The Chicago Bulls are finally back to something resembling a full strength, fully fit franchise.
Last season they fought hard in the face of adversity and made a decent fist of it, refusing to take an easy tank and instead punishing teams on the court as they perfected a style of smash mouth basketball not seen in a while.
MVP is Back
Derrick Rose has made another return from injury, and in all seriousness, if the former NBA MVP can keep himself in good shape all year then the Bulls have a real shot at making the NBA Finals and potentially winning a Championship for the first time since 1998.
We all know that Rose is an incredible player. You don't receive the type of honours he's had without having that something special on the hardwood. But, with his lengthy absence, it truly seems that the general population had forgotten quite how much of a game changer he can be.
If what we saw earlier in the week against the Cleveland Cavaliers is anything to go by, then D.Rose is back to his terrifying best.
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Rose absolutely took Kyrie Irving to school, making the All-Star look like a rookie as he went off for an insane 30 points in just the 24 minutes he spent on the court.
Yes that is Kyrie Irving, member of Team USA and MVP of the FIBA World Cup, the former Rookie of the Year and two-time All-Star. The same Kyrie Irving who was one of the reasons LeBron James decided to come back to Cleveland.
Rose made absolute chump meat of him. Speaking of LeBron however, when the #1 is on his game he is only second in the league to James. That's how much Rose dominates in the league and his return to the top is more than enough to see the Bulls make a serious run at the NBA Championship in an Eastern Conference that has Miami on a low, Cleveland still trying to gel and a lack of star power on any of the other teams.