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Noah and Butler

Get ready to rumble Bulls babes. We have exactly TWO weeks until the Bulls tip-off their regular season against the Cleveland Cavaliers on the 27th. This gives us ample time to learn who’s-who on this year’s roster.

And now, search the starting lineup for your Chicago Bulls – actually it’s all your need-to-know players.

Derrick Rose #1
Position: Point Guard
College: Memphis
@drose

DRose is sporting a new hairdo to start his sixth season with the Bulls. Despite literally breaking his face during the first practice, buy cialis our Bionic man should be ready to go for the home-opener. Rose has only played 61 games in the last two seasons after a laundry list of injuries. We need DRose to just PLAY. I’m a hopeless Bulls fan that will always wish Rose can get back to MVP form, but it’s highly unlikely after two serious knee surgeries and rehabs. Regardless, he’s still DRose and as long as he is on the court and movin and groovin the Bulls are a better team. Please stay healthy for us Rose.

Jimmy Butler #21
Position: Small Forward
College: Marquette
@JimmyButler

All eyes are on Jimmy Buckets in 2015 after his big pay-day this off-season. Butler gave the Bulls a renewed sense of talent after his breakout season in 2014-2015. Now it’s all about Jimmy. We’re expecting some big offensive stats, another All-Star appearance, and a Butler-Rose duo that is unstoppable in the Eastern Conference. Are we asking too much? Call me greedy, but I want Butler to shine his brightest this season – right past Lebron and the Cavs and straight to the NBA Finals.

Joakim Noah #13
Position: Center
College: Florida
@JoakimNoah

After injury prevented Noah from being his influential self last season, Jo-No will be looking to get back to his Defensive Player of the Year stature and man have we missed it. Jo is the player opponents love to hate, but we love to have on our side. He’s six feet and 11 inches of a passionate basketball player rebounding all over the other team’s face. Yup, show us the good stuff Jo.

Pau Gasol #16
Position: Center/Power Forward
Prior to NBA:  FC Barcelona
@paugasol

Pow Pow! This seasoned NBA vet was picked up from the Lakers in 2014 and is a huge impact player whenever he hits the court. When it came down to it Gasol was stuck on the bench with an injury in the big games against the Cavaliers last year during the playoffs. He’s got 14 years of the NBA under his belt, but with age comes a longer bounce-back from annoying injuries like hamstrings or ankle sprains. We need Pau to stay healthy for the big moments. Perhaps these boys need to incorporate more hot Yoga into their workout regimes?

Taj Gibson
Position: Power Forward
College: USC 
@TajGibson22

Gibson’s game has jumped to a whole other level since his start with the Bulls, but unfortunately to Taj lovers he’s the main focus of potential trade rumors. The Bulls almost have too many big men and Gibson has the most trading value since he brings so much value to a new team. Keep your eyes peeled on Gibson, hopefully we get some big dunks off the bench before any more trading talk occurs.

Doug McDermott #3
Position: Small Forward
College: Creighton 
@dougmcd3

Under new head coach Fred Hoiberg, fans are looking to Dougie Mc-Buckets to have a breakout season. Coach Thibodeau wasn’t big on giving rookies too many playing minutes, but McDermott is now in his sophomore season and loves a nice shot from the perimeter which Coach Hoiberg fully supports.

Nikola Mirotic #44
Position: Power Forward
Prior to NBA: Montenegro 
@threekola

Mirotic, aka Three-ko-la (you have to say it like the Riccola commercials), is ready to embark on his second season in the NBA. There was definitely a bit of a learning curve coming from Montenegro to the NBA, but his serious three-point shot was an instant fan favorite. After a year, Mirotic has refined his game. You’ll be sure to find this guy outside the arc sinking three’s in Hoiberg’s new offense.

Bobby Portis #5
Position: Power Forward
College: Arkansas
@BPortistime

Rookie alert! The Bulls drafted Portis 21st in the 2015 NBA draft and could absolutely be a secret weapon off the bench this season. Portis had a break-out performance against the Pelicans in the preseason with 20 points and 11 rebounds in 31 minutes. Ideally, Portis can help provide the Bulls with additional offense it never seems to generate enough of.

Kirk Hinrich #12
Position: Point Guard
College: Kansas

Captain Kirk is too cool for Twitter apparently, but luckily he’s a Bulls veteran ready to backup Rose for another season. Hinrich offers the Bulls stifling defense, but he’s no spring chicken so hopefully he can actually play the roll of back-up point guard because Rose will be healthy enough to start the majority of games this season (fingers crossed people).

Aaron Brooks #0
Position: Point Guard
College: Oregon
@thirty2zero

Brooks offers the Bulls a burst of energy and speed off the bench. He takes some wild and crazy shots, but when he’s not getting stuffed by Power Forwards or Centers, Brooks can put up some useful offensive numbers. He’s a great back-up Point Guard when Rose and Hinrich need to rest.

Mike Dunleavy Jr. #34
Position: Guard/Small Forward
College: Duke
@MikeDunleavyjr

With 13 years in the league, Dunleavy is absolutely a seasoned vet. Unfortunately, a post season back surgery is going to keep this sharp shooter off the court for a while until he’s ready to rumble.

Tony Snell #20
Position: Small Forward
College: New Mexico
@TonySnell20

Year two is a definite sink or swim kind of season for Snell. We saw glimpses of star power last season, but we need some more consistent offense off the bench from Snell. He also has a much improved hairstyle which I truly appreciate.

Cameron Bairstow #41
Position: Center
College: New Mexico
@CBairstow41

This Aussie is relief for big man Joakim Noah. He’s tall, he’s strong, but he’s looking to gain some more minutes and overall experience under Coach Hoiberg.

E’Twaun Moore #55
Position: Point Guard
College: Purdue
@ETwaun55

Moore is the back-up’s, back-up’s back-up – if that makes any sense. He comes in to run the court when Rose, Hinrich and Brooks are all gassed or injured. We probably won’t see him outside of his sweet Bulls warm-up, but he is a capable back-up when needed.

Cristiano Da Silva Felicio #6
Position: Power Forward/Center
Prior to NBA: Brazil

The Bulls added Brazilian big man Cristiano during the past summer.  His signing was speculated as a pre-curser to a potential Taj Gibson trade sometime this season. The Bulls are pretty stacked when it comes to height and power and rather need some depth in the guard area. Nonetheless, we’ll keep our eye on Felicio and see what he can deliver off the bench.

Per usual, the Bulls are under serious pressure to prove they’re title worthy and many of the players are vying to prove they’re worth the money the Bulls spent on them. Hopefully we see the best of both this season 🙂

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Noah and Taj

Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson

Oh-oh-oh, look we’re half way there… By now Bulls fans are used to the emotional roller coaster that has been the past two years, search but our guys have pleasantly overcome the obstacles thrown their way, and yet again.

Entering the 2013-2014 season Chicago was an absolute “title contender” with a healthy Derrick Rose. The team’s dreams were blown to smithereens when DRose went down with a second season-ending knee injury. Then just two months later, the front office shipped off sharp shooter Luol Deng to Cleveland. No matter how deep their pride was wounded, the Bulls came out swinging with the emotional intensity of Joakim Noah leading the way.

Much to our surprise, the Bulls start the second half of the season sitting in fourth place among the beasts of the East and are just shy of snatching the third seat at 27-25. Chicago has gone 15-7 in 2014 – only three teams have a better record since January 1st and they’re all in the big bad Western Conference. We’ve got 30 games to go and if the men in red can keep up the intensity down the stretch there is definitely reason for optimism.

ALL-STAR STATUS: JOAKIM NOAH

 

Jo-No is wreaking havoc in 2014. To say he’s found his “edge” is an understatement of the damage he’s done offensively and defensively. He goes out night after night and plays 100% guts and glory. More than ever before he is the heart of this Bulls team and the future of this NBA franchise. Losing Luol Deng was personal for Joakim Noah, it was like he lost his big brother, but his loss seemed to have spark a fire in the belly of the Jo-No bear.

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Bet ya didn’t Noah he’s averaged 13.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.8 blocks since Jan. 1 – “double-double” is basically his middle name. He recently appeared in his second All-Star game and looked lost because the studs of the NBA we’rent playing at a normal intensity. He found himself again when BronBron decided to light things up with Noah under the basket. If you love Chicago basketball, you are crazy about Joakim Noah this year. Messy-bun-swagger has swept the nation.

HIGHLIGHT PLAYERS:

Taj Gibson is an easy candidate for Sixth Man of the Year. He’s taken his game to an entirely new level this season and we don’t mind one bit. He signed a hefty contract with the Bulls in 2012 and really never got into his groove. He took the off-season to work with the big dogs and it has paid off. When you get Jo-No and Taj on the court at the same time you have one of the most terrifying defensive units the NBA has to offer. Gibson has been so huge he’s the one on the court in the fourth quarter battling opponents, so much so Carlos Boozer got a little jealous and threw a pitty party about getting benched come the end of games.

D.J.D.J. Augustin has a renewed NBA career. Prior to being traded to the Bulls in December most of the league said “Augustin who?” I would guess most of the Toronto Raptors’ fans didn’t know the guy was even on the roster. He was a pickup during a time Chicago was desperate for a point guard after losing Rose and Augustin would work out “fine.” With a little Tom Thibodeau fairy dust Augustin has become a dominant player in the Windy City. When Kirk Hinrich is healthy (which is hit or miss) Augustin comes off the bench as a play maker as well as an outside scoring threat. We’ve needed a three-point shooting monster since the days of Kyle Korver.

ROUGH SPOTS AVERTED:

Just a month ago my Facebook feed was filled with statuses about the Bulls tanking their season on purpose. “Just blow the season and get a great lottery pick.” Well friends, if you haven’t noticed “tanking” and “Thibodeau” are like water and oil, it just doesn’t mix. After losing Rose and trading Deng the Bulls were in a rough place, but they recommitted to their defensive mindset and started playing basketball the only way they know how – down and dirty.

Their main weakness is the depth of their bench. When their starters are healthy (Noah, Carlos Boozer, Jimmy Butler, Kirk Hinrich and Mike Dunleavy) the Bulls can generally find their rhythm. With Taj, Augustin and rookie Tony Snell continuously coming off the bench lights out the Bulls can stay powerful throughout the game. Problem is, after those eight players things get a really hairy. Eight players aren’t enough to keep things going one experiences an injury and is forced to miss playing time.

OFF THE COURT: 

DRose AdidasBasically there’s no reason to feel sorry for Mr. Rose. Although he hasn’t played a full season in two years, DRose’s brand is stronger than ever. Forbes just ranked the top 10 NBA endorsers and our very own Derrick Rose came in third just behind Kobe Bryant and Lebron James. Rose will have made over $21 million in endorsements over the last year. Combine that with the $17.6 million he’ll bring in from his Bulls contract and Rose will be sitting pretty at $39 million for the year. He’s single ladies, that’s all I’m saying.

Keep BULL-IEVING

They may not be title contenders this season, as it’s unlikely Los Bulls will be able to defeat the top two teams in the Eastern Conference (Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers) in a seven-game series, but they’re a hungry bunch who want to prove all those fans wrong who started guzzling Chicago Bulls-Hater-ade the second DRose went down. So ask yourself, if Joakim Noah and his crew aren’t giving up, why should we? Bring on the second half!

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Chicago’s heart, help hustle and muscle was out full force Tuesday night as Joakim Noah led the Bulls to a gritty triple overtime win in Orlando. It was a definite nail biter, nurse but the Bulls were able to hang on long enough to defeat the Magic 128-125 in dramatic fashion.

If you haven’t noticed, drugstore “tanking” and “Thibodeau” are like water and oil, they just don’t go together. Between Derrick Rose’s second season ending knee injury and the Bulls organization trading away All-Star Luol Deng last week, you’d think these guys would toss in the towel, but that’s NOT HAPPENING. “Resilience” is Chicago’s middle name.

What You Need to Know:

  • Joakim Noah took his frustration out on the mini-Magic. You can trade his best friend away (Deng looks silly in a Cavs uniform), but this dude is never giving up. Jo-No was the Bulls’ leading scorer with 26 points and 19 rebounds. He was literally everywhere; under the basket snatching rebounds, dunking all over the Magic’s defense and blocking Big Baby Davis. We love the messy-bun-swag.
  • Jimmy Buckets is unstoppable, literally the guy doesn’t stop going. Butler broke the Bulls’ record for minutes played in a regular season game; he spent 60 minutes scoring and defending against the Magic. He finished with 21 points, seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks. Ow ow!
  • Don’t think the Magic didn’t play their hearts out, they had the Bulls down early in the game. It was all about the guards on Orlando’s side of the court. SG Victor Oladipo (Oh-La-Deep-oh, it’s a fun one) led the Magic in minutes (57) and points (35) while PG Jameer Nelson was a close second with 54 minutes and 31 points.
  • Rookie Radar: Tony Snell is in his first year in the league, which generally means taking up permanent residence on the bench in Thibs world. Snell had his best game yet as a pro playing 35 minutes, finishing with 15 points and had one nasty dunk on the Magic during the second OT. I think we’ll see him continue to develop and improve under Thibs direction.
  • Derrick Rose made his first appearance on the bench since his knee injury in November. It was great to see him back with the team, but I wasn’t feeling the full on khaki suit, call me a khaki hater.

Take Away Piece:

“The Bulls are stubborn, dedicated, and probably a little angry at their luck this season. A triple OT win on the road is a huge hurdle for the Bulls after they got a beat down by the Wizards at home on Monday. Tuesday’s game had so much more versatility and highlights from every player on the bench. The only way our Bulls can win is if every player shows up and contributes – that’s exactly what happened against the Magic.”

What’s Next:

It’s time for a re-match! The Bulls stay on the East Coast to face the Washington Wizards in DC on Friday. Hopefully our Bulls can get some payback from Monday nights disaster game. Tip-off starts at 6PM, just in time for happy hour. Keep on BULLieving, Divas!

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After months of trade rumors, doctor the Chicago Bulls ended an era when they wheeled and dealed their two-time All-Star small forward Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers late Monday night.

Initially, seek you might be thinking the Bulls front office has lost their marbles. Deng has been the most consistent offensive player on the Bulls the past few years, ampoule he’s led the entire league playing a ridiculous amount of minutes, he’s a stifling defender and he has a heart of gold.

It wasn’t always pretty, but Lou gave Chicago his all throughout his 10 year journey and embodied the Bulls gritty defense-minded approach. Unfortunately, our love for Luol Deng is not enough to keep him in Chicago. There are plenty of reasons why the Deng-er-ang was sent off to hang with Kyrie Irving and the Cavs. It’s business, baby.

To give the Bulls’ organization some credit, they did try to keep Deng in Chicago by offering him a 3-year, $30 million extension last week. However, Deng declined the offer which then led to plan B – the trade.

Deng is 28, leading the team in points scored, but he’s also be ailed by quite a few injuries this season and in past years. The game takes a lot of wear and tear on the body. John Paxson, Chicago’s VP of Basketball Operations, addressed the media immediately Tuesday morning to discuss the big move. He explained just how hard of a decision it was to trade Luol and the amount of respect the organization has for the NBA player.

Chicago has been through the ups and downs with Deng and he has always proven the toughest of soldiers, playing through sprains, muscle tears and spinal taps. The city is forever grateful for his time here and we wish him nothing but greatness in Cleveland (unless he’s playing the Bulls of course).

What the Bulls got in Return:

I know what you’re thinking, “ditching Deng better have been worth it,” or maybe that’s just what I was thinking. The Bulls picked up center Andrew Bynum, three future draft picks and the right to swap 2015 first round picks with the Cavs. Los Bulls already have a solid center in Joakim Noah, so they will release Bynum before the Jan. 7 deadline (tonight). This will clear up about $12.3 million to go with the $14.3 million they saved by trading Deng.

The draft picks are what really sweetened the deal. The Bulls now have a boatload of draft picks coming their way in the next few years. This is great news because the 2014 draft is deep with talented players and the Bulls could really get some quality guys.

What This Means for the Bulls:

The fun has only just begun for the Chicago Bulls’ front office. This trade absolutely signifies a new era in Chicago basketball and a time for rebuilding, but it’s not going to be a complete overhaul. They still have serious talent in Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson. Yes, trading Deng means the Bulls won’t be doing much winning this season, but the goal is to develop the young players we do have like Tony Snell and find the the guys who can truly take the Bulls to a championship upon Derrick Rose’s return.

DRose is still the center of Chicago’s universe. The organization’s goal is to find the best players to compliment Rose. We need a team who no longer plays under Derrick, but rather a team who plays well WITH Derrick.

Expect the Bulls to amnesty Carlos Boozer this summer, this will cut another $16.8 million for the Bulls spending, which would hopefully allow enough salary cap room for the signing of an elite caliber free agent. All these deals give the Bulls quite a bit more wiggle room when it comes to the limitations of players they can sign.

These are absolutely long shots, but players like Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Greg Monroe and even LeBron James could potentially be attainable. The Bulls have cap space and with some tempting rookies, Chicago may be able to conjure up some sign-and-trade deals.

Losing Deng is no easy feat. It’s going to take the team some time to bounce back after their silent leader was traded away, but I bet Joakim Noah is even more upset that the poor guy has to live in Cleveland.

Farewell Luol, we’ll miss you and your Dengerous wingspan.

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With the reemergence of our main-man Derrick Rose, medical the Chicago Bulls are once again considered a top threat in the Eastern Conference and NBA Championship title contenders. After getting down and dirty with an 8-0 preseason record, cialis we can tell our Bulls are hungrier than ever.

Over the past three years the Bulls have established themselves as an elite NBA team coached by Tom Thibodeau. After last season, hospital the Bulls have also proven that no matter who is on the court, Thibs will find a way to make them competitors. With Rose’s explosiveness leading the pack, this Bulls team has lofty expectations.

The countdown for the 2013 NBA season is less than 24 hours away and that means it’s time for your Chicago Bulls-Brush-Up. Know who’s rocking the red, black and white jerseys for the Bulls this season.

Starting Lineup:

Derrick Rose #1
Position: Point Guard (PG)
Age: 25
Get up, or get out of the way. Derrick Rose is healthy and ready to get himself that NBA tile he so greatly desires. His athleticism and strength is apparent and his offensive improvements (sassy jump shot) during his recovery have only made him a more powerful force on the court. Expect an improved field goal percentage and less turnovers from DRose this season. Look out King James, DRose is looking to knock you off your MVP throne. 
Joakim Noah #13
Position: Center (C)
Age: 28
Next to Rose, Noah has become a fan favorite here in Chicago. He had a monster 2012-2013 season full of triple doubles, All-Star appearances, and a spot on the All-Defensive First Team roster. Jo-No and his messy-bun-swag give the Bulls an extra level of intensity that will only be heightened with his teammate Rose alongside him. However, the Bulls must be careful with Noah’s lingering plantar fasciitis. He was already shutdown during preseason with a sore groin injury. Restricting his minutes throughout the season will ensure a healthy All-Star center come spring.
Carlos Boozer #5
Position: Power Forward (PF)
Age: 31
There are still plenty of Booze Cruise haters, but Boozer had another solid offensive year for the Bulls last season (his defense could use a makeover). We need to accept that Carlos Boozer is never going to be the aggressive powerhouse Chicago had anticipated, but he can improve the offensive play of the team. Boozer had a solid preseason and benefited from Rose’s playmaking on the court. He is also the most active Bull on Instagram – Booze loves editing those family photos and sharing them socially.
Luol Deng #9
Position: Small Forward
Age: 28
Luol Deng has been one of the most consistent performers on the Bulls roster since being picked up in 2004. He’s made two All-Star appearances and been a silent leader of the team’s defense. Unfortunately, we’re not sure if Deng will be a Bull much longer. Sources state Deng and the Bulls have yet to agree on any sort of contract extension. Come summer, Deng’s asking price will be too high for the Bulls to afford so many are suggesting the Bulls shop around while they can get someone useful for the All-Star.
Jimmy Butler #21
Position: Shooting Guard (SG)
Age: 24
Jimmy Buckets has a bit of a fro going for the start of the 2013 season. Butler emerged at the end of last season, stole the spotlight during the playoffs and earned himself a spot in the starting lineup this year. We got to see a different side of Butler who has always had suffocating defense, but also became a presence on offense. It’s only going to get better with Rose in the lineup to create more open looks for Butler. Expect JimmyB to log quite a few minutes this season.

Bulls Back Court:

Taj Gibson #22
Position: Power Forward (PF)
Age: 28
Did Taj get himself a jump shot over the off season? He apparently spent the summer working out with DRose and Kevin Durant and we are loving the results. Taj has always been a tough defender, but with a solid jump shot, Mr. Gibson could be awfully dangerous. His game looks more powerful and smoother than in past seasons. It is very possible we’re going to see Taj’s best season yet. Early season rumors has him in the running for the Sixth Man of the Year award. 
Kirk Hinrich #12
Position: Shooting Guard
Age: 32
Captain Kirk is back for another year with the Bulls. Last season Hinrich was responsible for running the offense, but with Rose back on the court Kirk takes on a new persona for the Bulls – a tough defender who can shoot the ball. Thibs will have Hinrich come off the bench for most game starts, but we’ll be sure to see some DRose-Hinrich mixes in the lineup.
Nazr Mohammed #48
Position: Center (C)
Age: 36
Nazi isn’t the youngest buck on the Bulls, but he’s got heart. He earned some major street cred with Chicago fans when he pushed Lebron James right on his booty after James had been fouling Boozer. He stepped up during the post season putting up some necessary numbers when other teammates were struggling to produce offense. He’s not an All-Star center, but he gives his all every second he’s on the court. 
Mike Dunleavy #34
Position: Shooting Guard (SG)
Age: 33
Dunleavy joins the Bulls  after a half season with the Indiana Pacers and two years with the Milwaukee Bucks. Dunleavy is entering his 12th season in the league – don’t be fooled by his baby face ladies, this guy is a seasoned vet. The Bulls have added another Duke alum to the lineup and Dunleavy is quite excited to play under the coaching of Tom Thibodeau. 
Marquis Teague #25
Position: Point Guard (PG)
Age: 20 
He may be the youngster on the roster, but Teague has a full year of NBA play under his belt.  It’s going to be a do or die type of season for Teague who needs to prove his worth to this Bulls team with plenty of point guard talent. We could see a big season out of Teague, or we could also see him get traded during the season. 
Mike James #8
Position: Point Guard (PG)
Age: 38
Mike James nabbed the 13th roster spot for the 2013-2014 season. He’s a seasoned vet within the league, has played on multiple teams and was a part of the 2004 Piston’s Championship team. He has always been on Thibodeau’s radar and for that reason we might see more playing time than expected from the third string point guard.  He’s not in the prime of his career, but the Bulls are hoping to get some productivity out of James. If Rose or Hinrich were to face injuries, Chicago would need to lean on James to lead the way.

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Bulls Rookies 

Tony Snell #20
Position: Small Forward (SF)
Age: 21
Snell may not be the sexiest guy on the bench, but he fits coach Thibodeau’s mold. He can play tough D and isn’t afraid to pull up and take his jump shot (he was a little inconsistent during the preseason, but he’ll gain confidence with time). To most of us Snell was a big mystery draft pick as we don’t see much of the west coast NCAA play here in the midwest. Expect to see pretty good things out of this 21-year-old rookie.
Erik Murphy #31
Position: Power Forward (PF)
Age: 23
Big-man-rookie Erik Murphy won’t see too much playing time this season, but that doesn’t mean Thibs won’t utilize his three-point shooting ability in clutch situations. Murphy will also come in handy if Boozer, Taj, Noah or Nazi get into foul trouble and Chicago needs a larger presence on the floor. 

Bulls Head Coach

From NBA.com

Tom Thibodeau
Coach Thibodeau proved himself yet again last season advancing in the playoffs even without a healthy roster. Thibs instills a defensive mentality in his players that challenges even the most talented of opponents. If Thibs reputation holds true, he could see himself with another Coach of the Year award under his belt. Pair the wisdom he’s gained during his time in the league with his best roster yet and we’re in for a treat. 

What’s Next:

Bring us an NBA Championship DRose and company! It’s going to take a healthy roster, but the Bulls have the talent and depth to defeat their most rivaled opponents and finally get themselves to a NBA finals.

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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.

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  • 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.

    Rose, Deng, Murphy, Gibson & Dunleavy

  • 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.

What’s Next:

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.

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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. 

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