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With the Chicago Bulls getting past the Miami Heat, they should have no trouble of bringing home the NBA title for the first time since 1998.
The Western Conference's best teams don't scare the Bulls.
The Oklahoma City Thunder did destroy the Bulls 92-78 April 1, but Derrick Rose and Richard Hamilton didn't play. The Bulls have more veteran savvy than the Thunder and are a superior defensive team.
The San Antonio Spurs are an old, experienced team. However, their bench lacks experience which will give the Bulls and their Bench Mob an edge.
The Los Angeles Lakers do have Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum, but the Bulls again the deeper team.
Not only that, but the Bulls have constantly said they are going for an NBA title, as evidenced by telling Bulls fans that "Banner No. 7" is coming (via Chicago Tribune).
The Bulls were so close last year, and Derrick Rose and his teammates have all learned from it and have become closer.
This closeness and continuity, coupled with the Bulls determination and talent, will land the franchise's first NBA championship since the Michael Jordan years.
Bob Bajek is an NBA/Chicago Bulls featured columnist. He is also a freelance reporter and can be followed on Patch.com and Twitter.