After the torn ACL he suffered against Philadelphia in last season's playoffs, Rose is on the rehab trail. But are the Bulls on the rebuilding trail with their best player sidelined until at least the All-Star break?
That remains to be seen. It is very plausible the Bulls can still be contenders in the East without Derrick Rose.
The 2012-2013 Bulls will look a lot different than past seasons. There is an almost entirely new "Bench Mob," and it remains to be seen whether this incarnation can perform as well as recent ones.
The starters are still intact sans Derrick Rose, but this group is still good enough to keep the Bulls in the thick of the playoff race.
So the question really becomes: Can the Bulls be contenders without Derrick Rose?
I believe that answer is "yes", and there are three reasons why.