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09:12 AM ET 07.20 | Chicago isn't basking in the glow of LeBron as it may have hoped. The Bulls didn't sell 1,500 season tickets in 48 hours in June on the promise of [Carlos] Boozer banging the glass for double-doubles. A city didn't ignore baseball for a month because it was distracted by the possibility of [Kyle] Korver spotting up for 3s. Nobody was wearing out the refresh key on their computer searching for the latest [Ronnie] Brewer updates. This is what you get, Chicago: An improved team still no better than the fourth best in the East. There's the Heat, the Celtics, the Magic and then maybe the Bulls. Truth is, doubt remains about the Bulls' ability to go deep in the playoffs when this was the summer to replace question marks with exclamation points. The Bulls organization had an opportunity to make history. It will have to settle for making progress.

Chicago Tribune

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July 20, 2010  09:33 AM ET

The Bulls have done great this off season but still lacking a true SG/SF that can give you 20 pts a night and attract the double team. The Bulls are 1 piece away from being true contendors.

July 20, 2010  09:34 AM ET
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I think the bulls are better than orlando- and I think the celts won't play their hardest during the seasonthere is a chance they are a #2 seed-

Not Likely. I don't think they are better than Miami, Boston, Orlando, and Atlanta. I think Chicago will finish 5th at best. Milwaukee has also improved their team. I see Chicago battling the Bucks for the 5th position.

July 20, 2010  09:42 AM ET

The T&R writer's for the NBA are comical at times....The Bulls addressed their needs for the future...next year and beyond...and they still have cap space and tradable players if they wish to shake up the team some (which they shouldn't). Playing together for a few seasons and getting chemistry is a thing of the past I know with the impatience in sports but with a defensive minded 2 guard, a %50 three point shooter and a low post threat like Boozer, I think they did an excellent job of improving while remaining fiscally responsible.

July 20, 2010  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I think the bulls are better than orlando- and I think the celts won't play their hardest during the seasonthere is a chance they are a #2 seed-

Miami will struggle in early in the season but trust they will win the East because of Lebron. He is the best regular season player as he's always on cloud nine. But when the real season starts and the other players get on cloud nine as well that's when the real Lebron comes out. He's not a playoff player and Miami will learn that the hard way.

The Bulls made progress just as the Cavs did last year but then there's different degrees of progress. They did well but not enough to make them fourth seed in the East. They'll struggle with the Knicks for 6, 7, 8.

The top five regular season teams in the East are

Miami
Orlando
Boston
Atlanta
Milwaukee

Shaq will just tilt the playoff stamina of the team he joins but he won't affect the regular season jocking as much.

July 20, 2010  09:59 AM ET

Take it easy on the Booze(r), Bro.

July 20, 2010  09:59 AM ET

Thing I am most worry about in Milwaukee, is backup Center, who rookies Larry Sanders, Tiny Gallon, can Drew Gooden play Center?, and backup point guard, just signed Keyon Dooling, in the summer league the Bucks took a look see at Sun Yue the last game from the WASH LV summer league roster.

July 20, 2010  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The T&R writer's for the NBA are comical at times....The Bulls addressed their needs for the future...next year and beyond...and they still have cap space and tradable players if they wish to shake up the team some (which they shouldn't). Playing together for a few seasons and getting chemistry is a thing of the past I know with the impatience in sports but with a defensive minded 2 guard, a %50 three point shooter and a low post threat like Boozer, I think they did an excellent job of improving while remaining fiscally responsible.

Thank you kind sir! I think we all know that the Bulls aren't at the "elite" status yet but we're getting a whole lot better than what we were the last two years. I wouldn't be surprised if we're battling one of those teams for that 3rd or 4th seed.

July 20, 2010  10:04 AM ET

This article nor one person posting stated the most important part of the Bulls and their future. His name is Derrick Rose. The kid is unbelievable at the age of 20. He improved greatly from year one to year two. He is a motivated person who is striving to always be improving his game. This is obvious with all the extra time he puts in the gym. Reports have him working on a 3 ball this off season and is VERY happy where it stands now. He is our Lebron he is our batman, we will go as far as Rose will take us. I love the young athletic team we are creating. They should be fun to watch and all compliment Rose well. Rose played real well both years in the playoffs. Just think Rose is prolly only 60% of what he will end up being. Hes only 20!

July 20, 2010  10:06 AM ET
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Miami will struggle in early in the season but trust they will win the East because of Lebron. He is the best regular season player as he's always on cloud nine. But when the real season starts and the other players get on cloud nine as well that's when the real Lebron comes out. He's not a playoff player and Miami will learn that the hard way.The Bulls made progress just as the Cavs did last year but then there's different degrees of progress. They did well but not enough to make them fourth seed in the East. They'll struggle with the Knicks for 6, 7, 8. The top five regular season teams in the East are MiamiOrlandoBostonAtlantaMilwaukeeShaq will just tilt the playoff stamina of the team he joins but he won't affect the regular season jocking as much.

Did you really say we'll struggle with the Knicks? WOW...and i guess that's because of Amare who wont be able to tie his shoes w/o Nash! That team is a wreck and i'll be surprised if they make the playoffs even with Stoudamire.

July 20, 2010  10:11 AM ET
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Not Likely. I don't think they are better than Miami, Boston, Orlando, and Atlanta. I think Chicago will finish 5th at best. Milwaukee has also improved their team. I see Chicago battling the Bucks for the 5th position.

I think the Bulls are are better than the hawks. If we go by position: rose better than bibby, Johnson is better than the SG, Williams and Deng is a wash, boozer is better than smith, Noah has improved in the past two years. I can't see the hawks being a major player in the east, unless they sign a big like shaq, then everybody can slide down to their natural position.

July 20, 2010  10:13 AM ET
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Miami will struggle in early in the season but trust they will win the East because of Lebron. He is the best regular season player as he's always on cloud nine. But when the real season starts and the other players get on cloud nine as well that's when the real Lebron comes out. He's not a playoff player and Miami will learn that the hard way.The Bulls made progress just as the Cavs did last year but then there's different degrees of progress. They did well but not enough to make them fourth seed in the East. They'll struggle with the Knicks for 6, 7, 8. The top five regular season teams in the East are MiamiOrlandoBostonAtlantaMilwaukeeShaq will just tilt the playoff stamina of the team he joins but he won't affect the regular season jocking as much.

I agree with your lebron comment but if that is the case then why did you want him so bad on your Knicks team. I would think you wouldn't want that type of player on your team but yet that is all you talked about how if he was on ur Knicks team they would be dominant during the playoffs. hmm... what changed??

Also the Bulls are not going to struggle like the Knicks since they are much better. The Bulls will stay around 4-6 seed while the Knicks will be fighting for a playoffs spot and I have a feeling they prob won't make the playoffs this year BUT depending how Amare plays out they could grab the 8th seed.

Top teams

Miami
Boston
Orlando
Atlanta
Chicago
Bucks
Bobcats
Philly

July 20, 2010  10:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

This article nor one person posting stated the most important part of the Bulls and their future. His name is Derrick Rose. The kid is unbelievable at the age of 20. He improved greatly from year one to year two. He is a motivated person who is striving to always be improving his game. This is obvious with all the extra time he puts in the gym. Reports have him working on a 3 ball this off season and is VERY happy where it stands now. He is our Lebron he is our batman, we will go as far as Rose will take us. I love the young athletic team we are creating. They should be fun to watch and all compliment Rose well. Rose played real well both years in the playoffs. Just think Rose is prolly only 60% of what he will end up being. Hes only 20!

No one has to guess who you are rooting for....The playoffs are the only thing that matters seed rankings don't any team can be beat on any given night. Even home court advantage is beginning to be overrrated.

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July 20, 2010  10:22 AM ET

The Bulls have made some significant upgrades in their roster. Getting Boozer, Korver and Brewer as consolation for LeFraud is not a bad deal. The East in general has gotten stronger but I think that Chicago is capable of a top four finish.

July 20, 2010  10:24 AM ET
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I agree with your lebron comment but if that is the case then why did you want him so bad on your Knicks team. I would think you wouldn't want that type of player on your team but yet that is all you talked about how if he was on ur Knicks team they would be dominant during the playoffs. hmm... what changed??Also the Bulls are not going to struggle like the Knicks since they are much better. The Bulls will stay around 4-6 seed while the Knicks will be fighting for a playoffs spot and I have a feeling they prob won't make the playoffs this year BUT depending how Amare plays out they could grab the 8th seed. Top teamsMiamiBostonOrlandoAtlantaChicagoBucksBobcatsPhilly

Philly in the playoffs? Lol.. even the owner doesn't want to make the playoffs...

July 20, 2010  10:25 AM ET

The Bulls have positioned themselves nicely to become a great team over the next couple of years, and may make another run in the playoffs this year though fall short. However, next year they will begin a run of challenging the Heat for East supremacy for many years (barring free agent losses or injury). I think the Magic aren't positioned well as Vince Carter is a playoff dog and Dwight Howard can't do it alone. The Celtics are aging and on the way down, and Atlanta just doesn't have the firepower.

July 20, 2010  10:27 AM ET

i am a philly fan sixers will go no where,however they are going in the right direction finally

July 20, 2010  10:32 AM ET
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Philly in the playoffs? Lol.. even the owner doesn't want to make the playoffs...

Don't sleep on them

 
July 20, 2010  10:33 AM ET

I don't see anyway someone could compare Chicago to New York, Chicago made some real solid strides in building a "team" the Knicks added the most overratted player in the free agent market and a mediocre at best point guard in Felton. Mark my words now no way the Knicks make the playoffs that team is extremely weak, Felton can't make Amare look like Nash did.

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