Thursday, May 16, 2013
King says MPG should decrease next year
Joakim Noah suffered with foot problems all season while averaging 34.1 minutes per game.
Television analyst Stacey King said one thing should change next season in order to help the Chicago Bulls perform better in the postseason.
"The coaching staff is going to have to dial down a little bit during the regular season," King said Thursday on "The Carmen & Jurko Show" on ESPN 1000. "Because I think now three years in a row you've seen the Bulls players ... they had the best record the first two years (of coach Tom Thibodeau's tenure), and then at the end of the season they're breaking down.
"That can be attributed to a lot of different things, but I think that's extended minutes. I think they're going to have to dial back on playing time on some of these guys, Luol Deng, your veteran players, Joakim Noah, playing 44, 45 minutes a night, you just can't do that."
Deng led the league during the regular season at 44.8 minutes per game. He has a wrist injury and missed the Eastern Conference semifinals after complications arose from a spinal tap designed to detect spinal meningitis.
Noah was 43rd in the league at 34.1 mpg and has dealt with plantar fasciitis throughout the season.