Now, I know all you Bulls fans hate John Hollinger because PER doesn't show Rose as a super elite player, and Hollinger invented the stat and tends to write about it quite a bit. However, maybe you'll like him a bit more now.
That's right John Hollinger has the Bulls with the best odds in the NBA to win the NBA title right now.
Granted, it's basically a crap shoot as Hollinger sees it. The Bulls don' thave radically better odds than the Spurs or Lakers. The Heat and Celtics aren't far off either. However, the output of most statistical simulations is going to chunk teams together.
Seeing this made me realize, it's time to go all in on this Bulls team. I've been holding back. I've been trying to be rationale. I've been trying to be reasonable. I've been trying to protect my heart from the 'inevitable' playoff loss and hurt.
Can't do it anymore. Just can't.
There comes a time where you need to believe. You need to soak it in. You need to enjoy the ride. You go into a game against an elite team and expect you'll kick their ass anyway. To laugh at the idea of the 76ers or Knicks pulling a first round upset.
The thing is, as we've all noticed, the Bulls are winning against every good team in the NBA. Their streak of big wins dates back to Dec 3rd where Boozer was only in his second game back and Noah was playing with a torn ligament on his thumb.
Now, I get it, someone you don't want to believe the streak because it's the regular season, and the playoffs are a different animal. I want to resist it myself. My natural instinct is not to believe.
But stop. Stop and look at how this team plays. They defend. My God do they defend. They rebound. They crush teams on the glass. They have a superstar scorer for end of game situations whom no one in the league can guard. They have one of the best basketball minds in the world coaching their team.
When you look at how they win. Those things are all things that become even more important in the playoffs. The Bulls are built to be a playoff team. They're built to be even better with more on the line.
I once said the Bulls probably would not win a title in the Derrick Rose era.
I was wrong. At this point, the Bulls probably will win a title in the Rose era. Who's better? The only team in the list of great teams this year outside of Chicago that isn't on the way down is Miami.
Chicago's arrow, meanwhile, is still pointing up. They're going to improve the SG spot this summer. They have the picks and the cap room to make a move and do it. They're going to get even better.
I only bring it up, not to hedge my bets on this year, but to point out that the Bulls might not just win the title this year, they're set up to have a potential dynasty. You add a quality SG who buys in to the defense and can create some offense, and this Bulls team goes from good, to downright scary.
The Bulls are a SG away from being the mid 2000s Pistons, except with the superstar that they lacked. That may sound like an insult, but that team won a title and competed for one every year for about five seasons. They were a superstar away from being a dynasty (which granted, is awfully difficult to get).
The Bulls won't be a superstar away. They'll have a superstar PG, and all star caliber players at at least three other starting positions with the potential to add a similar caliber player this summer at the final spot.
Not only that, they're set up to keep the depth the Pistons couldn't keep for at least a few seasons because Gibson and Asik still have a few more cheap years left. This Bulls team still has assets to burn.
I don't want to get cocky with it, there are no guarantees, but it's slowly dawned on me over the past few weeks. I'm going to be sporting a 1.7% tattoo for the rest of my life at some point, quite possibly this June.