Chicago Bulls 2013-14 Preview • Latino Sports


Chicago Bulls 2013-14 Preview


Chicago, IL – Chicago has made very little moves in the offseason, but their team is much improved over last season. It helps when you get back a superstar in Derrick Rose, who was the league MVP a few healthy seasons ago. However, this is a different, more mature Derrick Rose.

A more explosive D Rose. A better shooting D Rose, with a higher basketball IQ. His return alone, makes them a top team again in the entire league. He has increased his range and his vertical jump, which has increased from 37” to 42”. He also added about 10 lbs of muscle to his frame and he has showed that strength in the preseason. In Chicago, there were many fans who were knocking Rose for not returning last season, but how quickly will that all be forgotten when he returns to prominence once more?

As important as his improvement has been, you can’t down play the improvements made by the whole team across the board. This Bulls team as a whole went into this offseason on a mission! Carlos Boozer came into camp as fit as he has ever been with the Bulls. He came into training camp leaner and in great shape. Taj Gibson worked out with Rose over the summer in LA and added about 15lbs of muscle to his frame in the offseason. Not to mention, his jump shot has been solid in the preseason, as he worked on his range during the offseason as well.

Jimmy Butler never stopped working this offseason. He, too, put in plenty of work in the gym and even joined Rose in LA for offseason workouts. Joakim Noah was limited in the offseason due to his foot issues that he dealt with all of last season, and Loul Deng had to work back from the spinal tap issue he had in the playoffs last season, but they are both all-star caliber players who focus on defense and gives the Bulls their tough defensive I.D.

The only offseason pick up of note was Mike Dunleavy Jr. He signed with the Bulls for less money than he could have received elsewhere, just so he could play for a championship contender. He will fit in perfectly with Coach Tom Thibodeau’s defense, as well as the offense with his ability to hit the corner 3 and open up the lane for Rose.

Don’t get me wrong, Miami is still the team to beat this season, and all roads to the Championship go through the Heat. It’s just like in boxing, if you want to be the champ,, you’ve got to beat the champ! And the champs improved their roster this offseason too, signing low risk players who have a lot of upside.

Michael Beasley has shown flashes in the preseason, and if Greg Oden can ever stay healthy for more than 3 games at a time, the Heat can be even more dangerous than before. The Indiana Pacers and Brooklyn Nets both improved their rosters as well this season, and both provide tough matchup’s for any team. All of these teams will be competing for the top spot in a top heavy Eastern Conference this season.

While Chicago has struggled to stay healthy for the past few seasons, their health is the only thing holding them back from being the team to beat this season. But if they can stay healthy, and if Coach Thibs can manage players minutes a little better, the sky is the limit! It may be fall, but D Rose is in full bloom!

Rick Gardunio wrote this article. He is newest writer and he will be covering the Chicago Bulls. You can follow Rick on Twitter at @YouHeardMeh.

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