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Bulls will be scary ... next year

Posted on: April 19, 2010 11:12 pm
 
As I watched the Bulls force LeBron James to score 40 points to beat them in Cleveland Monday night, they reminded me of the team that kept playing and kept pushing the Celtics in the first round last spring – all the way to a nail-biting defeat in seven games. 

This year’s Cavs are not last year’s Celtics, but this year’s Bulls aren’t last year’s Bulls, either. Every time Jamario Moon hit a 3-pointer or LeBron did whatever he wanted to do, the Bulls’ answer in Game 2 was, increasingly, nothing. A year ago, it was Ben Gordon

Next year at this time, it’ll be _____. 

The Bulls will be scary next year. That will be little consolation when they eventually lose this series to the Cavs – whether they win one or two games in Chicago or not. There was nothing to be ashamed of in their 112-102 loss to the LeBrons in Game 2, nor is there anything wrong with heading back to Chicago down 0-2 in the best-of-7 series. That was to be expected. This is what LeBron does, and it’s what the best team in the NBA is supposed to do. 

But a year from now? With news Friday from David Stern that the salary cap could be $56.1 million next season – anywhere from $3 million to $6 million more than projected last summer – the Bulls will be able to bring this same team back to the playoffs with one exception. They’ll have someone to go shot-for-shot with LeBron. 

That is, assuming it’s not LeBron; there’s no reason to believe it will be, and I hope it isn’t. Remember a few weeks ago, when LeBron lamented the lack of rivalries in today’s NBA? He’d go a long way toward bringing rivalries back by staying in Cleveland and standing toe-to-toe with whoever receives Chicago’s max money. Dwyane Wade, the ideal rival to LeBron, would be perfect – except he handles the ball too much to play with Derrick Rose and will have a hard time turning his back on South Beach once the Heat flex their salary-cap muscles to put more talent around him. Joe Johnson? Possible; he’d be a good complement to Rose and would’ve had something to say Monday night when LeBron started doing to the Bulls what Michael Jordan used to do to the Cavs in the playoffs.

However it works out, the Bulls will have an answer to LeBron next spring. They won’t need to resort to Joakim Noah’s made-for-headline quotes. With a lineup of Noah, Luol Deng, Taj Gibson, Rose, a max player to be named later, Kirk Hinrich off the bench, and a moderately priced big man who can block shots, the Bulls won’t be facing the Cavs in the first round. They’ll be squaring off in the conference semifinals or finals. 

That’ll be a rivalry – one worthy of a bigger, later playoff stage.
Comments

Since: Apr 25, 2010
Posted on: April 25, 2010 12:43 pm
 

Bulls will be scary ... next year

I SEE THE BULLS FINISHING AHEAD OF THE CAVS NEXT YEAR.  DIESEL AND BIG Z ARE DONE.  ARGUE THERE NOT WHEN NOAHS AVERAGING LIKE 17 AND 10 IN THE PLAYOFFS AGAINST THEM. CENTER GOES TO BULLS.  ROSE NEXT YEAR WILL BE EVEN BETTER WITH THE ADDITION OF CHRIS BOSH.  ROSE IS GONNA AVE 20PTS 8-10AST 4REB HE IS ALSO GONNA INCLUDE THE 3 BALL IN HIS GAME.  HE IS WITH OUT A DOUBT BETTER THAN MO WILLIAMS. PG GOES TO BULLS.  SMALL FOWARD DENG IS BETTER THAN A 3 POINT SPECALIST IN PARKER OR DUNKER IN HICKSON AND MOON IN MY OPINION. PF GOES TO LEBRON NOBODY THE BULLS BRING IN WILL BE BETTER THAN THIS GUY BUT ITS A TEAM SPORT.  CHRIS BOSH WILL BE A HUGE UPGRADE OVER TAJ GIBSON BUT GIBSON OFF THE BENCH ILL TAKE IT.2 GUARD I WILL TAKE CAPTIN KIRKS SHOOTING WOES AND BAD FOULS THAT GO ALONG WITH HIS HUSTLE AND HEART OVER WEST, GIBSON OR PARKER ANY DAY.  CHRIS BOSH OR FREE AGENT X WILL BE THE ICING ON THE CAKE THAT BUT THE BULLS OVER THE TOP NEXT YEAR. ANYTHING LESS THAN A EASTERN CONF FINALS APPERANCE WILL BE A DISAPOINTING SEASON.A TEAM OF YOUNG PROVEN WINNERS WITH HEART AND THE ICING ON THE CAKE HAS LEBRON WISHING HE WAS'NT JAW JACKING THE BULLS BENCH IN ROUND 1.  NEXT YEAR HE'LL BE GIVEN CREDIT WERE CREDIT IS DO.  THATS IF HE STAYS IN CLEVELAND BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW CLEVELAND SUCKS.  



Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2010 10:41 am
 

Bulls will be scary ... next year

I could definitely see Chris Bosh or Joe Johnson coming our way, and that could really put them in contention



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2010 12:37 am
 

Bulls will be scary ... next year

Everyone seems to forget that this Bulls team went 41-41 and the only reason they made the playoffs was because Bosh got hurt, Cleveland rested Lebron the final game they played, and Charlotte only played its starters for 2 quarters. And apparently you seem to forget that the bulls  were without Noah, Rose, hinrich, and Deng for large periods this year, had they stayed healthy they wouldve won over 50 games and be a 4 seed or 5. Lets see any team do that well without 4 of their most important players. The bulls also were the first team in history this year to win 5 straight road games against teams over .500 which shows you how well they can play when fully healthy.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2010 12:33 am
 

Bulls will be scary ... next year

The bulls will be scary -- when they have someone good enough to push Noah to the bench.  I'm sorry, he'll never be good enough offensively to be starter-worthy in this league.  Hustle and rebounding is what you want from your bench, not a starter.   He'll never have the impact that Ben Wallace did in his prime.

you really are stupid. Noah puts up 25 and 13 against Shaq and co and youre talking about him going to the bench, he averaged nearly 15-15 down the stretch when he came back. Who cares if his shot is awkward it goes in, he shoots over 50% and 75% from the line...you obviously dont watch much basketball. According to you Rodman shouldve never started either. everyone wants to hate Noah because he speaks his mind, whaaaa cry me a river. I cant wait till cleveland plays Orlando. Not to mention that if the celtics keep  playing like they have been so far cleveland is going to have a tough series before the Magic come calling, we all know how the magic cavs ended last year.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 20, 2010 11:22 pm
 

Bulls will be scary ... next year

The bulls will be scary -- when they have someone good enough to push Noah to the bench.  I'm sorry, he'll never be good enough offensively to be starter-worthy in this league.  Hustle and rebounding is what you want from your bench, not a starter.   He'll never have the impact that Ben Wallace did in his prime.



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: April 20, 2010 11:01 pm
 

Bulls will be scary ... next year

Lotta "ifs" in this story....! Berger very iffy story. You look scary.



Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: April 20, 2010 9:13 pm
 

Bulls will be scary ... next year

I totally agree Noah is a beast right now, rose is getting better and if they can get Joe Johnson or the power foward from toronto Chris bosh they will be really scary and I am not a big fan of Chicago but love Noah he reminds me of Charles barkley as in he speaks his mind.



Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: April 20, 2010 7:33 pm
 

Bulls will be scary ... next year

You forget about Dwight Howard and Orlando there Berger? 

I think Chris Bosh is the perfect piece along with maybe adding a shooter if they have the left over pieces. Imagine Bosh and Rose in the PNP game!!!



Since: Jan 23, 2008
Posted on: April 20, 2010 7:12 pm
 

Bulls will be scary ... next year

The question isn't whether Berger watches the NBA or not. It's the ability to see what the Chicago Bulls have to work with now and the money to pick up someone very important in the future. Also it's a great accomplishment to be in the playoffs 5 times within the last 6 years. Thats something that is priceless. Playoff experience, is key to winning a championship and the bulls are picking it up regardless if they get their butts whooped by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Lebron James is Lebron James, he's a freak of nature and will continue to play that way, the Bulls will need to develop a strong chemistry as a TEAM to beat him.

The bulls have Derrick Rose who will probably be top 5 in PG next year and Joahkim Noah who was leading Dwight Howard rebounding for the time he played without injury. So you can say they don't have genuine superstars, but you can't say they don't have average players who worked their butts off to get to superstar caliber. The Bulls will be a force to reckoned with next year whether you'd like to see it or not.




Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: April 20, 2010 6:53 pm
 

Bulls will be scary ... next year

Is there something in all that lake water up in Minisoota? Obviously you only read the headline and responded. If you read the article he mentioned players that would possibly fit! Would you not agree that Wade is not a "genuine superstar"? I would!


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