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What Now For The Bulls?

by Photo of Mehak Massand

The Bulls may not have their star player anymore, but they do have plenty of options.

What Now For The Bulls?

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As Derrick Rose suffered another traumatic knee injury (tearing his right meniscus, again) the Chicago Bulls were dealt another blow in their quest for the first championship since 1998.

By now, the Bulls are practically known to be an injury-ridden team. In recent years, they have dealt with Rose’s multiple injuries, Joakim Noah’s injuries, Kirk Hinrich’s injuries, as well as Jimmy Butler’s injuries.

Now, with Derrick Rose out indefinitely with another surgery, the Bulls are left with uncertainty yet again. The Bulls are in the thick of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference. They currently sit atop the Central Division and are third in the East. But the Cleveland Cavaliers are surging (8-2 in their last 10) and the Bulls are without their starting guard. There is still plenty of star power in Chicago, but their championship hopes seemed to evaporate after last night's news.

But the Bulls aren't out of the woods. In addition to their All-Star bigs Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah, Chicago have to focus on keeping Jimmy Butler, this year’s newest All-Star, as a go-to option. Butler has most definitely come a long way, from being a strictly defensive player to becoming more offensive with Derrick Rose’s absence. Brooks is the team's leading scorer this season and is truly coming into his own. He and Gasol can better help fill the scoring void left by Rose. 

Since this isn't the first time the Bulls have been without Rose, the team is used to role players filling in admirably in recent years. In the 2011-2012 season, it was Nate Robinson and in the 2013-2014 season, it was D.J. Augustin. Maybe this year, it’ll be the 30-year-old point guard, Aaron Brooks. Although his stats don't jump out at you, he can likely manage a platoon system with Kirk Hinrich and another addition (maybe Robinson again) can carry the load.

Rumors of firing Coach Tom Thibodeau have been emerging since the last Derrick Rose injury (in the 2013-2014 season), but it would be best if Thibbs stayed. Thibodeau has brought the Bulls to the playoffs each season Derrick Rose was out. The Bulls may not have made it past the first and second rounds, but considering they’ve been a team playing without their star point guard, they’ve been doing pretty great. And that’s all because of Coach Thibbs.

Now, since Derrick Rose won’t be playing for quite some time after the surgery takes place, (since it took him over a season to return after each consecutive surgery-requiring injuries) it’s best if the Bulls don't depend on his return to take them to the playoffs and finals next season. With the expiration of Derrick Rose’s contract in two years, the Bulls may want to look into the 2015-2016 NBA Draft a little more closely.

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