The Eastern Conference is home to the two-time defending champions, and is top heavy with talented teams vying for a championship. While the Pacers, Knicks, and especially the Nets, made moves to propel their team to hopefully the next level, the Bulls made minimum changes to their roster.
One major change Chicago will have this year from last is the addition of Derrick Rose, the last man to win the league MVP not named LeBron. At his D Rose 4 launch event at the United Center, the Bulls point guard acknowledges the moves made by other teams in the East, but feels Chi's best move was not making one. Rose cites chemistry between the team that made it to the second round of the playoffs without him, as what can help them make it out of the East.
“I think we’re up there,” Rose said, when asked where the Bulls stack up while speaking to reporters at the launch event for his latest signature shoe from adidas. ”We really didn’t make any big moves like some teams but with the chemistry that we have, I think in the sport of basketball that can take you pretty far. Some of those teams that you named are just getting guys, and you’ve got to get familiar with playing with a teammate.” [...]
“We’ve been around each other for three years already, so I think chemistry is going to take us far in the season,” Rose said. “But we’ve got to still take it one game at a time.”