Key Additions: Mike Dunleavy and Erik Murphy
Key Departures: Nate Robinson, Marco Belinelli, and Richard Hamilton
So far in this NBA preseason it looks like that "Derrick Rose guy" is still pretty good at basketball. He looks more explosive than ever with an increased verticle and a plethora of nay-sayers to prove wrong. He did experience a little bit of knee soreness while overseas but has come back and played extremely well in subsequent games. Rose will look to lead the Bulls to a huge season and show everyone, including himself, that he is back and better than ever.
Last season Tom Thibodeau proved his worth in motivating and piloting a team, without many if any stars and very little scoring, to a first round upset of the Brooklyn Nets. Last years team, possibly due in part at increased workloads, suffered a plethora of injuries as Richard Hamilton, Joakim Noak, Kirk Hinrich, and Taj Gibson combined to miss 87 games. So many injuries to key pieces in a team would cause many teams to implode and have a horrible year but Thibodeau refused to let this happen.
Defense is a constant with any Thibodeau coached team. With the return of Rose and a healthy Luol Deng to go along with Joakim Noah the Bulls will easily rank near the top of the league in defense. The infusion of outside shooting which Mike Dunleavy will bring the offense will also be a force to be reckoned with. Rose will be making his signature drives to the basket and be able to drop the ball off to Joakim Noah (also healthy once again) or kick it to Deng or Dunleavy for open looks from the perimeter. Losing Nate Robinson will be a blow to the bench but its nothing Thibodeau can't handle and Marquis Teague lookd to have improved over the offseason. Rose has basically said that with the way the team preformed without him last year that there is no reason they cannot contend for a championship this season and he isn't one to back down from expectations.