Time will tell whether the Bulls are better or worse off for it, but there's a different vibe inside the Advocate Center.
Head coach Jim Boylen ran a second straight two-plus hour practice on Wednesday – including a film session before – that he said included suicide sprints and other conditioning drills the day after the Bulls' 96-90 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
"We're old-school, we get on the line. Then we have certain drills we do within the line for that. But there's no short-cut to conditioning. There's no short cut to getting in shape," he said. "People think there is I think sometimes, or you can do this or you can do that. The only way you get in shape in this game is to get on the floor and do it. That's what we're going to do. We're going to do it every day."
Boylen's comments read more like a coach on the first day of training camp, not one taking over a team already past the one-quarter mark of their regular season. But Boylen, who is now a little more than 48 hours into the gig, is attempting to establish a culture that wasn't there under Fred Hoiberg.
For Boylen, it's about getting back to the basics and walking before you can run, despite all the running the Bulls apparently did on Wednesday.
That's why he and the Bulls had a brief film session immediately after Tuesday's game, their seventh consecutive defeat that made them the first team in the NBA to 20 losses.
The Bulls committed 18 turnovers and shot below 40 percent from the field. They managed just 90 points and dropped their league-worst offensive rating since Nov. 12 to 96.3, nearly 3.0 points worse than 29th-ranked Atlanta.