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2010-2011 Chicago Bulls Preview


2009-10 Record: 41-41, 8th in Eastern Conference; lost in East first round, 4-1, to Cleveland

Head Coach: Tom Thibodeau, 1st season

Key Additions: F Carlos Boozer, G Ronnie Brewer, F Kyle Korver, G Keith Bogans, F Kurt Thomas

Key Losses: G Acie Law, G Kirk Hinrich, F Hakim Warrick, C Brad Miller

The Bulls are not quite ready to contend for glory unseen since No.  23 retired, but signing Utah’s frontcourt and bright young guard Ronnie Brewer will certainly speed up that process.  New head coach Tom Thibodeau is unproven, but should have enough talent around him to hide whatever rookie deficiencies he may possess. The crown jewel of that talent pool at Thibodeau’s disposal is Derrick Rose, who has quickly risen to become one of the best young players in the league.  Do not be surprised if Rose is receiving serious MVP consideration by season’s end.

The big virtue of the Bulls heading into this season is that they have the best 1 through 5 mix in the East. Rose is the centerpiece, but Chicago owns quality at each position and can balance offense with defense. Boozer gives the Bulls a scoring big man they’ve lacked in the past, but Joakim Noah is still around to play defense, rebound, and block shots. Korver is a terrific shooter, while Brewer is another energy guy who will help the Bulls defensively. Thibodeau is a good fit as a coach because he’s a defensive guru. Most of the guys on his roster are offense-first players. A defense-first mindset is exactly what this team needs to get to the top of the East. It just might get there; an East Finals appearance versus Miami is a very legitimate possibility.

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By Matthew Zemek
DFN Sports Senior Staff Writer

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