Robin Lopez informed that he'll play this weekend for Bulls

  • Robin Lopez informed that he'll play this weekend for Bulls

Robin Lopez informed that he'll play this weekend for Bulls

The Bulls have lost 14 of their past 17 games and publicly stated in mid-February that they would begin sitting Lopez and Holiday.

With the Bulls scheduled to face the Detroit Pistons on Friday and the Atlanta Hawks two nights after, they have reportedly told the veteran center that he will suit up in both games. But their best players must be on the court for those losses. Rest is OK, but resting healthy players too much or at inopportune times can be seen as bad for the league. It is engaging in a race to the bottom with other teams trying to position themselves for the NBA Draft lottery.

Per Nick Freidell of ESPN Chicago, Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson put out a statement on the club's communication with the league.

In as politically correct terms as possible, Paxson essentially says the Bulls got called out for tanking.

Lopez has missed the last six games, while Holiday has sat out the last five of six. "Nine or 10 is the most, so we're going to start looking at blocks of games where we'll be having a few guys that haven't been playing much or at all, where they'll have a significant role for us".

The Bulls now hold the 8th-worst winning percentage in the league, giving them only a 2.8% shot at the first overall pic.

The NBA has warned the Chicago Bulls for resting healthy players in what appears to be an attempt to lose intentionally to boost their chances of a top draft pick, according to several reports on Tuesday, including the Chicago Tribune.