This weekend, the biggest party of the NBA calendar descends upon Chicago. Unfortunately, the NBA's All-Star weekend comes to Chicago during one of the lowest points in Bulls history. The absence of any Bulls player in this weekend's games is amplified by the fact that the Madhouse on Madison is hosting this year's event.
The last time the All-Star weekend descended upon Chicago, a young up-and-comer by the name of Michael Jordan pulled off THAT dunk in what was one of the greatest Dunk Contest moments of all time.
This year, Zach LaVine will be the Bulls' only representative, and even he will only be participating in just one part of the weekend, the Three-Point contest.
Statistically, Zach LaVine should probably have been in this year's game. His absence should cause the organization to take a pause. KC Johnson reported that LaVine wanted to make the game not because of the individual honor, but because it would have meant the league was recognizing that the Bulls were a team on the rise. His snub should cause a pause in the organization. It should force everyone in the organization to take a long look in the mirror and think about why no one will be representing the host city in this year's festivities.
Three years into what was supposed to be an "accelerated" rebuild, the team is now an afterthought. It's reflected in the standings, it's reflected in the tanking attendance numbers, and it's reflected on the National TV schedule.
This All-Star weekend, Bulls brass should spend less time focusing on the festivities happening on their home court and think more about why they won't be involved.
It is a dark time in the history of the Bulls. There is no light at the end of the tunnel. Fans are chanting about firing the front office while LaVine discusses his All-Star snub.
The organization needs to take a long look in the mirror this weekend and figure out how they can restore some pride in what was once the crown jewel organization of the NBA because it has now turned into a laughingstock.