The Chicago Bulls were unable to land a superstar free agent this summer, but the team still has had a fairly successful offseason. Among the most noteworthy moves: Chicago signed Pau Gasol, Nikola Mirtotic and drafted Doug McDermott.
Those additions appear to be enough for star point guard Derrick Rose to heap some significant praise on next year’s Bulls team.
From Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago:
“I think this is the most talented team I’ve played on in my NBA career to tell you the truth,” Rose said after Team USA’s practice on Wednesday. “With all the players that I have, with the experience that everybody’s bringing to the table. And the way that everybody’s working out individually during the offseason and what I’ve been hearing.”
We got who we could get and who wanted to come. And that’s who we have to ride with. We have a lot of confidence in the players that we just signed and we know that the guys that’s already there is working out very hard. So it’s just a matter of getting in the gym, working out together, jelling very quickly, since we’re not going overseas early.”
It’s worth noting that the Bulls won 62 games during Rose’s MVP season, so it’s clear the point guard has lofty goals for next season.
There’s no doubt that if Rose can remain healthy and return to MVP form that the Bulls should be one of the top teams in the league, considering its supporting cast. With all the positive words spoken about Rose from his Team USA coaches and teammates, that doesn’t seem all that far-fetched.