by Ken Kay
I couldn't help but notice the other night when Luol Deng hit those two big threes against the Spurs that this is the Chicago Bulls for the 2011-12 season. They aren't going to make a trade for a big guy or one more shooter. They have their team in place right now.
There was so much talk during the offseason about getting another shooter to compliment Rose and I couldn't have agreed more. Even with the addition of Rip Hamilton, many still thought it wasn't good enough.
But here the Bulls are with a 31-8 record and sitting atop of the Eastern Conference by two games. And I have to admit, I'm still guilty and agree with the sports world when they say "the Heat are the team to beat". After all, they are the reigning Eastern Conference Champs. With that said, I do think the Bulls have what it takes to beat the Heat this year.
Whether or not they add a big or another shooter, the core of this team will get it done. Luol Deng is having a helluva year and is starting to look like the extra shooter everyone thought the Bulls needed. Then you add a healthy Rip Hamilton running around to the mix and the Bulls have their formula.
I believe the Bulls actually have what they thought they needed all along. He also isn't afraid to take the shot when needed. Deng+Rose = Success.