The Chicago Bulls head into the 2014-15 season with their best chance at a championship since head coach Tom Thibodeau’s era began in 2010.
They’ve got new depth, including more scoring punch than ever with Pau Gasol, Doug McDermott, Aaron Brooks, Nikola Mirotic and, of course, a renewed Derrick Rose on board. They’ve also got the continuity of Thibodeau’s system in place, which has led them to no worse than a .549 winning mark in each year he’s been around, despite the repeated roster tumult of injuries and major trades.
Now, the Bulls have something close to their ideal scenario. A team jammed with complementary skills and team-first attitudes, and a window with which to (potentially) sneak by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers as their new, complex squad figures out their myriad loose ends.
But although the Bulls’ outlook holds fewer tests and obstacles than Cleveland’s in the short term, they still have a handful of their own issues to sort through.