Chicago Bulls Season Preview History
2012-13 CHICAGO BULLS SEASON PREVIEW
The Chicago Bulls were enjoying one of their best seasons in recent memory until a freak injury caused it all to come crashing down. The Bulls finished the year with a tremendous 50-16 record, but that was overshadowed by the loss of point guard Derrick Rose, who was lost late in the season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). As a result, the Bulls would lose in the opening round of the playoffs to the Philadelphia 76ers, becoming only the fifth number one seed in NBA history to be knocked out by a number eight seed. With the season finally behind them, the Bulls look to finish what they started in the coming season and hope to have Derrick Rose back by the time the team is ready to make a big playoff push.
As a result of their doomed season, the front office decided to shake up its bench in a big way, releasing players like Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer, John Lucas and Omer Asik and restock the roster with veteran talent. The first big change comes in Marco Belinelli, who should prove to be an improvement over Korver at shooting guard. The team also picked up Nazr Mohammed for depth at center, Vladimir Radmanovic to bolster the forward position and Nate Robinson and Kurt Hinrich to provide quality depth at the point guard position. In the draft, the Bulls made a wise move to pick up guard Marquis Teague from Kentucky, which should solidify the position until Rose is able to make his return.
Even without Derrick Rose for the beginning of the 2012-13 season, the Bulls still have a very strong lineup that can contend with anyone in the Eastern Conference. Hinrich, Robinson and Teague should provide a solid rotation at point guard, while Richard Hamilton and Belinelli will form a strong tandem at shooting guard. The Bulls really missed the presence of Joakim Noah at center during the playoffs, so his return should help both on offense and defense. At forward, Carlos Boozer is a cornerstone of the offense, and he pairs very well with longtime veteran Luol Deng at small forward. Ultimately, if the new depth that the team signed in the offseason can gel together, the squad could feasibly be stronger than they were a year ago.
While the 2011-12 season is a loss to many Bulls' fans, the coming year is still filled with plenty of promise and an improved roster that is more than capable of contending for an NBA title. Chicago Bulls 2012 NBA Season Preview:
The Chicago Bulls are looking to go beyond the Eastern Conference Finals this year, and hoping it’s time for Derrick Rose to win a title to go along with his 2011 MVP award. Rose is the youngest ever to win the award, but the Bulls fell to the Miami Heat in last year’s Conference Finals. With a truncated season, youth may be on the team’s side considering their youth: Rose is 23; forward Luol Deng and center Joakim Noah is 26; Carlos Boozer is the old man on the squad at 30. This will be important at the end of the year when the weeks of playing five games in a week (including three consecutive nights) are wearing down older teams and their knees.
2010-2011 Chicago Bulls NBA Preview:
Although they may have missed out on the LeBron James lottery this offseason, the Chicago Bulls are loaded with a wealth of young talent at nearly every position, and may be able to make a deep playoff run behind new coach Tom Thibodeau.
The Bulls are led by former Memphis star Derrick Rose at point guard. Although he runs the point, Rose is one of the premiere scorers in the NBA, and he averaged 20.8 points a game last season. In addition to scoring, Rose dished out an impressive six assists per game. Rose is not alone, as center Joakim Noah has emerged as one of the best big men in the league. The 6-foot-11 Noah is a significant presence down low and averaged a double-double last season while blocking 1.6 shots per game.
While Rose, Noah, Luol Deng and other role players such as Kyle Korver snuck into the playoffs last season, the offseason acquisition of Carlos Boozer should make them a more serious contender. Boozer, who averaged 19.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game last year for the Utah Jazz, will provide a spark on both offense and defense.
2009-2010 Chicago Bulls NBA Preview:
The Chicago Bulls head into the 2009-2010 NBA season with renewed confidence. The Bulls are looking to build upon a strong postseason appearance last year that saw them barely lose to the Boston Celtics. Bulls Head Coach Vinny Del Negro has point guard Derrick Rose back to run the Chicago offense. Supporting Rose are veterans Luol Deng, Kirk Hinrich and Brad Miller. If the Bulls get hot this year, look for them to return to their position as one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.
2008-2009 Chicago Bulls NBA Preview:
The Chicago Bulls are one of the most exciting teams to watch in the NBA today. With the addition of the first-round overall pick Derrick Rose in their favor, the Bulls hope to see a resurgence of their 1990's glory this season. To see the Bulls play at the United Center, home of the greatest NBA player of all time in Michael Jordan, is to be witness to both NBA’s history and its bright future.