If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Well, what if it tears its ACL? That has been the case for the Chicago Bulls since Saturday, April 28 when Derrick Rosewent down with a torn Anterior cruciate ligament in the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs. Since that point, I have written about the inability for the Bulls to make significant roster adjustments - given Rose, and possibly Luol Deng will miss the first half of the season. I may be ready to eat my words.
The Bulls have managed to garner an assemblage of size and experience, while breaking up the beloved "Bench Mob" under nix criticism. Now Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver, C.J. Watson, Omer Asik, Mike James, and Brian Scalabrine all have tested and scored the free agent market, leaving the core of the team (Rose, Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng, Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson) remaining to build from.
The Bulls have since added veteran and former fan favorite Kirk Hinrich, who will likely start at point guard in place of the injured Rose until he's healthy. Hinrich adds defense and streak shooting, plus the added bonus of coming home to team that he never should have left from. They also added wing scorers Marco Belinelli and Vladimir Radmanovic, both capable of knocking down 3's and Radmanovic - 6'10", 235 - will extend the floor and create a problems for defenses.
The most notable acquisition outside of Hinrich is Chicago-native, big man Nazr Mohammed. The 14-year veteran will take the place of Omer Asik, who signed with the Houston Rockets for 3-years, $25 million. Although he scored just 2.7ppg and 2.7rpg, Nazr will provide a physical presence when the Bulls get into the halfcourt game.
The Bulls also drafted point guard Marquis Teague from Kentucky, fresh off of a National Championship win. Barring injury, I do not expect to see much playing time from Teague, but I do expect him to develop into a great backup for Derrick Rose.
Here is some great scouting on Marquis Teague courtesy of TheMikeSchmitz
In any case the Bulls have managed to successfully begin the process of building the team around the possibility of not having Rose. By bringing in a veteran core of players, plus homer Kirk Hinrich, the Bulls have righted the ship without breaking up the 'chemistry' that is evangelized around the Berto Center. All the while picking up a young, successful point guard whose services may be needed sooner than expectations would perceive.
The Bulls are still one scorer away from being legit in the East. Which is now lorded by the Miami Heat Big Three & Co. whose size, speed, and athleticism will become the blueprint in which teams will use to build a contender. The Bulls will need to add more athleticism - and dare I say it - star power in order to be the team to take it all. Particularly at the shooting guard position, Belinelli, Richard Hamilton and Kirk Hinrich are all backup role players at best for this Chicago team and will need a scorer who can truly create shots for himself and allow Derrick Rose to be whatever Derrick Rose comes back from rehabilitation.
Wish him the best of luck. And the Bulls as well.