When any star player is lost for an extended period of time, it is hard for the team. However, things can go one of two ways.
Either everything collapses, or the team pulls together and toughs it out. I personally think the Bulls have the players to tough it out and stay competitive.
While it may be tough for them to win 60 games, it is hard to see them losing 40.
Recently, ESPNChicago.com's Nick Fridell predicted the Bulls would win 50 games. In the same article, former NBA coach and current announcer Jeff Van Gundy said the Bulls would be lucky to win half their games.
While Rose is a former Rookie of the Year, three-time All-Star and former league MVP, he is not irreplaceable, and if a few guys step up, it might make them even better in the long run. Give coach Tom Thibodeau three months to plan, and anything could happen.
So who will be fine without Rose and who might be even better without him?