Monday, August 9, 2010

Chicago Bulls Offseason Review

The Chicago Bulls have walked this path before. Entering the 2006/2007 season the Bulls had a young core consisting of Kirk Heinrich, Ben Gordon, and Luol Deng lead them to some moderate success in the playoffs. The Bulls then lured defensive juggernaut Ben Wallace from the powerhouse Pistons with an extremely lucrative contract.

This year, the Bulls boast a young promising core of Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and Taj Gibson. To that young core they have added 2 time all star Carlos Boozer. I am by no means a fan of Boozer, the whole free agency scandal really annoyed me, but he is really going to help this team out. The addition of Boozer all but guarantees the Bulls to be a lock as the best rebounding team in the NBA. Boozer will also give the Bulls an above average post presence that they have been lacking for what seems like forever.

The Bulls may have added Carlos Boozer but their two most important players are still Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose. Joakim Noah has proved to be a winner at every level. He plays with unprecedented passion and his approach to life on and off the court, to quote Kevin Harlen "has no regard for human life" I expect Noah to continue to develop and dunk on people's face pony tail flying wildly.

Derrick Rose has apparently greatly improved his shooting, especially from long range. From my own observation Rose has also increased his presence and command of the floor. He seems to have a stronger demeanor now, in his mind he feels he is a super star and to me the confidence is very evident. I think those two improvements, combined with his already godlike physical traits will help him reach the top tier of point guards in 2010/2011.

All of this, and they have added a very solid 2 guard in Ronnie Brewer, 3 point marksman Kyle Korver (a personal NBA 2k9 favorite of mine) and defensive mastermind Tom Thibodeau (this guy was the real head coach of Boston) I feel this team is the now top of the second tier in the East. This may seem slightly controversial however I feel Orlando has taken a small step back and Boston is going to be in cruise control during the regular season. On the other hand if healthy, Chicago will have the peddle on the metal for the entire season.

It is going to be a very exciting year in Chicago! I look forward to hearing Chuck Swirsky going insane all year, onions baby onions!

Offseason Grade - A- (S if Lebron signed in Chicago)
2010/2011 Regular Season Record - 55 - 27 (Second in East)

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