It's not easy being the Chicago Bulls.
When they're not busy accepting the reality that Derrick Rose's return is anything but imminent, they're left to listen to the sounds of pundits proclaiming their season is over when it barely started.
Yet if we learned one thing from the Bulls of last season, it's that they can never be counted out. Rose may be the face of the franchise, but there are plenty of other bodies that help him hold him up.
At the same time, however, putting forth a championship worthy effort without him in the lineup is extremely difficult.
As deep as the Bulls are and as impressive as their initial record without Rose may seem, there are still plenty of concerns to address.
So what was our first impression of Chicago this season? And does the good outweigh the bad enough to warrant believing in it moving forward?
Because while the NBA season is still young, the Bulls are already providing us with a battery of lessons to digest.