Chicago Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf has never been one to keep his opinions to himself and that probably won’t change any time soon. As the Bulls prepare to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the team’s first NBA title, Reinsdorf told the Chicago Sun-Times that he thinks the current team is on the verge of a new string of titles.
“If you don’t see something special in Derrick Rose, then you’re blind. We have an outstanding coach, and outstanding bunch of players, the team is deep and if we stay healthy we have an awfully good chance of winning at least four championships.”
Whoa there Jerry, slow down big guy. While we love Derrick Rose and definitely agree that the Bulls are a rising power in the Eastern Conference, we’re not willing to predict anything in the way of championships.
As we mentioned yesterday, a few years ago the Portland Trail Blazers were thought to be on the verge of NBA dominance, now they’re barely holding on to a playoff spot. We like the current Bulls roster but think it could use a dominant scorer to take some pressure off Rose. Carlos Boozer is decent, but he’s done nothing to prove to us that he’s worthy of the five-year, $80 million contract he signed this past summer.
We appreciate Reinsdorf’s enthusiasm, but Jerry, come on. How about you predict winning one championship, before throwing down the gauntlet on “at least four.”
It’s just a bit much. I mean hell, Keith Bogans has started 62 games for your team this season. That Bogans-Kyle Korver shooting guard combo won’t exactly strike fear into the hearts of opponents.
If we’ve seen anything over the past few seasons it’s that it takes more than one superstar to win an NBA title. Currently the Bulls have one superstar (Rose), one sorta-star (Boozer) a nice third piece (Luol Deng) and a defensive/rebounding force (Joakim Noah).
We’re not saying the Bulls can’t win a championship this year. In fact, they have as good a shot as anyone outside of the Los Angeles Lakers. But predicting four championships for any team is ridiculous. Predicting four championships for a team that hasn’t even reached the NBA Finals is ludicrous.