NBA Podcast: Complete Season Preview for the Chicago Bulls

Joel C. CordesNBA Associate EditorAugust 9, 2012

A giant piece of this puzzle is missing...
A giant piece of this puzzle is missing...Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Derrick Rose can't return soon enough as the Chicago Bulls desperately try to stay in the Eastern Conference elite.

In this episode of Basketball by Association, NBA assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes break down all the key roster losses and additions, discuss the biggest storylines to watch and set realistic expectations for the Bulls.

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Needing some sort of spark, the Bulls completely revamped their renowned "bench mob." However, are the replacements enough to replace Omer Asik, Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer, C.J. Watson and John Lucas III? 

Can Carlos Boozer, Richard Hamilton, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng hold down the fort for the bulk of the regular season? What happens if the injury bug continues to bite this lineup?

Which new acquisition will man the starting point guard spot, and will he be anything more than a placeholder? If and when Rose finally is healthy, how quickly will he re-acclimate to a starting unit that was forced to move on without him?

What's the realistic ceiling for this banged-up roster? Have the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers already passed them by?

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