The Bulls are back in business! After going a very impressive 8-0 in the preseason, illness it’s clear that the Chicago Bulls are dedicated, unhealthy determined and looking rather fierce for their 2013 debut. Superstar point guard Derrick Rose has returned after a rough year-long hiatus and so have the Chicago Bulls’ title hopes.
Last year was a tough time for Bulls fans, capsule as we eagerly awaited the non-existent return of our MVP, but it’s time to put all grudges aside because DRose is ready to show us he was worth the wait.
The ultimate goal remains the same: knock Lebron James and the Miami Heat from their Eastern Conference throne and get Chicago to their first NBA Championship in over a decade. Can greatness be achieved with the return of Derrick Rose and a stifling defensive mindset under the guidance of head coach Tom Thibodeau? Only time will tell, but if the preseason was any indication of what is to come, things look good for the Chicago Bulls in the upcoming season. Let’s dig deeper into the Bulls 2013 season and Chicago title contention hopes.
What to Know about the 2013 Season:
- The Return: Welcome back to the hardwood DRose. Derrick Rose is back and looking better than ever – if that’s even possible. After a difficult year of rehabilitation on his knee and criticism for waiting to return, Rose has made his bball game even stronger with a bigger and bolder jumpshot. Explosiveness hasn’t been an issue during the preseason scoring 22 points against the Detroit Pistons, 32 against Indiana and then 26 points against Kevin Durantand the OKC Thunder. If the preseason is any indication of what to expect from DRose, prepare yourself for an amazing season.
- New Faces: The off-season is always a time when us fans become super hopeful our team signs a glorious free-agent that will take our team to the next level. Unfortunately, our Bulls didn’t have the financial flexibility that many NBA teams have available – so there weren’t any mind-blowing off-season moves. HOWEVER, the pickup of Mike Dunleavy was a steal. He can throw down the jumpshots and is an upgrade on the defensive end. The Bulls also grabbed rookies Tony Snell (New Mexico Lobos) and Erik Murphy (Florida Gators) in the draft.
- Strong Core: There are plenty of familiar faces on the Bulls’ roster heading into the 2013 season. Luol Deng, Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler and Carlos Boozer round out the starting lineup alongside DRose. As for the supporting cast, expect to see good things out of Kirk Hinrich, Taj Gibson, Nazr Mohammed and Marquis Teaguethis season.
- Lost Bulls: Unfortunately, the Bulls had to say goodbye to a few impact players from last season. Despite a sensational performance during the NBA playoffs, Nate-the-Great Robinson is now a Denver Nugget. He had a one-and-done season with the Bulls, but Nasty-Nate will always hold a special place in our hearts after his outstanding 34-point performance in the triple OT Game 4 of the Brooklyn Nets series. The Bulls also parted ways with Marco Belinelli; the Italian-Stallion is headed to San Antonio to play alongside Tony Parker and Tim Duncan. Richard “Rip” Hamilton, Vladimir Radmanovic, and Daequan Cook were also released from the roster.
- Strengths: Defense! Defense! Under the thumb of head coach Tom Thibodeau, the Bulls have consistently been a top defensive team. It doesn’t hurt to have NBA All-Defensive First Teamer Joakim Noah’s intensity leading the pack. Thibs has proven it doesn’t matter who’s on his roster, he can make any team play with heart, hustle and muscle and form to his defensive expectations.
- Weaknesses: Last season the Bulls were one of the league’s worst offensive teams. While the return of Rose will boost up the stats, the majority of the same players are returning and we’re going to need a bit more offensive productivity out of everyone to dominate.
- Key To Success: STAY HEALTHY. From Rose’s ACL to Noah’s plantar fasciitis to Luol Deng in intensive care, the Bulls have struggled with maintaining a healthy roster. Playing hard, but keeping their star players healthy throughout the season is essential to a successful post season run.
Get your Bulls gear ready ladies, DRose and the Bulls are going to deliver a wild ride this season. Our MVP is healthy and Coach Thibs has his best Bulls roster since the MJ days – it sounds like a good time for a Championship to us.
For their season opener Chicago will get things going guns blazing against the Miami Heat in South Beach on October 29th – wait for it – the night of the Heat’s Championship ring ceremony. Stay tuned for more details about this season’s opening night rivalry. Lebron James may have two rings now, but we say Bring. It.