The All-Star break was much needed, and most players and coaches of the NBA are excited to get that four day break from everything basketball; it’s a time to rest the bodies and minds from the physical and mental pounding.
Once the mini vacation is over, however, the playoff teams are ready to get back to work and see what type of shot they have on making a run. The Chicago Bulls are in a very good position in the Eastern Conference and ready to roll in the second half of the season.
Many Bulls fans would like them to tweak the roster at the trading deadline, which is this Thursday, Feb. 20. There aren’t many moves to be made unless a dominant player can come right in and contribute, and those types of players are usually not available at this time, so the fans will just have to be happy with the product that is constructed now. It is a very productive bunch of guys, with a exceptional coach in Tom Thibodeau, who gets the best out of his players.
The Bulls have already made some moves this season. They acquired some backup point guard help in D.J. Augustine when Derrick Rose went down for the season, and they traded away a huge asset and locker room leader in Luol Deng basically for cap space. They have been through so many injuries and players in and out of the lineups in the first half of the season, and with all that has happened, they sit right in the middle of the Eastern Conference in fourth place. However, the Bulls are very resilient and have that never quit attitude. Many thought they would fold and tank, but that is not how they operate.
The second half of the season is in full gear and the Bulls are ready to make some serious noise. This is one team that no one wants to face down the stretch, as they are a bad matchup for most teams in the East because of the coaching and great defense.
No, the Bulls won’t win a championship, but they will make things interesting when it is all said and done.