It’s been a long off-season for the Chicago faithful. In the first round of the playoffs Derrick Rose went down, a few days later the rest of the team followed. There is still no specific return date for rose, but the bulls hope to have him back this year. Until he returns Chicago will need to rely on the frontcourt. Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng, Joahkim Noah and Taj Gibson will be leaned on to carry the team for a while. I think even without Rose this is a playoff team, maybe even a fifty win team, but the fact of the matter is this is a superstar league. Without Rose the Bulls don't have one and they are not real contenders. How far they can go in the playoffs will depend on how and when Rose recovers and if the rest of the roster can stay healthy. They tip off the season at home against the Kings tonight at seven.