The only thing consistent about the Chicago Bulls in their 2016-17 campaign has been their inconsistency. They’ve made a remarkable habit out of rarely losing or winning more than three games in a row — until now.
The Bulls season hit a low-point Sunday afternoon when they scored nine points in the first quarter against the Boston Celtics on the way to their fifth consecutive loss.
Now, coach Fred Hoiberg is responding by once again changing his starting point guard. Hoiberg announced today that the team would be returning to it’s original starting lineup and giving former Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo another look as a starter.
Hoiberg says Bulls will start Rajon Rondo tonight.
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) March 13, 2017
This is another occurrence in what has been an epidemic for the Bulls this year. They’ve had three different starting point guards and just haven’t been able to find one that works.
Former starting point guard Jerian Grant spoke out about the chaos at his position:
Grant on PGs talking benchings: "It started with Rondo, went to MCW and then came to me.We’ve all been through it.We all keep each other up"
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) March 13, 2017
Rondo seemed to make more sense in the sixth man role. Pairing him with shooters like rookies Paul Zipser and Denzel Valentine certainly looked better on paper than cramming him on the court with Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler, but perhaps the addition of new starting power forward Bobby Portis will help Rondo’s fit in the lineup.
Rondo will start Monday night against the Charlotte Hornets as the Bulls try to put a stop to their longest losing streaking of the season.