It may just be another abbreviated NBA season, only 66 games, but at least there will be one. The players and owners finally came to their senses and resolved their differences, saving what once was thought to be a lost season. Both sides ratified a new labor agreement, and now the business of basketball operations can finally begin.
The season starts on Christmas. For the Bulls, Gar Forman and John Paxson can now fill out a Bulls roster that can make a legitmate run at another NBA Championship. Led by MVP Derrick Rose, the Bulls will attempt to address the need to find a legitimate #2 guard to compliment Rose and find another forward to work with Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer.
The Bulls begin their season in Los Angeles taking on Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. While rumors persist that the Bulls are actively pursuing Dwight Howard, they must contend with staying competitive with the other Eastern Conference power teams in the New York Knicks, Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics. The Bulls led the NBA with 62 wins last year, but lost to the Heat in the Conference Finals. Outmatched by the trio of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, the Bulls fell short of another trip to the Finals.
Anticipation is running high in Chicago, with the expectations of another Championship buzzing around the heads of the Bulls and the fans. Given the short window the Bulls have before the opener, Forman and Paxson must move quickly to secure the one or two pieces needed to win in June. It may cost the Bulls Luol Deng and Taj Gibson, but if they can bring home their seventh NBA title, it will be well worth it.