The Chicago Bulls are one of 30 NBA teams getting ready for preseason action to begin this week and their biggest storyline is at point guard, where Derrick Rose is still rehabbing from a gruesome ACL injury suffered in the 2012 playoffs.
Since the timeline on the injury was 8-to-12 months, that would put Rose back in action in January if everything goes according to plan.
As recent as last week, GM Gar Forman said that Rose is "right on schedule" and that the work ethic and rehab have been incredible to watch over the course of this rough time in the former MVP's career.
To plug the gap of his big absence, the Bulls are going to have to rely on a point guard by committee approach, and there's plenty of candidates that make for interesting storylines.
In the offseason, the acquisitions of Kirk Hinrich and Nate Robinson highlighted the guard position. The Bulls also addressed the need in the 2012 NBA Draft by taking Marquis Teague from Kentucky, the starting point guard on the nation's best collegiate team.
Losing C.J. Watson and John Lucas III will hurt, specifically because the new guys will have to come in and learn coach Tom Thibodeau's offense fairly quickly, but the amount of depth should breed a good competition for playing time.
Among those not mentioned is veteran guard Marco Jaric. A non-roster invite to camp, the 6'7" Jaric has apparently done enough to impress the coaching staff.
In this report from Chicago Tribune reporter K.C. Johnson, it's unlikely Jaric will stick before the end of November, when the Bulls will be able to sign him for a pro-rated version of the veteran's minimum.
The 34-year-old Jaric has never been to the postseason, so the chance to contribute and play stingy defense against bigger guards has to appeal to Thibodeau's defensive-minded, hungry approach in Rose's absence.
Also in training camp, Nate Robinson is hoping to be the X-factor for this team when it needs a spark. From CSNChicago.com, this report details how Robinson hopes to contribute by scoring the ball and playing better defense, something he's not particularly known for.
It's going to be a long process for the Bulls, but they've set themselves up with a myriad of options heading into these first few preseason games.
Continue to check back with Bleacher Report for all the latest news on the Bulls, Derrick Rose and how the point guard rotation is going to sort out to start the season.
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