2012 Chicago Bulls' Playoff Chances: Fans' Opinion

Jeremy MelendezContributor IFebruary 9, 2012

MIAMI, FL - MAY 24:  (L-R) Kyle Korver #26, Carlos Boozer #5, Derrick Rose #1, Luol Deng #9 and Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls talk on court against the Miami Heat in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 24, 2011 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. The Heat won 101-93 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Bulls are currently in the midst of yet another spectacular season.

With the NBA All-Star break right around the corner, the Bulls are once again the talk of the town as they find themselves atop the Eastern Conference standings for the second straight year.

Many fans throughout the city are beginning to take notice of the Chicago Bulls even more than last year.

With the most recent addition of veteran shooting guard Richard “Rip” Hamilton, some Chicagoans share a mutual confidence that the Bulls are prepared to make some noise in this lockout-shortened season, while some feel they still need to make a few tweaks in the starting lineup.

“They are going to need to add a stronger center,” said Chase Langston, a 20-year-old Chicago native and current Columbia College student. “Joakim Noah just doesn’t do enough for the Bulls to be a championship team.”

While Langston may have a legitimate argument, not everyone feels the same. In fact, Chicago native and current DePaul University student Brian Hill feels the exact opposite.

Hill, 18, thinks the Bulls are closer to winning the title sooner rather than later.

“I think the Bulls are more than capable of winning a championship with their current team,” Hill said. “Possibly even this year.”

Everyone is obviously entitled to their opinion about whether or not the Bulls have enough talent to win it all this year. However, with Chicago playing at an almost unbeatable level, it’s pretty hard to bet against them right now.

Chicago native and current DePaul student Tony W. certainly echoed those sentiments.

“I am 100 percent sure that this is the Bulls year,” Tony W. said. “ They lost to the Heat this year because they played without Luol Deng. Deng is the most important piece to this team. If these injuries to the team don’t linger, I don’t see the Bulls having any problems this year.”