Prior to this season, the Chicago Bulls were looking to form the type of team that could compete to make a deep playoff run in the Eastern Conference. And it looks like the front office managed to at least put together a playoff contender during the offseason. Now the Bulls have to prove they can do it together on the pitch.
Second-year head coach Billy Donovan and the Bulls have a much better roster this season, and the team have looked to prove it during the preseason. The Bulls came off the four-game preseason roster unscathed, leading to a team that had a fair bit of confidence and momentum heading into Game 1 of the regular season.
Executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas and general manager Marc Eversley gave Donovan the resources he needed to at least end the four-year playoff drought.
According to a report by Sports Illustrated’s Chris Herring on October 20, Karnisovas is essentially trying to “emulate” what the Phoenix Suns did on the way to contention last season. The sudden success the Suns found, nearly winning an NBA title over the Milwaukee Bucks, was in large part thanks to the addition of veteran point guard Chris Paul.
Chicago Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas takes inspiration from the Suns
And when Karnisovas and the Bulls went looking for point guard Lonzo Ball, star point guard / striker DeMar DeRozan, point guard Alex Caruso etc last offseason it was probably with a similar goal in mind. You can even go back to the trade deadline last season to find some of the bigger additions to help turn the ship around immediately for the Bulls.
The Bulls have also added star center Nikola Vucevic, shooting goaltender / small forward Troy Brown Jr., shooting goaltender Javonte Green and more as the trade deadline last season.
We’ll see if the Bulls can keep the momentum going ahead of their home opener on October 22. After a weak 94-88 win over the Detroit Pistons in the regular season opener on the road on Oct. 20, the Bulls are looking to continue their success in the winning column.
The Bulls will face the star attacking duo of Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram and the New Orleans Pelicans at the United Center in the home opener on the night of October 22. Taking a 2-0 record in the weekend would be a huge boost for the Bulls.