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Give Derrick Rose and the Bulls a lot of credit for their underdog season last year. After a ton of focus on solid contenders like the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics, it was actually Chicago that swooped in and stole the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Rose was instrumental in leading a hobbled Bulls team through the season, but it became apparent in the Eastern Conference finals that he needed another valuable scoring option to take the load off him.
While Luol Deng was solid for Chicago last season, it was the wealthy signing of Carlos Boozer that was considered a flop. Boozer was injured in a freak accident before the season started and didn't do much to help when he came back. Actually, he found himself on the bench often times during big-game situations.
However, the biggest problem the Bulls faced was from the shooting guard position.
Keith Bogans? Really, Keith Bogans? That's who you come up with?
OK, I'll say that he's a pretty good defender, but he's not a starting quality shooting guard.
Roses' lack of backcourt help was a large part of why the Miami Heat upended then in their playoff meeting. Miami was able to focus solely on Rose while the rest of the team didn't step up.
There are plenty of free agents this season that are meant to be great role players. Expect the Bulls to make a change coming up soon.