The NBA All-Star break is completed and now the teams in the Association can return to their usual order of business. This includes the Chicago Bulls, who have plenty of things to sort out. The Bulls begin the post All-Star break a game-and-a-half behind the Central Division leading Indiana Pacers.
The All-Star break could not have come at a better time.
The Bulls, losers of their last two games, winners of only four out of the last 10, appeared to be tiring out as the break approached. Once they take the basketball court again—this Tuesday (Feb. 19) in New Orleans to face the Hornets—the Bulls should resemble a rested team.
With the much-needed rest, comes a reset in focus.
In the two weeks leading up to the All-Star break, the Bulls withstood first, a Carlos Boozer-to-the-Toronto Raptors trade rumor. That was followed by the news that superstar guard Derrick Rose may not return at all this season.
Whether either situation happens is irrelevant. The Bulls have 30 games remaining on their schedule. Some things may change, just as some things will remain the same.