While most of the Chicago Bulls fans were expecting some good news, the worst prediction turned out to be confirmed today. With the news that star PG Derrick Rose will be sidelined for the reminder of the season, the Bulls will have a tough time replacing not only his production, but also his leadership.
The former MVP was supposed to give the team a spark heading into this season after being out last year to repair a torn ACL suffered on 2012, and while it will be difficult to see him out, someone needs to step it up on the Bulls roster to lead the team in this campaign. That player should be no other than Joakim Noah.
Noah already had a major breakout last season when he became the leader of the team with Rose out, and now that the situation will be repeated all over again, he will need to return to that leadership role that proved to fit so well with his personality last season. Carlos Boozer isn’t leadership material and while Luol Deng is a solid player, he’s more of a complementary piece in this roster.
There are no veterans on the roster that can take charge of leading the team towards the playoffs this season, and while some of them will need to see a bigger role on the hardwood due to the recent events, the only one with the necessary experience to put this team on his back is Noah.
The Bulls’ chances of doing something significant this year are basically over now that Rose won’t be back this year, but if Noah emerges as a true force on and off the hardwood, Chicago will have even greater chances next year if D-Rose is able to come back strong.