The Chicago Bulls are arguably the best team in the NBA. Some can make great cases for other teams, such as, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Miami Heat, or even the San Antonio Spurs. However, the 45-14 record the Bulls boast is impressive on so many levels. They have battled through injuries to their star player, Derrick Rose. Their off-season signing of Rip Hamilton hasn’t played out the way most have hoped as he has also battled injuries all year. Even without their starting point guard and shooting guard, the Bulls just keep stampeding through the NBA like it’s no big deal. Which brings me to a very valid question? If the Bulls are 100% healthy going into the playoffs, can any team really stop them? Without question, the Bulls bench aka the benchmob, is the deepest in the league. C.J. Watson, who played hero the other night against the Miami Heat, is a very effective backup to Derrick. John Lucas III has also shined on some nights when asked too. Taj Gibson outplays $60 Million dollar man Carlos Boozer on some nights, and the Turkish delight, Omer Asik is developing into a modern day Luc Longley. Kyle Korver has stepped it up as of late, and is really giving defenses fits. Ronnie Brewer has to be the best baseline player in the NBA, and gives the Bulls constant hustle and energy on a nightly basis. Oh, and did I forget to mention Luol Deng and Joakim Noah? Let’s face it, the Bulls are the deepest team in the NBA. Taking a trip down memory lane, this 2012 team reminds me a whole bunch of the 98′ championship team. Yes, we all know who Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen are, but let’s not forget the little guys that helped along the way. The Bulls won with the likes of Steve Kerr, Jud Buechler, Jason Caffey, Ron Harper, Luc Longley, Toni Kukoc, and Bill Wennington on the roster! No, Derrick Rose is not Michael Jordan. However, the Bulls have all the nuts and bolts for a championship run just like they did for the better half of a decade in the 90’s. There is not a more complete team in the NBA if you ask me, if there is, please show me because I just don’t see it. We are almost there, Chicago.
IF Derrick can be 100% healthy, and Rip Hamilton doesn’t fall apart like an old bag of bones, this team is primed to cast revenge on the Miami Heat and make it to the finals. Bulls’ regular season is pretty much wrapped up; they have clinched the Central division, and are 3.5 games ahead of the Heat for the #1 seed. Hopefully, the Bulls can give their MVP a nice rest with 7 games left on the schedule, and get ready for a big playoff push. I see no need for them to push Derrick in these last 7 games as they really mean nothing, in terms of seeding. Only thing at stake here is home court advantage over the Heat if they meet in the Eastern Conference Finals. I say either limit him for the rest of regular season, or rest the kid; give him as much time as possible to rest that torn groin, that bum ankle, and some time to reflect on how the Heat handled the Bulls 4-1 in last year’s ECF. Bulls may have beat the Heat the other night with not much help from their MVP, but no chance they can do that in a 7 game series without him on the court. That playoff smell is in the air, like a rainstorm before it arrives. It’s time to bring that trophy back to the West Side of Chicago. It’s time for revenge, the Bulls want it, Derrick wants it, and Chicago wants it.
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