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One can’t really blame the Chicago Bulls for falling behind in this offseason, mainly because Derrick Rose’s injury is the biggest ingredient of their fall. However, the potential loss of Omer Asik, the necessary trade of Kyle Korver and the continued lack of a secondary scorer are also contributing problems.
This team is a complete one, so I don’t blame them for not adding any big pieces. They really didn’t have much that they could do to avoid being left behind by some of the other teams.
And make no mistake: This Bulls team will still be extremely competitive at the top of the Eastern Conference once it gets Rose back. However, until then, this team will probably hover in the No. 5 to No. 9 range of the playoff picture.
This Bulls team isn’t gone forever, but next season will definitely be an uphill climb with Rose. The Nets, Heat and Celtics have all gotten better, while the Bulls will be much worse at the start of the year without Rose. Even when he returns, I don't expect a vast improvement.
I can’t help but wonder if they'd be better off had they not overpaid for Carlos Boozer a few years back. Hindsight is 20-20 though, and few would have predicted that Boozer would have been as lackluster as he now is.
As I said before, I can’t blame them, but it is the truth. Luckily for them, they have one of the NBA’s best coaches in Tom Thibodeau. He could be their only hope.