There has been a lot said about Derrick Rose and the state of the Bulls since his injury last year. How long is his recovery going to be? When will he come back? Will he come back better than before? More importantly, how will the Bulls Survive without him? The Bulls and Rose himself have been pretty quiet about his return, but despite his absence the team has done almost the unthinkable in the eyes of a lot of fans and critics alike, they have managed to survive. Not only are they surviving but they’re doing very well.
The Bulls record is 26-16 and they’re first in the central division. And to top that off, Luol Deng and Joakim Noah are going to the NBA All-Star Games in February. Just those three facts alone are enough to say the unspeakable and that is that the Bulls could do okay without Derrick Rose. I’m not saying that this is an absolutely perfect team. There are many parts of this team that need to be worked on. But instead of breaking out that list of what’s wrong why don’t we look at the positive.
Could you imagine top teams like the Heat or the Celtics without James or Garnett? Let’s be honest they would have a hard time. Rose has been gone for most of the season and with no definite return date in sight the Bulls have managed to hold their own and stay in first place. This is not an awful team, they’re doing their best with that they have and what they have is not as bad as everyone once thought. And just imagine what the team could be like if Rose did come back. With what little we have heard he is getting stronger and stronger every day. Now put this team and that Rose together, we could have a championship in no time.
The Bulls still have a lot to prove with the rest of the season still firmly ahead of them. They will face stronger teams, better players and all while trying to stay in first place. But if what they have done so far is any evidence of what is to come, don’t count them out just yet.