CHICAGO — They say there is no place like home and last year the saying couldn’t have held truer meaning then it did for the Chicago Bulls. They were seemingly unstoppable in downtown Chicago and now, almost seven months after their meltdown to the Heat in Game five of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Bulls are back in town.
Practicing today in the Untied Center in preparation for the Indiana Pacers and the final preseason game of 2011, the Bulls looked sharp and ready to get underway with their ‘Unfinished Business Tour’.
“We’re excited.” said head coach Tom Thibodeau, who is entering his second year as the Bulls coach. “We are fortunate to have great fans and great support.”
The Bulls ran practice and shootaround Monday inside the building they won 35 of their 62 games last season. One of the issues that held them back from getting a proper shot at a title was the lack of talent at the shooting guard position. Their latest addition, Richard Hamilton, practiced and is ready to go tomorrow when the Bulls invite the Pacers to town.
“Oh he’ll play.” said Carlos Boozer.
The Bulls have another man in the backcourt who is looking to prove he’s got what it takes to help lead this team to a title. Ronnie Brewer spent last year coming off the bench to aid Keith Bogans. This year he plans on getting extra minutes in wake of Bogans waiving and with the condensed and intense 66 game schedule ahead.
Brewer as shown vast improvements in his game, working on his shooting but also keeping up on his defensive work. Brewer has gained a lot of respect from his fellow teammates and his coaches are impressed with his development as well. Brewer has said that he expects to compete with Hamilton for the starting role, as that kind of competition means whoever wins will be beneficial for the team’s overall success.
The Bulls have their ‘Sixth Man Jam’ tonight and then welcome in the Indiana Pacers tomorrow night before fully turning their preparation towards Christmas Day and the Los Angeles Lakers.