Chicago Bulls 2013-2014 season preview

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Oct 16, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (center) smiles on the bench during the second half against the Detroit Pistons at the United Center. Chicago won 96-81. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

It’s almost time for D-Rose to step back onto the court for the Chicago Bulls during the regular season for the first time since he tore his ACL in the playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers.

So far Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls look like a team that’s on a mission and are living up to their team name. Bulls. They’ve been running through the competition thus far and will open up their regular season against the defending champion Miami Heat in just a couple days.

It’ll be a homecoming welcome for both Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose, but the crowd will surely be on their returning MVP’s side after missing an entire year. I thought it was a smart idea for Rose to sit out the entire 2012-2013 season because nobody really knows the additional damage he could have done to his knee if he would have rushed things and got hurt again.

I’m going to be honest and say I’m not a fan of the Chicago Bulls, but this is a team that I’m really excited to watch this season. In my opinion, the way they are looking so far, make them the biggest threat to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference. If D-Rose, Deng, Noah and Boozer can keep healthy, this team can go a long way, possibly winning it all.

Even though they missed Rose last season, this team still managed to reach the playoffs as they were led by Deng.

They finished 45-37 in the Central which was good enough for second place and fifth overall in the Eastern Conference.

Deng’s coming off a 16.5 points, 3.0 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 15.12 minutes per game last season. He only managed to play in five playoff games this season as the Chicago Bulls beat the Nets in the first round of the playoffs four games to three, but dropped after five games against the Miami Heat.

I expect D-Rose to play even harder than he has before and make a run for his second MVP honors in his young career. He’s said before that he’s not going to ease up just because of what happened too him and even his vertical has improved a couple inches.

Which is pretty scary because the man already has hops on him. Another thing he was looking to improve was his shot from three point land.

He’s a career .310 shooter from long range, which is a reason why he attacks the basket as much as he does. His free throw percentage dropped from .858 in 2010 to .812 in 2011.

I say he hits around .870 from the charity stripe this year. If Noah can stay healthy and not let the injuries he’s experienced during the off-season and pre-season bother him during the regular season and Deng is able to do the same?

Hello NBA Championship.

Boozer you really don’t have to worry about as he played in 79 games last season which was the most on the entire roster.

So with all this being laid out, Chicago Bulls fans, are your ready?

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