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It’s time to dust off of your Bulls gear ladies because our men in red are ready to rumble all over this NBA season. I know your fan-dom may have been in hibernation for the last 24 months, try cure but basketball is back in Chicago. For the first time since the “Dynasty Era” when Michael Jordan and his boys ran the town, pharmacy the Bulls are a legitimate title contender and things are going to get crazy at the Madhouse.
Now, don’t interpret my excitement as ignorance, I know this Bulls team is not yet a well oiled machine and has quite a bit of work to do. I just believe our patience may finally pay off because the Bulls have their MVP point guard Derrick Rose back in the lineup, Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah ready to have another monster season, All-Star Pau Gasol joining the mix, Jimmy Butler ready for a bounce back season and Taj Gibson ready to claim the Sixth Man of the Year award. I mean, lets go!
What Went Down While We Were Beaching:
Summer 2014 was a dramatic one for Bulls fans. The front office knew it needed to spice up the roster with more talent to coexist with Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah; question was, who would be the best fit? One thing was clear, we needed a player who could put consistent points on the board night after night and put up with all the crazy that is head coach Tom Thibodeau.
Chicago pulled out the red carpet for Carmelo Anthony, but the power house shooter loves his New York and decided to stay with the Knicks. He also just so happened to get a fat $120 million contract. Strike 1.
When Kevin Love trade talk hit the market the Bulls were one of the first teams to approach Mr. Hot-Shot (literally he can make it rain some threes), but low and behold KLove has a bromance crush on Lebron James and chose to head to Cleveland to play next to the King. I mean, whatever, he’s a little scrawny anyway. Strike 2.
Don’t you worry, our Bulls did not strike out this off season. They found a way to bring in some serious talent all while keeping their core. The biggest success was finally amnestying Carlos Boozer and clearing up ample cap space for players who fit Thib’s mold. All the while, DRose was off playing for Team USA getting his groove back.
New Names and Faces:
Pau Gasol #16 (@paugasol) – Yes, PAU not PAUL – don’t make the mistake. He’s a seven foot All-Star from Spain who’s made a name for himself playing alongside Kobe Bryant on the Lakers. He can also help you brush up on your Spanish since he tweets in both inglés and español. What a guy.
Nikola Mirotic #44 (@nikolamirotic44) – He’s an internationally recognized power forward Bulls fans have been talking about since 2011, we just haven’t been able to get our hands on him since he was under contract with Real Madrid. Now he’s Coach Thib’s rookie, ready to be molded into a fierce NBA player. If you caught any of the preseason games, you saw this rookie isn’t afraid to post up and sink a three-pointer.
Doug McDermott #3 (@dougmcd3) – Dougie Mcbuckets is a seriously promising draft pick out of Creighton University. He’s like the next coming of Kyle Korver at small forward, but a better defensive player. He may be a rookie, but he’s bringing the hot sauce back to Chicago. If he can consistently sink some shots, he gives the Bulls a whole new outside threat.
GET PUMPED! The Bulls’ season starts tomorrow night at 7 PM in New York against Melo and the Knicks. You can guarantee our guys will be amped up to get this season going, but also show Anthony exactly what he’s missing. It’s time to officially start this season off with a bang and get Chicago sports fans excited about something again.
One thing I know for sure, it feels good to be back!