2015 Chicago Bulls Season Preview
The Chicago Bulls have strung together solid season after solid season, but have failed to reach the Eastern Conference Finals since 2011. Last season saw Derrick Rose get hurt once again, but he returned and played in his most games since his MVP season in 2011. Much of Chicago’s chances in 2015 will ride on the health of its superstar. If Derrick Rose is able to stay healthy, he might have the most talented cast around him in his career. Jimmy Butler is coming off one of the best seasons of his career, and the duo of Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah is one of the best defensive front courts in the NBA. Throw in the hot shooting of Doug McDermott, and Kirk Hinrich, and the 2015 Chicago Bulls roster is as solid top to bottom as it has been since Michael Jordan retired. Look for Chicago to challenge the elite teams in the Eastern Conference, and if Derrick Rose can stay healthy, the Chicago Bulls are legitimate title contenders in 2015-16.
2014 Chicago Bulls Season Preview
The 2013-14 NBA season was supposed to be the return of superstar Derrick Rose for the Chicago Bulls. But only two months into the season, Derrick Rose suffered another knee injury that would require surgery and keep him out for the rest of the season. The Bulls rallied to still make the playoffs, but without Rose, the Chicago Bulls were ousted in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The Chicago Bulls made a couple of major moves in the offseason and come into the 2014-15 NBA season with high expectations. The Bulls signed free agent Pau Gasol to come in and add extra scoring potential to their front court. Chicago also welcomed rookie Doug McDermott, who should have an immediate impact for the Bulls with his stellar outside shooting. Point guard D.J. Augustin left Chicago, but will be replaced by swingman Aaron Brooks, and a returning Derrick Rose. Rose looked strong this summer in international play and is as close to the old Derrick Rose as he has been in the last 3 years. Still, how far the Chicago Bulls will go in the playoffs depends mightily on the knees of Derrick Rose.
2013 Chicago Bulls Season Preview
The Bulls will once again have one of the best defenses in the league, but it’s the return of superstar point guard Derrick Rose that everyone is waiting for. Coach Tom Thibodeau will have a healthy Rose, Luol Deng, Joaquim Noah and Carlos Boozer to help spearhead an attack on Miami as kings of the Eastern Conference. The Bulls also added Mike Dunleavy in the offeseason, while they lost Daequan Cook, Richard Hamilton and Nate Robinson. The Bulls begin their season on Nov. 2 in Philadelphia, and will visit Indiana before their home opener on Nov. 8 against the Utah Jazz. Other key home games will be vs. the defending champion Miami Heat on Dec. 5, vs. the high-flying L.A. Clippers on Jan. 24 and vs. the re-tooled Brooklyn Nets on Feb 13.
2012 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.
2011 Chicago Bulls Season 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.
2010 Chicago Bulls Season 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.
2009 Chicago Bulls Season 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.