United Center Unity: Champion Blackhawks Draw Similarities to Chicago Bulls
If you believe in the supernatural and a higher power, it would appear that the Chicago Blackhawks have transferred their aura to the Chicago Bulls this season.
The swagger, the confidence and the lack of big-time ego's are the same between the 2010 Blackhawks and this year's Bulls. They share the same arena and attend each other's games, so it is entirely possible that the Bulls saw and picked up where the Blackhawks left off.
Both teams have the silent and "lead by example" captain in Jonathan Toews and Derrick Rose. Both players have endeared themselves to Chicago with tireless work ethics and commitment to making their team better.
They both won MVP's with the Conn Smythe for Toews and the MVP for Rose. Both won gold medals in the Olympics in Vancouver for Toews, and the World Championships for Rose. And both players clearly make their team better simply by the way that they play the game.
The other players have similarities as well. Dustin Byfuglien, who departed after last season, was much like Joakim Noah for the Bulls. These players are tough, hard-nosed players that are beloved in Chicago but are despised elsewhere. Noah will be around longer, but both have made impacts on the city that will not soon be forgotten.
Both coaches for these teams have gained almost a cult-like following as Tom Thibodeau and Joel Quenneville have gained respect in a short amount of time as head coaches after years of being in the leagues.
Other similarities seem to be in place:
Kris Versteeg-Kyle Korver - The Spark
CJ Watson-Andrew Ladd - Dominant Bench Player
Patrick Kane- Derrick Rose - Unstoppable Scoring Force
John Madden- Kurt Thomas - Wily Veteran
Duncan Keith- Keith Bogans - Solid Defense
Brent Seabrook- Carlos Boozer - The Key to Victory
The playoffs have some similarities as well. The Blackhawks won in the first round in six games, while the Bulls got it done in five. Both teams took care of business in the second round in six games. The Blackhawks swept the Sharks in four games in the Western Conference Finals. It would be shocking if the Bulls swept the Heat, but never say never.
The road ahead for the Bulls is going to be tough and treacherous. If they can get to the end of the journey and bring home the first title for the franchise since the Michael Jordan era, they already know what kind of reception and parade are coming.
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