As most saw, and heard about already, Bulls point guard, and team leader, Derrick Rose tore his ACL on Saturday, ending his season, and probably the Bulls title hopes for 2012. The growing debate on the matter is should he have even been in the game in the first place? The Bulls had a 12 point lead with about 1:30 left in the game. That kind of lead is usually pretty safe, and it would have been big news had Philly pulled off a comeback to win Game 1. However, it is the NBA, and 90 seconds can be an ETERNITY sometimes. Had Rose been on the bench, and Philly made any sort of run, I'm sure the same critics would be chastising Tom Thibodeau all the same for taking him out. I know Rose was banged up all year, but this injury is a total freak accident, and likely not related to any injury woes Rose might have had of late. So, we can sit here and play the "what if" game all day long, it's not going to change anything. My first thoughts when I heard about the injury (of course I was NOT watching it!) were to question why he was in there, but after mulling it over, I think the odds of Philly coming back were still better than this sort of injury occurring. Regardless, it's very unfortunate, and horrible timing for the Bulls, who have made it back to being one the top teams in the NBA for the first time since the Jordan era. Bull's GM Gar Foreman has stood behind his coach's decision to leave Rose in the game. This is hardly shocking, as now would be a very inopportune time to start a riff with your head coach. The bottom line is, while debatable, it was likely not a horrible decision to keep Rose in. I know the results argue otherwise, but with something like that, you cannot be too results oriented, as they don't necessarily determine the correct decision. Yeah, Tommy Thib can sleep at night now that he has my approval!!!
Where do the Bulls go from here? Well, some Chicago fans are remaining optimistic that they have a chance still, as the Bulls were 18-9 without Rose during the regular season. Personally, while they may still get past Philly, I can't see the Bulls getting to, or winning the NBA Finals without their top player. I know they've done well without him this year, but when you play the same team for an entire series, it's easier for them to make adjustments and expose your weaknesses. I would say a best case scenario would be getting to the Eastern Conference Finals, but even that might be a stretch. I can't see the Bulls beating the Miami Heat in a best of 7 series, so unless the Heat get upset in round 1 or 2, the Bulls finals chances are toast.
So, Chicago is left with a spring and summer of watching mediocre baseball, and dreaming of NBA Finals passed! Bulls fans will have to wait another year (at least) to get that seventh title, as the Jordan era moves another year into the distant past. Don't worry Chicago, many a douchenozzle Bear fan have claimed that Brandon Marshall is their key to getting back to the Superbowl! LMAO!! Oh Bear fans, you crack me up! Four months until football season, and it can't get it here soon enough!!!
On a side note, perhaps this is karma for Rose cheating on his SAT tests?? Ha! Sorry, had to throw that one in there. Oh right, I forgot, in Chicago we're supposed to IGNORE the fact that Rose cheated his way into college. Never mind!! I'll still keep an eye on the ticker to see how the Bulls do, as I watch the NHL Playoffs and MLB action!! And who knows, perhaps they'll prove me wrong and make a run at the title anyway. As indifferent to the NBA, and Bulls, as I have become, I would still rather see ANYONE make it to the Finals other than Lebron and the Heat.
That's all for now, as I have already spent WAY too much time on the NBA!!
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