The Start of a New Bulls Dynasty

Boozer, Rose, Noah, Deng and Korver

Photo Credit

At 62-20, the Chicago Bulls finished the 2010/2011 season with the best record in the NBA. The last time the Bulls finished with the best record in the league was during the 1997/1998 season, and they shared that record with the Jazz, as both teams finished with (you guessed it) a 62-20 record. While the Bulls looked really good during the season, the playoffs proved to be a tough obstacle after facing the Pacers, Hawks and eventually falling to the Heat. I know watching the Heat losing in the Finals cushioned the blow of what happened at the end of this season, but Bulls fans were left with a sour taste in their mouths. Let me help you get rid of that feeling.

Derrick Rose has been in the league for three seasons, and just led the Bulls to the conference finals after winning the league’s MVP award. It took Jordan five seasons to lead the Bulls to the conference finals, four seasons to win the MVP and seven years to eventually win the franchise’s first NBA title. Just as it took a few seasons to build a team around Jordan to get the team to a championship, the current Bulls team is building a team around Rose — with a stellar lineup including Deng, Boozer, Noah and a phenomenal bench.

As Bulls fans, we have a lot to look forward to. Putting together not only a championship caliber team but a dynasty takes time. Let’s mark this past season up as another learning experience for a young Bulls team and another opportunity to get hungry for what has yet to come. Jordan’s Bulls lost twice in the Eastern Conference Finals to Detroit’s “Bad Boys” before winning three straight championships. The similarities between these two eras are undeniable. However, if I could change one thing it would be the nickname for Wade, James, Bosh and whoever else the Heat have on the court at that time as “the Flopping Five.”

We are undeniably a dynasty in the making, so long as we stay true to our team’s philosophy of defense, hustle and teamwork. I know a lot of people are getting excited about trade rumors — one of the more far-fetched ideas I’ve read about is acquiring Dwight Howard. While an exciting enterprise to think about pursuing, is Howard what the Bulls really need and is attaining him worth losing possibly Noah, Gibson and prospects? It’s best to think in terms of what the team needs and who could help the team in a way that meshes well with our current roster. I’m talking about signing a shooting guard, and I think Monta Ellis or OJ Mayo is the final puzzle piece to completing this modern Bulls dynasty. Until next October, I recommend keeping an eye on the Bulls’ off-season moves. With any luck, the front office will diligently be working on signing a shooting guard worthy of starting along with Boozer, Rose, Noah and Deng. It’s not outlandish to say the Bulls are one player away from winning a championship. And management knows that.

In regards to how the current roster can improve in the off-season, I think it would be in Rose’s best interest to work on a post game. Last summer, he worked extremely hard on his three-point shot and it showed once the season started. He’s already the most explosive point guard in the game and an effective finisher to say the least. A developed post game would allow him to spin and drive to the basket or turn around for a fadeaway jumper, and at his size point guards would not be able to stop him. Boozer knows he has his work cut out for him and I hope to see his defense on par with what Thibodeau expects from his players.

Of course, these are merely my thoughts, and I’m more than excited to see what this team can do in the years to come. What do you think the Bulls can do next season to get this team where it needs to be to win a championship? Let us know in the comments below!

Pat Howard

About Pat Howard

Patrick grew up in Jefferson and Norwood Park on Chicago's northwest side. He spent most of his childhood playing sports, but when he wasn't holding a bat or shooting free throws he found he needed a creative outlet for his thoughts. He found he had a love of storytelling and how it brings people together. This is when he started writing creatively and talking to people... a lot. He attended college at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota where he graduated with a degree in journalism and English. He soon returned to Chicago where he is currently working at a career as a journalist.


  • Sean K
    June 23, 2011 | Permalink |

    Ellis would be nice, and Mayo would be ok but we’d prob have to give up a lot for them. I think we should roll the dice on JR smith depending on how the cap/exceptions are structured after the new CBA if there even are still going to be exceptions. Also we might be able to get Michael Redd (if his knee isn’t completely busted) or Grant Hill for cheap.

  • Name*
    June 23, 2011 | Permalink |

    If O.J. is available I think the Bulls should investigate the possibility. A shooting guard who is consistent with hitting threes and playing the kind of defense both Brewer and Bogues play would help Rose immensely. We need to get more out of Boozer but with Taj coming off the bench with two playoff years behind him helps. Joakim shows great energy and is a great offensive rebounder. I really am excited to see the direction the Bulls are going. You want to build not to compete against the Heat but to win championships. PS : Asik is going to get better as a number two center.

  • Marty
    June 24, 2011 | Permalink |

    I think Rip Hamilton would be a nice fit, and we could pick him up as a FA. He’d divert attention off of D-Rose even while Rose had the ball at the top of the key. Few are better off the ball then Rip. He could also teach Kyle Korver a thing or two about playing off the ball on offense.

    I just hope the Bulls don’t give away any of our young big men. Noah, Gibson, and Asik are all phenomenal.

    In other news… Ron Artest is trying to change his name to Metta World Peace. Bravo.

  • June 25, 2011 | Permalink |

    Yeah the Bulls definitely need a shooting guard but they also need low post scoring, and the inside/outside post combination of Howard, Boozer, and Noah for defense would be deadly. After looking at the Bulls’ picks in the recent draft, its safe to say they are going to fix the shooting guard problem or at least put a band-aid on it. The bottom line is that Rose needs someone (besides himself) he can depend on during crunch time.

  • Jake
    June 26, 2011 | Permalink |

    Shooting guard is a top priority for the Bulls. Rose can play both PG and SG but that only works so long. It will be tough to get someone to fill that spot this year since the draft wasn’t that great plus teams won’t want to part with their players for cheap. I don’t see OJ moving anywhere since Memphis became a playoff-contending team and Monta Ellis, even though he’s rumored to want a trade from the Warriors, would require the Bulls to move some serious pieces around to get him there. As far as big men are concerned, Howard is staying put with the Magic for at least another season (he’s stated that himself). The Bulls are in no need of him since they are (nearly) stacked in that department – Noah, Boozer, Asik, Deng, Gibson. If the Magic don’t do so well next season, who knows, Howard may just want to try his trade somewhere else (hopefully on the west coast in purple and gold).

  • Pat Howard Pat Howard
    June 27, 2011 | Permalink |

    Only time will tell how this team will do in the future but I think it’s safe to say we are in advantageous position. I agree with what you are all saying — we need a starter caliber shooting guard. When I first wrote this, Mayo and Ellis came to mind but there are some other options out there like Hamilton or maybe even Tayshaun Prince. I just don’t want to change up the chemistry of this team by adding a selfish player or a head case which is why I would say J.R. Smith is not a good idea. If the team doesn’t give up Boozer for a shooting guard then he needs to step up his low post scoring. Hopefully, after a year working with the Bulls’ offense he can come stronger next season because I remember Boozer and Williams developed a great chemistry on the Jazz but it took some time. I am hopeful that this team continues to work and grow together because they are young, levelheaded and well-coached. All the team really needs right now is that one guard who can play defense and take a little bit of pressure off Rose. I can’t wait to see what this team does next year.