This is an odd season for the Bulls fans. First, the Bulls are coming off a season that saw them post the best record in the league. Before last season, that had not happened in a while.
Second, the Bulls got rocked in the Eastern Conference Finals by a team they swept in the regular season. A team that, no less, has Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, two players the Bulls were favored to get last offseason.
The NBA is also going through a shortened training camp to make way for a Christmas Day start, which means the Bulls aren't going to have a lot of time to build chemistry before a sprint of a season.
But, finally, the Bulls did not make nearly the kind of splash they did last offseason in the free agency period. They watched Kurt Thomas walk after a remarkable season last year filling in for Joakim Noah (who only played 48 games), and they released Keith Bogans who, regardless of the scrutiny he has received, started every single game for the Bulls last season.
The one real move they did make, however, was sign Rip Hamilton after the Pistons bought out his contract. The question many want an answer to is will Hamilton deliver and make these Bulls NBA champions. I can tell you that I can not answer that question, but I can predict how the Bulls season will play out.
Bold or not, here are six predictions for the Bulls 2011-12 season.