The Chicago Bulls are getting set for their third season under the tutelage of Tom Thibodeau. With their superstar, Derrick Rose, injured, it looks like it could well be the least successful. Certainly, the Bulls enter the season with lower expectations than they did last year.
That doesn't mean there is no reason for optimism, though. They might be absent their superstar. They might be bringing on a new set of bench players. But there are plenty of reasons they can defy expectations and do better than expected during the regular season, and even make a deep run during the postseason.
Defying expectations has been status quo for the Bulls the last two seasons. Two years ago, they settled for a bunch of players that were too one-dimensional, made a big mistake in signing Thibodeau and were going to finish fourth or fifth in the East, behind Milwaukee in the Central Division.
They won the most games in the NBA.
Last year, they weren't going to catch teams off-guard again. This time, everyone was going to be ready for them. When Derrick Rose went down, they were going to be exposed.
They won the most games in the NBA again.
They won't be winning the most games in the league this year, but they will do better than most are giving them credit for. If you're tired of all the pessimism surrounding the Bulls, here is The Optimist’s Guide to the Chicago Bulls' 2012-13 Season.