Leading up to today’s 4pm trade deadline, there was a lot of last minute speculation about the Bulls acquiring either Dwight Howard or Pau Gasol.
Neither of those players were dealt and the Bulls stayed quiet as was expected by those who are actually paying attention to the team. The Bulls didn’t need to make a trade to boost their championship chances and therefore they don’t do something stupid like throw off team chemistry to make the big network pundits appear to know what they’re talking about.
There were moves made however, just not the mega blockbusters people were hoping for.
Chicago now has complete faith in their squad as is and the massive victory over the Heat without Derrick Rose had to have solidified Gar Forman’s confidence in the guys he has on roster right now.
The major thing that was needed was another scoring option to complement Rose. Although John Lucas III won’t ever be on the floor at the same time as Rose, don’t be surprised if Thibodeau sees last night performance as a reason to consider running two point guards in certain scoring situations.
Lucas really shut the critics of himself and the rest of the guys on the Bulls roster not named Rose with his violent 24 point performance last night. The Bulls biggest knock was that they couldn’t function sans Rose, they couldn’t find leadership and motivation if the MVP wasn’t on the hardwood.
Not to say the Bulls should trade Rose because they don’t need him –because that’s just illogical and should be illegal — but they now don’t have to use him as a crutch.
That’s most definitely going to be a double edged sword down the road for Chicago. While they know can tell the knee jerk critics to sit down, the next time they get obliterated without Rose, the loss will be magnified and those same critics will make it their life’s business to cancel out the win over the Heat and file it under ‘Fluke Occurrence’.
Lucas and company will make it their business to make sure they don’t allow that opportunity to arise.
And that’s why the Bulls, in part, didn’t make a move at the deadline. They didn’t last year when they needed a scoring shooting guard even more then this year and they came just four games shy of a Finals appearance.
The Bulls have the tools, more then was previously thought, so really what more do you need?
Well a championship of course.