See Red Into A New Era: Chicago Bulls


A new beginning is upon us in the Windy City. The Bulls organization has made some significant changes over the summer that have transformed the shape of the team. The Bulls officially traded away their franchise (and my favorite) player, Derrick Rose, to the New York Knicks for Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon (thankfully we cut him), and Jerian Grant (Former Chicago Bull Horace Grant’s nephew). In free agency, we elected not to bring back Pau Gasol (signed with San Antonio) or fan favorite Joakim Noah (signed with New York to play with D.Rose).

The Bulls front office, at the time, said they wanted to get “younger and more athletic”. We eventually drafted Denzel Valentine out of Michigan State. However, things got interesting when the Bulls decided to sign free agent point guard Rajon Rondo. The biggest and most unexpected news was the signing of free agent shooting guard, and Chicago native Dywane Wade. The Bulls pursued Wade in the summer of 2010. There were actual signs that Dywane Wade was going to sign with Chicago, but that changed at the 11th hour when Lebron James decided to take his talents to South Beach.

With that being said, the initial plan of rebuilding has turned into a retooling phase. Recently, the Bulls traded Tony Snell to the Milwaukee Bucks, for former rookie of the year winner Michael Carter-Williams. With all the changes, Chicago has one of the more interesting teams in the league. They lack 3 point shooting, but have better defense and can attack the basket. We did get somewhat younger but added veteran leaders and championship experience. We’re not quite a championship contender and not good enough to beat Cleveland. However, if we make the playoffs, we won’t be an easy out either.

It’s definitely a different vibe with the team because this is a new era with the Bulls. Last season was the beginning of the transition when they fired Tom Thibodeau and hired Fred Hoiberg. This year, we enter a grey area in which we don’t really know the outcome. We can finish as low as probably the 11th or 12th best in the Eastern Conference, or we have the ability to challenge for a home court advantage in the first round. One thing is for sure, I’m going to be here for the ride. I’ll have my Dywane Wade shirt ready for when we start our season against Boston. Let’s see what happens!

JGOOD

Chicago Bulls: Sink Or Swim


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My beloved Chicago Bulls has had an interesting season thus far. Many would say it’s disappointing so far. I’ll admit their record and positioning within the Eastern Conference is lower than I expected, but what did you really expect when Harvey Dent (Fred Hoiberg) is implementing a new system (he looks like Harvey Dent from “The Dark Knight” to me).

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I expected the new changes to take time and I’m fine with that. What I didn’t expect was for my Bulls to have a lack of effort for long stretches, especially on the defensive end. The gritty, pressuring, “tough-as-nails” defensive identity is gone. It may come back but not anytime soon. The injuries during the year doesn’t help, especially when one of your all-star players is out for over a month.

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On the flip side, the most positive thing that I have noticed is the REAL return of Derrick Rose. He struggled out the gate and people were seriously questioning if he would ever be a shell of himself. Now, his numbers are almost identical to his prime years and his incomparable explosiveness, agility, and speed looks back to his younger days.

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The 7 games that Rose has played in since the All-star break, he’s averaged 21.4 ppg while shooting over 50% from the field. The chemistry him and Jimmy Butler has hit a new plateau. The role players like E’Twuan Moore, Doug McDermott, Mike Dunleavey, and Taj Gibson has played a lot since the beginning of the year. Things are finally start to click.

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The Bulls are sitting at the 8th seed with 20 games to go. Jimmy Buckets will back soon, Derrick Rose has looked great, and the team itself is playing better. The future is unknown after this season with players like Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah hitting the free agency. It’s sink or swim for my Bulls. Hopefully they have life jackets at the very least.

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