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In last year's shortened season, the Bulls were one of only two teams to reach 50 wins.
They finished with the Eastern Conference's top seed and were expected to meet up with the Miami Heat in the conference finals.
But everything changed for the Bulls when Derrick Rose tore his ACL in the first game of the playoffs.
This team will go as Derrick Rose goes, and Rose is expected to miss much of the coming season, according to an Associated Press article on the Huffington Post.
The Bulls showed they could play well without Rose for stretches of last season, but they don't stand a chance of competing for a top seed—much less a title—without him.
The losses of C.J. Watson, Kyle Korver, Omer Asik and Ronnie Brewer don't help, as the Bulls simply opted for lesser versions of them in Kirk Hinrich, Nazr Mohammed and Vladimir Radmanovic.
The newly acquired Nate Robinson and Marco Belinelli, along with a healthy Rip Hamilton could make up for those losses offensively. But Carlos Boozer's health could again be an issue as he and Luol Deng will be the team's best offensive options this year.
In summary, no Rose equals no ring. It also equals falling from the top spot in the East.