Will the Bulls have the Best Record in the NBA Again?

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The Chicago Bulls led the NBA in wins last year, but like their #1 seed counterpart in the West, the San Antonio Spurs, they failed to reach the NBA Finals.

Chicago returns the same nucleus as last year, with some upgrades. On paper, they should be better. Then again, so will the Miami Heat, who eliminated them last year.

“I think the longer you are together, everything improves. Our goal is to be a well balanced team, those are the teams that do well in the playoffs, I believe we finished 11th in offensive efficiency, we were first in defensive efficiency, we can’t be one-dimensional,” Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau said.

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2012 Chicago Bulls Look to Avoid Glass Ceiling

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Of all the questions surrounding the Chicago Bulls this season, only one truly matters- can they get past the Miami Heat this year? Because of what happened last season (4-1 Eastern Conference Finals loss despite the Bulls having home court advantage), what could happen this year (many NBA experts predict the same outcome this year) and how this script could occur repeatedly in the future, that’s what this season is all about.

Only breaking through that playoff “glass ceiling “matters. Miami will probably have their big three in place for awhile, and that could create a situation commonly referred to as “NBA Hell” for the Bulls and everyone else in the Eastern Conference.

“NBA Hell” and the “glass ceiling” are kind of the same thing.

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Chicago Bulls Lock up Franchise (Derrick Rose) $94 Million, 5 Years

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The Chicago Bulls know exactly where their bread is buttered. The reigning MVP Derrick Rose has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the team worth approximately $94 million.

Rose on the extension: “I’ll be able to afford what I want. But not too many things excite me except winning and being around my family.”

The deal was done right before the Bulls completed their two game preseason (both wins) versus the Indiana Pacers.

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Will Bulls Get More From a Slimmed Down Carlos Boozer?

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Perhaps Carlos Boozer will pull more of his weight with the Chicago Bulls this season, given that he’s lost quite a bit of it from his body.

GM Gar Forman Sunday at Media Day: “Carlos came into camp 20-plus pounds lighter. He’s in great shape.”

Perhaps the improved conditioning will make Boozer that true second banana that Rose sorely lacked last year. Booze gets paid like a star, but he didn’t live up to it during his first season in Chicago. He missed the first 20 games, which isn’t too big of a deal because that’s how we rolls-usually. The Bulls know how injury prone he is when they handed him an $80 million contract.

It’s what happened when he came back that was so disappointing.

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Chicago Bulls Camp Opens: Notable Quotables

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Chicago Bulls Head Coach Tom Thibodeau described what happens when his team plays the Miami Heat: “each possession is a war.” Yes, the NBA is actually back now, even though it may seem hard to believe. Training camps are open, media days have been held, including the session for the team with the best regular season record in the league last year.

The reigning MVP Derrick Rose spoke about possible slights by the national media. “We hear everything,” he said and he talked about motivation for the Bulls.

“We had the No. 1 record in the NBA last year. I guess people forgot that.”

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Derrick Rose is OFFICIALLY the NBA MVP, Captain Obvious

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So D. Rose will be named league MVP? Good job Captain Obvious.

Please excuse my snarkiness on what should be (and it is) a more joyous occasion. But that home loss in game one hurt. Tomorrow it will be announced- the Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose is the NBA MVP. Just the second in team history (you may have heard of the other one, MJ or something like that) and the youngest MVP in league history.

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Derrick Rose MVP? ESPN Expert Panel Overwhelmingly Approves

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All the “Rose should be MVP” columns have been writtten. As have all the “Rose isn’t the MVP” backlash columns. That discussion is pretty much over, as the time for that award announcement draws near.

The Mothership, the Evil Empire if you will, is overwhelmingly in support of the Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose as the NBA MVP award recipient. Check out the ESPN basketball panel voting. Rose took home 27/35 votes.

Of course, ESPNChicago Bulls reporter Nick Friedell voted for Rose. You gotta get the home cooking. So where did the other 8 votes go?

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