If you’re a Chicago Bulls fan reading the headline of this article, I apologize for causing you to spit beer all over your keyboard and monitor. I’m sure you’re thinking, “Losing the Bulls’ two best players, one being our MVP, and the other being our defensive centerpiece, is NO PROBLEM?!?!” Allow me to bring your highly elevated blood pressure back down to an acceptable level.
The Chicago Bulls injury woes are well documented, but allow me to briefly reiterate them for those that have been living under a rock. Derrick Rose, Chicago’s Golden Child, is out until January or later after tearing his ACL in game 1 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals match up against the Philadelphia 76ers. Luol Deng, a 2011-2012 All-Defensive Second Team selection, spent the majority of the season nursing a left wrist injury.
While he is able to play, Deng’s injury requires surgery, and with his patriotic goal of representing Great Britain in the Olympics this summer, the surgery will have to be postponed. Once Luol’s surgery is taken care of, he is expected to miss as much as the first two months of the NBA season, according to ESPN.com.
As it stands, that’s clearly a very BIG problem for a team that was expected to compete for a title this season. However, despite losing a chunk of their starting lineup for a large part of the season, there are some bright spots to look forward to, as well as some compelling storylines.
I am personally resigned to the idea that Chicago will suffer an early post-season exit, or no post-season at all, thus making it easier to focus on the adjustments this team has the potential to make.
Now that I’ve taken care of all the formalities, let’s delve in to the positive aspects of the Bulls’ upcoming season.