This last section has been the hardest picking 1 and 2 mainly because I feel Chicago has now got a much stronger team with the addition of Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver, Earl Watson and Ronnie Brewer. However as well as this the East generally has also become a hell of a lot harder, Boston, Orlando, Atlanta, Miwaukee, Miami and now possibly the Knicks are all strong squads, and I feel the Bulls will struggle to get out of the East come playoffs, possibly finishing 3rd in the East and losing to either the Heat or Magic in the ECF's.
However the Bulls are now serious contenders and Derrick Rose is the leader of this squad and all aroung best player but now add this to Boozer, a rebounding machine in Joakim Noah, lights out shooter Kyle Korver, a great defender in Ronnie Brewer and long-time player Luol Deng, last years rookies Taj Gibson and James Johnson. This provides them with the correct mix of talent, experience, youth and competativness.
If it wasnt for D-Wade, Lebron and Bosh all joining the Heat and maybe had al gone their seperate ways I would have said this team could reach the finals this year, but instead losing in the ECF's is a great place to be.
I hope that at some point these young Bulls can push aside the all-stars in Miami and get another championship to add to those of MJ ad Pippen and add to the history of the Chicago Bulls, the greatness of Derrick Rose and then eventually the more chips they get with Rose at the helm the more likely a Derrick Rose statue will stand next to the greatest to ever play the game.