The NBA season is on its way back and the exhaustion from the lockout is slowly going away. I honestly was starting to go through hoops withdrawal, so I am ready to do cartwheels.
WELCOME BACK, NBA!!!
Last year, Rose was the youngest MVP in league history in helping the Bull go to the conference finals. This season with the lockout, the young legs had a chance to rest an extra month and some change, and if certain things come to fruition, the Bulls have as good a chance as any team to make it to the Finals.
To do so, Derrick Rose will need some more help on both sides of the floor. While everyone pointed out the offensive deficiencies as the chief reason the Bulls couldn't get past Miami in the playoffs, I think it was the defense. More specifically, the perimeter defense.
Name one player on the previous Chicago Bulls roster that was a great one-on-one defender? Luol Deng is solid and Joakim Noah is solid as well, but as the center, his job is to clean up the slashers coming to the lane.
Perimeter defense is what they were lacking. Great individual perimeter defense. LeBron James doesn't have the lift to get his shot over Noah if he is forced to work on the offensive end. His legs were tired after seeing defense from Shawn Marion, Jason Kidd and DeShawn Stevenson in the finals.
It's an underrated detail, but it's key to everything a defensive-oriented team can do. Make them work and, by the way, hit a couple of key baskets while you're at it. Just enough to keep the opposing team honest.
The Bulls addressed the need for perimeter defense in the draft with Marquette's Jimmy Butler (my choice at the starting two-guard spot), but they need more help.
Who would I choose to join Derrick Rose if I were running the Bulls?