Chicago Bulls Open Camp With High Expectations

Posted by Richard Kagan on Sunday, September 28, 2014 with No comments
Training Camp opens for the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday -- and the NBA season begins in a month.
Some questions were answered over the summer - as Derrick Rose got through the FIBA World Cup competition without hurting his surgically repaired knees.  He moved well, made some nice assists, but didn't find his shot, especially from three point land.

Doug McDermott can shoot the ball.  He seems like a almost natural scorer.  He was one of the top scorers in his senior year at Creighton, winning a host of awards, notably, the John Wooden Award for outstanding player.

Pau Gasol is going to be a great addition to the Bulls.  He is talented, hardworking, and has championship experience, winning 2 titles with the Los Angeles Lakers.  He was one of the top players on the Spanish team who was upset by France in the FIBA World Cup Tournament.
Nikola Mirotic is joining the team as a successful European player.  He is a power forward who has range and is able to convert the trey.

Returning players include: Jimmy Butler, shooting guard; Mike Dunleavy, Tony Snell, both at small forward, and Taj Gibson at power forward.  Joakim Noah, center, one of the top players in the league is also returning.

New players on the roster include: Aaron Brooks and Ben Hansborough, and E'Twaun Moore point guards.  Kim English, who spend last year playing in Europe is also on the pre-season roster.
Cameron Bairstown, drafted in the 2nd round from the University of New Mexico is a rookie power forward. Solomon Jones is also a power forward.  Nazr Mohammed recently signed a contract with Bulls to back up Noah at center.  Mohammed was on the roster last year.

Coach Tom Thibodeau is trying to lead his team deep into the playoffs and quite possibly challenge for the NBA title.  It looks like this team has offensive and defensive skills.  There will be less pressure for Rose to score like he has in the past.  It appears the plan is to work him gradually in the rotations until he finds his game.

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