Chicago Bulls Major Player in the Eastern Conference Again

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So the Chicago Bulls didn’t get LeBron James. Or Dwyane Wade. Or later, Carmelo Anthony.

It doesn’t seem to matter.

Sitting pretty atop the NBA’s Central division at 12-8 heading into Friday’s huge 8 p.m. match-up with the Los Angeles Lakers at United Center, the Bulls should be right in the thick of things for the Eastern Conference championship despite not landing one of the biggest names in basketball in the off-season or via trade.

Let’s take a look at some things to like about Chicago:

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Five on five: Queries on Bucks, Bulls, and NBA Central Division Supremacy

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LeBron James‘ departure from the Cleveland Cavaliers was an addition by subtraction for the Eastern Conference Central Division. With James getting jiggy with it in Miami, the Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls are expected to jockey for the Central Division title all season long.

Both the Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls experienced some significant makeovers in the offseason. The Bucks added slashing scorer Corey Maggette, resigned second half spark plug John Salmons, and solid veteran power forward Drew Gooden. The Bulls’ biggest splash was bringing in power forward Carlos Boozer and former Boston Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau.

It’s been roughly 30 years since the Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls have experienced high expectations in the same season, and their early placement in the battle for the Central fittingly begins with the first preseason game between the Bucks and Bulls tonight at the Bradley Center.

By Jake McCormick and Paul M. Banks
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