The Chicago Bulls had high expectations going into the 2011-2012 NBA season; however, the injury to 2010-2011 MVP Derrick Rose in the first round against the 76ers marked the end to the Bulls aspirations. The torn ACL of Derrick Rose figures to keep him out until at least the All-Star break this season and the Bulls are going to have to cope with not having D Rose for the 2012-2013 season.
With an almost entirely new bench cast, the Bulls will have a lot of slack to pick up this season without their leader. The loss of Derrick Rose is huge, but the Bulls can still be a successful team.
There are five keys to the Chicago Bulls success that will not involve Rose for the majority of the season. These five keys are going to be the difference between a team that will still compete for the playoffs or a team that will be far down the standings in the Eastern Conference.