The title sounds epic, but I truly don't have much fire power left to really give a full review of the Bulls' season. I'm going to give a quick list of my biggest impressions of the baby Bulls' 2010-2011 run.
- Derrick Rose took his giant step forward into super-stardom. The MVP of the league is only 22 years old. He will only get better and better.
- I did NOT expect the Bulls to grab the #1 seed in the East. Before the season, the 3 seed was the ceiling that I believed they could achieve. They proved me wrong and exceeded expectations. This is a huge positive step in the right direction.
- Taj Gibson will be a great player. Not a #1 guy, but a great third piece on some team. It would be too bad if the Bulls have to give him up...
- Speaking of which, now that the season is over for the Bulls, rumors of Dwight Howard being available need to be followed up on by the front office. I know the Lakers could be the more likely destination, but word is that the Lake-Show won't give up young big man/stripper Andrew Bynum in exchange for Superman. Good luck with all that, LA. Come up with a competitive package Bulls, and get it done.
- Joakim Noah is a great defender, but his goofy offense allows defenses to sag in, crowd the lane and create problems for Derrick Rose. Also, Noah did not pay attention to Kobe's commercial about not using homophobic slurs. He could be trade bait as part of the package that gets D. Howard.
- Carlos Boozer is overpaid. Sometimes I like his post moves, other times I'm annoying by his slow, overhead shooting form. He should have spent a summer with my high school coach- his shot would've been much, much improved.
- Tom Thibodeau is a very good coach. He definitely is the right guy in Chicago. Unfortunately, he was actually out-coached by boy wonder, Eric Spoelstra in the Eastern Conference Finals. I'm interested to watch the adjustments that Thibs will make next year.
- I'm now cheering for the Mavs. I really, really hate the Heat.
In the end, I'm more interested in NBA basketball than I have been in years. Once the Bulls won 6 championships in the 90s, I never thought I would be able to enjoy basketball again. How could I ever feel attached to a team when I already experienced the greatness of Jordan and Pippen? Well, this Bulls team got me. I was emotionally invested and their loss to the Heat hurts. In a way, it's a good thing. Not good that they lost, but good that my love for the Bulls has returned to distract me from the Cubs terrible season thus far.
Have a great Memorial Day weekend and I'll see you back here next week!