Bulls Players Respond to Criticism of Team’s Effort

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls players Aaron Brooks and Tony Snell represented the team at McCutcheon Elementary School on Tuesday as part of the organization's "Adopt-A-School" program.

The adoration of nearly 500 cheering students was a welcome reprieve for the Bulls players who have seen their team fall into a deep mid-season slump. Chicago was blown out in Cleveland Monday night, the team's sixth loss in its last eight games. Following the loss, Derrick Rose said, "Everybody has to be on the same page. Until then, we're going to continue to get our a** kicked."

Rose also questioned the team's drive and intensity.

"We got to give a better effort. It seems like we're not even competing, and it's f***ing irritating," Rose said.

In response to Rose's comments, Brooks said, "I haven't even heard what he said but we definitely need to bring in more effort. Everybody has to look to themselves and figure out what they can do to make this team better."

Snell said it's not the effort, but rather "it's just a frustrating time that we all have to work together and try to pull through. Keep practicing hard and figure it out."

Both Brooks and Snell said they still buy into what coach Tom Thibodeau is preaching.

"He's not saying anything wrong," Brooks said. "We just have to keep being professional. Like I keep saying it comes down to effort and that's what it is."

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