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When Derrick Rose, star point guard and reigning MVP, suffered a devastating injury in the first round of the 2012 NBA playoffs, the Chicago Bulls quickly collapsed. Despite having the best record of the 2011-12 lockout-shortened season, the Bulls didn't make it out of the first round against the eighth-seeded Philadelphia 76ers.
The 2012–13 Chicago Bulls, comprised of the off-season's best Chicago Tribune sports coverage, will guide fans through the wake of that painful playoff loss and the subsequent crucial signings, trades, and updates on Rose's rehabilitation. Die-hard fans and casual observers alike will appreciate the recap of the controversial off-season, written in the straightforward and insightful manner of the Chicago Tribune's award-winning journalists.
During the summer, Rose began rehabbing an injury that, even by the most optimistic standards, had him missing the first few months of the coming season. Similarly, starters Joakim Noah and Richard Hamilton trained to recover from injuries that limited them in the playoffs and throughout the regular season. First-time All-Star Luol Deng, however, chose to forgo surgery on his injured wrist ligaments and instead opted to play for Great Britain in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
In the face of the dispiriting end to the 2011-12 season, it soon became clear that the Bulls couldn't afford to be major players in the free agent market, let alone be able to keep intact their highly touted bench unit. The dismantling of the "Bench Mob," which had been called the team's second-best asset behind Rose, happened quickly and turned over half the team's roster. While many fans decried this turnover as being based on financial decisions as opposed to "basketball decisions," it remains to be seen whether Coach Tom Thibodeau can mold this group into a winning team as they anxiously await Derrick Rose's return.
Title The 2012-13 Chicago Bulls
Subtitle A Superstar's Setback, A Team Transformed
Author Chicago Tribune Staff
Audience 01 General / trade
Nb of pages
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781572844384
Reference no. 978-1-57284-438-4
List Price $4.99