Throughout the years the Chicago Bulls have had various changes in their line-up. One in particular that tickled my fancy was their 2012-2013 roster. Even though Derrick Rose didn’t get to play a game with this line-up, it didn’t stop the Bulls from making the top 5 seed in the East. Players like Nate Robinson and Marco Belinelli were key additions that helped Chicago in Rose’s season long absence.
Robinson, now currently with the Denver Nuggets averaged about 13 points a game in his season with the Bulls and was a beast in the playoffs kicking it up to about 16 points a game, as they got past the Brooklyn Nets in the first round. They ended up falling short in the second round to the Miami Heat, ending what was a very productive year for Chicago even though Rose never stepped foot on the court to play.
Trust me last season’s Bulls line-up definitely had their share of injuries from their All-Star MVP Rose, right down to the new additions of Belinelli and Robinson. Belinelli now with the San Antonio Spurs, also had a great impact on the Bulls offense and played great defense, but as they say you can’t go back in the past and you only can change what happens in the future. This whole “they should have kept these players” thing has got to rest!
Looking forward, Kirk Hinrich is taking some of the pressure off Rose when he’s not on the floor. What a quite of people fail to understand is that Hinrich has to adjust to being the backup for Rose. And Mike Dunleavy just has to find his offensive rhythm. Certain adjustments to a teams’ dynamic takes time to get comfortable with. The key here is patience. Whether or not they decide to ride it out with the group of guys they have, or seek another addition. To move forward successfully they must all be comfortable playing with each other. They can’t only rely on Rose to help them get to their championship goal. It’s going to take full team ball! Whenever this Bulls’ team plays in synch and in rhythm with one another they are the most dangerous team on the court! Between how they played the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night, and their 36% shooting night against the Charlotte Bobcats Monday night; they need to find an offensive balance for their team. They may need to add another player who can score the ball more efficiently.
We’ll have to see as the season progresses who Chicago plans to add to their already blossoming team of talent.