For the most part, it isn't about how you win, but that you win. In one of the most dramatic and entertaining NBA seasons off all time, new legacies are being established. LeBron James took his MVP talents to South Beach for a less-hectic path to an NBA title. Rookie sensation Blake Griffin amazed fans across the country with breathtaking displays of acrobatics. And then there's the Chicago Bulls, who knocked on the door of the true contenders party.
The stellar play of Derrick Rose has a lot to do with the team's rise to prominence, but two things have opened the door for one of the league's most exciting teams. First, the implementation of a system founded on the tough defensive principles of Tom Thibodeau. Secondly—and equally important—is the amount of size the Bulls have. Although the Bulls had some talent on the defensive end coming into the season, few expected them to yield the least offense in basketball, thus claiming the league's best record.
They can now competently defend any team. If a guy is in foul trouble, there is an equally intense bench player to step into the role. They have followed the example of teams like the Lakers and Spurs, who have won multiple championships in the last decade due to an imposing front line.
This slideshow points to each of Chicago's big bodies and what they bring to the team. By committee, the Bulls are able to counteract some of the things that make players like Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol so special.