At the conclusion of the 2010 free agency period, a lot of people expected the Chicago Bulls to be a significantly better team than they were last season, when they barely made it into the playoffs as the eighth seed.
But were people really expecting them to be three games away from holding the top seed in the Eastern Conference less than a week before the All-Star break? Probably not.
Despite unfortunate injuries to stars Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose has carried the Bulls on his back and propelled them to a 36-16 record as of February 14. And we all know he's earned a bunch of MVP chatter along the way.
But what will happen after the All-Star break? Will the long season take its toll on D-Rose? Will Chicago be an unstoppable force when fully healthy? Will the Bulls trade for a better starting shooting guard?
What follows are 10 bold predictions. But they are not stupid predictions. I'll tell you right now I don't expect the Bulls to win the NBA Championship nor do I believe Rose will ultimately win the MVP award.
But the consistency this Bulls squad has shown in the face of adversity, under a first-year coach, does make me believe a lot of good things are going to happen after the break.