Head coach Tom Thibodeau thought—or at least he said he did—the Bulls could overcome the injury to their star.
"We do feel we have more than enough to win," Thibodeau said.
But losing to the Philadelphia 76ers in six games proved that was not the case.
Now, the Bulls are faced with the challenge of being without Rose for at least half of the regular season, as the timetable for his return appears to be sometime in February or March.
The Bulls were able to stay afloat in the regular season without Rose in 2011-12, sporting an 18-9 record in his absence. However, there is a new cast of supporting characters this season.
Much of the famous "Bench Mob" (C.J. Watson, Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer and Omer Asik), which has been key to the Bulls' prior success, has left the Windy City. It will be up Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng and others to keep the Bulls in playoff contention while Rose is out.
Here are three ways the Bulls can still win without their superstar.