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Benching puzzles Chandler
Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas caused quite the stir in D.C. Wednesday for not shooting until the fourth quarter of a victory in Toronto, his response to comments from teammate Kwame Brown about selfish play.
"I always try to stay away from commenting on other team's problems," Bulls coach Scott Skiles said. "We have a full plate."
Thursday's dismal 95-87 lossthe Bulls' sixth straight at the MCI Centerwould be one.
But the Bulls' problems run beyond performance and stretch to things far more basic.
"My intention was to play [Tyson Chandler] quite a bit [Wednesday night against Detroit]," Skiles said before the loss. "But when he checked in the game, he didn't have proper uniform appearance.
"He had his black tights and shorts way down, so I took him right back out and made it clear that wasn't acceptable. It's a shame that we have to police that. But it is what it is."
The Bulls' policy is to fine players who don't follow professional protocol with uniforms, as they have done earlier this season to Eddy Curry and Eddie Robinson.
But Chandler's problems run beyond monetary discipline and stretch to things far more important. Chandler didn't play because of coach's decision for the first time this season.
"I have no clue," Chandler said. "I'm definitely surprised. I expected to play. But I guess he had other plans."
Asked if he thought Skiles is displeased with his recent play, Chandler shook his head.
"I don't know how you could be displeased," he said. "I'm playing the minutes he's giving me and I play hard."
Asked if he thought the benching was fair, Chandler smiled.
"Life isn't fair," he said. "I show up for practice. I do everything I'm supposed to do. I can't sit in here and try to figure out what his mind was doing. If I do that, my mind will go crazy."
A tight-lipped Skiles said Chandler isn't in any doghouse.
"I just decided not to go with him," Skiles said.
Thursday's loss is what it isanother example of a team that didn't show up from the start.
The Bulls missed their first 10 shots, committed two turnovers and trailed 12-0 before Antonio Davis scored on a short hook close to five minutes after the opening tip.
They rallied to lead 49-47 at halftime, but faded in the fourth as Arenas led an 11-1 run en route to his second career triple-double.
Arenas, who still brings up how the Bulls drafted Trenton Hassell one spot ahead of him in 2001, finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists.
The Bulls, led by Kirk Hinrich with 23 points, are 12-30 under Skiles, an identical .286 winning percentage to that of Bill Cartwright when he was fired with a 4-10 mark. Curry added 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Bits: After sitting for 14 games with a strained right Achilles, Kendall Gill was activated and looked impressive in contributing 15 points in 26 minutes. He started the second half after Jerome Williams played just eight minutes because of a strained tendon in his left knee.
Chris Jefferies landed on the injured list with a sore back and didn't travel. Neither did Scottie Pippen.
Jamal Crawford went 1-for-9 on three-pointers, but his onewith 1.4 seconds leftgave him 260 for his career and pushed him past general manager John Paxson for sixth on the franchise's all-time list.