As you all may know, Derrick Rose has recently torn his meniscus in his right knee for the second time. The first coming back in November of 2013 which knocked him out for the entire season.
Previously, the Bulls have managed to compete decently in the Eastern Conference, but there’s no denial that without Rose, this is a different team.
With that being said, I still believe this Bulls team is much better than the teams of 2013 and 2014. With the emergence of Jimmy Butler as the go to guy and the addition of Pau Gasol, the Bulls were set to make a title run with Rose back.
However, injuries are really starting to take their toll. Taj Gibson suffered an ankle injury, Pau Gasol has been out with an illness, and Rose had the meniscus tear.
Gibson and Gasol will be back before the playoffs, so the Bulls title hopes all fall on Derrick Rose’s return. He has 4-6 weeks to prepare mentally because he has no choice but to come back strong. He’s already angered the city of Chicago with his comments on preserving his body for his future, but now it’s time to ball.
Aaron Brooks has been playing well for the last few games, but he isn’t capable of leading them into a deep playoff run.
Chicago has just moved into the second seed of the Eastern Conference, so everything will be ready for his return.
Heck, the first game the Bulls play six weeks from now are the Philadelphia 76ers. The perfect game for Rose to get back into game shape with.
For the first time, there’s some urgency for Rose to return now that Coach Thibodeau’s job is on the line if there’s no deep playoff run. Initially, the Bulls were my choice to make it to the Finals, but with the combination of Cleveland’s excellent play as of late combined with Chicago’s injuries, I may have to change my prediction.
For possibly the third year in a row, only time will tell whether these Chicago Bulls can finally make it back to the NBA Finals.