Chicago Bulls Need to Treat Derrick Rose Like LeBron James

February 25th, 2010 by Kendrick Marshall Leave a reply »
The summer of 2013 will be the most important offseason in Chicago Bulls' franchise history.

By that time, point guard Derrick Rose will have had five years in the NBA under his belt and established himself as one of the premier players at his position.

Rose will also be a free agent.

But where will the Bulls' proverbial championship probability arrow be pointing then? Will the Rose-led Bulls be contenders for the Eastern Conference championship, or will the franchise be wallowing in the blob above the bottom feeders but below the elite NBA teams?

The Bulls' front office believed following the 2007 season where Scott Skiles' bunch finished the campaign 49-33 with a first-round sweep of then-world champion Miami Heat, and an impressive showing versus the seasoned Detroit Pistons during the Eastern Conference semifinals. Forward Luol Deng was the next Bulls' budding star, averaging 20 points per game in the playoffs.

Lottery draft pick Tyrus Thomas was making significant strides alongside free-agent acquisition Ben Wallace, and the backcourt combination of Ben Gordon and Kirk Hinrich had seemingly set up Chicago for a run ...

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