Can the Bulls thrive without Rose? A championship is not in reach, but they could still lock in a playoff spot provided some of their roster outperform expectations.
There is no sure timetable for Rose to return, and the 24-year-old star told ESPN's Rachel Nichols he’ll come back only when he is ready.
“When the time comes I just have to be ready and prove to the people here that I am ready to play,” he told Nichols. “Who knows when that time is? If it's all year I might wait the whole year, so what? If I come back at the All-Star (break), so what?”
Without Rose, the Bulls are not title contenders. They are a fairly deep team with an excellent coach and some players who should step up big in Rose’s absence.
Let’s rank the seven Chicago Bulls who need to step up their game this season.