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5 Reasons Chicago Bulls Will Still Thrive Without Derrick Rose
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With superstar guard Derrick Rose’s return still a long way off, the rest of the Chicago Bulls roster will have a lot to prove in the 2012-13 season.

Without Rose, Chicago is not a contender for the championship. A playoff spot, however, is still very possible for the Bulls this season. They have many reasons for optimism that they can make it back to the postseason and be ready should Rose also be available to go this year.

There is no sure timetable for Rose’s return, and he told ESPN's Rachel Nichols early in October that he’ll come back only when he is ready. If he manages to return late in the season—in March or April—he’ll be returning to a squad that will be square in the playoff hunt.

No Rose means no title for the Bulls, but here are five reasons for optimism in Chicago to begin the 2012-13 season.

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