Last seasons’ Bulls team captured the hearts of many. Their bravado and guts won over fans despite the fact that Derrick Rose, our savior, sat on the bench to nurse his torn ACL.Last seasons’ Bulls team captured the hearts of many. Their bravado and guts won over fans despite the fact that Derrick Rose, our savior, sat on the bench to nurse his torn ACL.
Many questioned the fact that Rose chose to sit after being cleared by doctors in late February to begin playing again. But this is all in the distant past now as all eyes are on Rose and the hopes that arise with a new season.
The team is staring an end of an era in the face. With fan favorite Luol Deng’s future in doubt, as the team has not offered him a new contract, and Carlos Boozer rumored to be cut after the season via the league’s amnesty clause, this tight-knit group of core players realizes this is their last chance to win it all, and potentially keep this team together for the long haul.
The team has been less than pleased with the play of Boozer, who lived up to the hype early in his Bulls tenure, but has since been marred by inconsistent play. Deng is a favorite of Coach Tom Thibodeau’s, but the Bulls front office believes teammate and young-gun Jimmy Butler is the future at the small forward position.
Rose returns, and many are still skeptical about the Bulls chances of defeating the two-time defending World Champion Miami Heat. But people may forget how good Rose was when healthy, and may also not remember that Rose is the only player to win MVP in the last five years not named LeBron James. The Bulls were the team with the better record in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 regular seasons.
They lost to Miami in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, but seemed primed and ready to dethrone the Heat in 2012 before Rose suffered his torn ACL just one game into the playoffs.
The Bulls now sport a starting lineup of Rose, Butler, Deng, Boozer and Noah. Many believe Butler is the answer to the hole this team had when they lost to Miami in 2011, and is surely an additional James/Dwyane Wade type of defender the team needed.
They also now have a guy they believe will be the answer they needed off the bench in Mike Dunleavy Jr., who is a dead-aim three-point shooter. The return of Rose is also cheered for the fact that many believe he will come back better than ever, especially as a three-point shooter and playmaker for his teammates.
All of this would be a terrible sign for the Miami Heat, who are looking to become the first team since the 1960s not coached by Phil Jackson to pull off a three-peat of NBA Titles.
This season will have every Bull’s fan on the edge of their seat, because World Championship banner seven is on the way, or big changes are coming to this core everyone has loved over the past three seasons.