2011/2012 Regular Season W/L Record: 50 - 16
2012/2013 Regular Season W/L Record: 45 - 37
Derrick Rose, Mike Dunleavy Jr., Tony Snell
Subtractions: Marco Belinelli, Nate Robinson, Richard Hamilton
If things go well...
Without Derrick Rose, the Bulls finished 5th in the East last year and knocked out Brooklyn in the first round. Now they have the youngest MVP in league history who has added five inches to his vertical and looks more explosive than when he left. The Bulls will push Miami as the top team in the Eastern conference as Rose is happy to be playing but has a lot to prove to be known as the best in the league. With Noah, Deng, Boozer and even Jimmy Butler all playing at a high level, this team is dangerous and can challenge Miami in the conference finals as well. He may have sat out for 18 months, but make no mistake, in Rose’s eyes winning a championship is the only way he calls this season a success.
If things go poorly...
They are over the salary cap by quite a bit which may force the front office of the Bulls to move key pieces needed to win a championship to avoid paying the penalty tax. Rose is talented, but championship teams require multiple top players and losing any of them (Deng, Boozer or Noah) would seriously hurt their chances of winning a title. Obviously any setback to Rose’s knee would be detrimental to the season as well. Miami has won both of the playoff series between these two teams in the past 3 seasons, so the Bulls will have a powerhouse to overcome just to reach the NBA finals. Watching Rose and Lebron battle all season and then again in the playoffs would be incredible to watch.
PSD Predicted 2013/2014 W/L Record: 58 - 24
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