Nobody knows what to expect from the Chicago Bulls next season. Part of the reason for that is that this marks a true departure from the Bulls teams that fans have watched for the better part of a decade.
Mainstays like Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah are gone and they have been replaced by Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo. That’s a lot of change for one team to navigate in one offseason.
The two newest additions to the team are better handling the ball and neither is a prolific three-point scorer. Jimmy Butler also fits this description.
These are just some of the question marks surrounding the Windy City. Some larger questions like personality fit also loom over the squad. Head coach Fred Hoiberg doesn’t feel like this should be a problem though.
He’s spent time in colorful locker rooms during his tenure with the Minnesota Timberwolves in the early 2000s.
Hoiberg told CSN: “We had three strong personalities, three very good players. It took a while but once it got going we were off and running and had the best record in the West.”
He was referencing the 2003-04 Wolves and their mix of stars in Kevin Garnett, Latrell Sprewell and Sam Cassell. That was a great top three back in those days. Chi-Town has its own mix of stars with the recent acquisitions.
Each of those players in 2004 played their roles to perfection and leaned on their young superstar. It seems like that could a recipe for similar success for Chicago.
The coach is optimistic, but it might be a pipe dream to expect his own stars to gel and achieve the same level of dominance that his old teammates did.
However, for a franchise that is looking for a bit of stability after a recent dip, getting back to the playoffs should be a great start.