmal start even if they're playing great near the end of the year. If they truly are peaking at the right time they'll advance in the playoffs and then there's no issue.

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Coach Skiles said...

At what point does Riles fire himself?

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Coach Skiles said...


Sun Times' article
worth reading in case you missed it.

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Coach Skiles said...

Oops.

www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/bulls/685322,CST-SPT-bull07.article

11:04 AM  
Blogger Hot Shit College Student said...

I need to wear old-people dark sunglasses when pondering a future without Skiles.

11:05 AM  
Anonymous str8t up balla said...

I'm going to tell it to you guys stright up, and remember you all read it read it here first- The Bulls, starting tonight, are going to go undefeated the rest of the year. That's right, we are going to finish 71-11 and Kirk will win the MVP.

1:03 PM  
Blogger BenGo07 said...

1 down, 65 to go.

8:53 PM  

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