The Start of a New Bulls Dynasty
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!