If you are a fan of the NBA, then you should know this story like the back of your hand. The best teams in the league are all in the Western Conference: You’ve got your Los Angeles Lakers, your San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, etc. Meanwhile, the worst teams tend to be all on the east side of the country: New York Knicks, Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers, etc.
You get the picture. It’s almost as if fate cursed everyone born in the middle of the country with mediocre teams — as if being a sports fan wasn’t hard enough.
But that does not mean the Eastern Conference is devoid of greatness. Quite the contrary, actually. Because within the muck that is the East stands quite a few teams that know how to get the job done. Among them are the 2012-13 NBA Champion Miami Heat, the up-and-coming Indiana Pacers and, though no one would have predicted this after the start of the year they had, the Chicago Bulls.
It is without much argument that the Bulls have shown more life this season than any other team in the league. After losing their star and team leader Derrick Rose to yet another season-ending injury, the team was sent into overdrive, needing to find ways to right their ship in what should have been a guaranteed championship-contending season.
But due to the excellent work of coach Tom Thibodeau and the great teamwork of his players, Chicago solved their problems and then some. They are currently combating for third-place in the East with the Toronto Raptors after a transcendent start to 2014 has them winning 10-of-12 games so far.
There are some who dismiss the Bulls’ talent and winning record due to the East’s rather poor standings, but those claims can be easily refuted. The Bulls possess a spirit and talent that other teams in the league can barely muster even on their best days. Even with a weak roster and the worst offense in the league (ranked 30th), they still managed to place themselves within serious talks of deep playoff contention.
Only a team like the Bulls are capable of accomplishing a task like this.
The Bulls are going to be in the top-three best teams in the East for a long time, no doubt about it. Chicago’s heart and undying effort makes it hard for them to be shut down, especially if it’s their Eastern brethren trying to take them on.