The timing couldn't have been worse.
There were five head coaching vacancies in the NBA this offseason, all with a certain level of intrigue to them.
A response was necessary after a submission led to embarrassment in Charlotte, and the Bulls put forth a requisite effort against perhaps the deepest team in the league.
The numbers were alarming and the way it was done is even more a cause of concern for the Bulls, five games into the season.
The NBA has as much star power as it's ever had, thus producing such a strong narrative about teams needing multiple stars in order to compete for championships.