How easy was it for the Chicago Bulls last season?
Well they won the Central Division by a whopping 25 games over Indiana and the Pacers, Bucks, Pistons and Cavaliers finished a mighty 207 games below .500 collectively with a winning percentage of .369.
Led by MVP Derrick Rose the Bulls cruised to a 62-20 season that ultimately saw them lose in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Miami Heat in five games. A fifth game by the way that saw them blow a 12-point lead with less than three minutes to go and Rose missing a free throw that would have tied the game then a three-pointer at the buzzer.
Given the state of the NBA and superstars choosing to leave, the Bulls made certain their leader wouldn’t be going anywhere and signed Rose to a five-year contract extension just last week.
The Bulls that take the court on Christmas Day against the Los Angeles Lakers won’t look much different than the team that left the court against Miami back in late May. The one big addition, though, will be shooting guard Richard Hamilton, who comes to the Bulls after spending the last nine years with Detroit.
“On this team, there are no ball hogs,” Hamilton said recently. “There are guys trying to make plays for each other, guys always helping each other out. That makes the game so much easier.”
2010-11 Results: 62-20, first in Central; Lost in East finals to Miami.