There are 9 games left in this development season. The Bulls have lost 5 games in a row (it feels like 50). I know in my mind that losing is the plan. The plan sucks when you watch the games. The loooong games. They stretch into infinity. An infinite number of Felicio running hooks, Cam Payne no-look passes, and Denzel threes. Losing is the plan. Turnover begat turnover. Losing is the plan.

I sit and watch game after game (the loooong games), “analyzing” plays and players. But I don’t know what it means when Noah Vonleh gets more minutes than Lauri Markkanen. Losing is the plan. Turnover begat turnover. Losing is the plan.

We sit and wait for a draft pick to save our team from the depths they’ve voluntarily spiraled to. Can they be “saved” if they put themselves there to begin with? Losing is the plan. Turnover begat turnover. Losing is the plan.

This franchise is trying to build a ladder out of all the careers they’ve walked away from, a ladder back to a relevance they voluntarily walked away from…

Nikola Mirotic, stack him up

Taj Gibson, stack him up

Joakim Noah, stack him up

Loul Deng, stack him up

Tyson Chandler, stack him up

Elton Brand, stack him up

Jamal Crawford, stack him up

Jimmy Butler, stack him up

Tom Thibodeau, stack him up

Derrick Rose, stack him up

Building a ladder to assuage their wounded pride. Building a ladder to escape the very hole they dug themselves. Losing is the plan. Turnover begat turnover. Losing is the plan.

We should’ve never worried about the Bulls ability to tank, they’ve been tanking for nearly a decade. When losing is the plan (Losing is the plan), turnover begets turnover (Turnover begat turnover), and you lose… your identity as winners, confidence in your abilities, trust in your players, trust from your players (and the rest of the league), your integrity. Losing is the plan.

When losing is the plan… Robin Lopez wastes the best season of his career on shooting threes. Losing is the plan. When losing is the plan… Jusuf Nurkic and Gary Harris turn into Doug McDermott, who then turns into Cam Payne. Turnover begat turnover. When losing is the plan… the league chastises your franchise for losing. Losing is the plan.

There are 9 games left in this development season (looooong games). The number of seasons it takes to get back to relevance, the number of careers it takes to build that ladder,

Robin Lopez, stack him up

Justin Holiday, stack him up

Paul Zipser, stack him up

Cristiano Felicio, stack him up

Cam Payne, stack him up

Bobby Portis, stack him up

Denzel Valentine, stack him up

Kris Dunn, stack him up

Zach LaVine, stack him up

Fred Hoiberg, stack him up

Lauri Markkanen, stack him up

…stretching into infinity.

Losing is the plan. Turnover begat turnover. Losing is the plan.

The Worst Records in the NBA:

1. Phoenix Suns 19-55 .257

2. Memphis Grizzlies 19-54 .260

3. Atlanta Hawks 21-52 .288

4. Dallas Mavericks and Orlando Magic 22-51 .301

6. Brooklyn Nets 23-50 .315

7. Chicago Bulls and Sacramento Kings 24-49 .329

9. New York Knicks 26-47 .356