NBA analyst Charles Barkley says Bulls should ‘exploit it’

NBA analyst Charles Barkley says Bulls should ‘exploit it’

In the midst of a 9-14 start to the season, one NBA analyst thinks it’s time for a fresh start with the Chicago Bulls.

“It’s breaking out. It’s time,” Charles Barkley said in an appearance on Waddle & Silvy on ESPN 1000 radio. “You’ve got good players, not good enough. It’s time to start rebuilding.”

Barkley admitted his bullish feelings about the Bulls have dissipated, saying, “That was last year. This is a new year.”

Now, the Hall of Famer believes the Bulls should get ahead of the curve amid an underachieving season.

“You’re not going to win a championship this year or the next two years. You’ve got good players. You’ve got to start rebuilding,” Barkley said.

However, the Bulls are unlikely to call off the trade at this point.

Despite the Bulls’ lifeless start, it would take a serious downward trajectory to derail the team and break the “continuity” they preached during the offseason.

The Bulls are still awaiting the return of starting point guard Lonzo Ball. According to KC Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago, waiting for his return to the court is likely the main course of action, as opposed to massive changes.

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Because of this, Barkley agrees that Ball’s health acts as a reason to delay the rebuild.

“I think maybe if Ball’s kid was healthy, it would be a different scenario,” Barkley said. “That’s the only thing stopping me from blowing it, to be honest with you, if the Ball boy could recover. But, man, he doesn’t look good, does he?”

At this point in the season, there are certainly more questions than answers. However, those answers will be revealed later in the season, depending on how he performs before the trade deadline.

However, Barkley offered his answers to the questions being asked.

“I think you trade all your best players and get draft picks or some young talent,” Barkley said. “We’re not even close. The Celtics and the Bucks are on another level in the Eastern Conference. You’re not as good as the Cavs. The Cavs are good.”

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