Chicago Bulls fans have been longing for a championship-caliber team ever since Michael Jordan retired after winning his sixth NBA championship in the 1998 season. Jordan somewhat spoiled Bulls fans throughout the 90s with his overall dominance of the game, and ever since, Bulls fans have held high expectations for every team that has followed. However, after an extremely successful 2011 campaign, never have expectations been as high as they are now.
Last season, the Bulls posted an impressive 62-20 record, a 21-game improvement from the previous season. Their record was also good enough for the best record in the entire league and earned them the overall No. 1 seed in the playoffs.
The Bulls were able to cruise through the first two rounds of the playoffs behind Derrick Rose’s strong play, but the team hit a speed bump when they finally faced off against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. Rose looked lost throughout, as he was shut down by LeBron James, and the rest of the Bulls roster failed to make many significant contributions.
After an embarrassing collapse in Game 5, a game the Bulls should have easily won, the Bulls went home empty handed and their fans went home disappointed.
This year, the Bulls team is set on one goal and one goal only: bringing a NBA championship back to the city of Chicago. Nothing else will suffice. Led by last season’s MVP, the Bulls roster looks poised to make another deep run in to the playoffs and take the next step by making and winning the NBA Finals.
Through 11 games, the Bulls have recorded a 9-2 record and seem to be stronger than ever. Here is a look at 20 takeaways from the start of the Chicago Bulls' 2012 season. Hope you enjoy!