City Sports Report

Chicago, not LeBron & Cavs, Beasts of the East

Derrick Rose will lead Chicago Bulls to NBA Finals (Photo by Marc Rasbury)

As we go into the 2014-2015 NBA season, the local New York Knicks should be improved, and the Brooklyn Nets will need to depend of the health of their All-Stars Deron Williams and Brook Lopez, but the most-talked about move in the NBA was the return to Cleveland of LeBron James.  With the addition of Kevin Love, many see the Cavaliers as the team to beat in the East.  I am not one of those people, as I think the Chicago Bulls are better.

With the return of Derrick Rose, who played for USA Basketball during the FIBA Basketball World Cup, the Bulls have their former MVP back, and he looks to be as good as ever.  With the addition of Pau Gasol, a former All-Star with a versatile game, combined with the tenacious defense that the Bulls have become known for under head coach Tom Thibodeau, the Bulls, on paper, have their best team with Rose.  It is the defensive intensity of the Bulls, combined with their improved offense that will make them the victors of the Eastern Conference if Derrick Rose remains healthy.

Cleveland will be tough to match offensively, but they will suffer on defense.  Two of the Big Three for the Cavaliers, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, are mediocre defenders at best.  Don’t expect for that to improve greatly this season.  The experience factor carries a lot of weight as well.  NBA players always discuss how games are more intense in the playoffs, especially on the defensive end of the floor.  Love and Kyrie have yet to experience that, as neither has made the NBA Playoffs in their career.  There was an unexpected adjustment period for LeBron and the Big Three in Miami, but you can see it coming a mile away in Cleveland.  Expect the Cavs to fall to the Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals.

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