The Bulls look pretty damn strong, especially with the recent pickup of Richard Hamilton who will serve as Rose’s perfect wingman. Adding “Rip” Hamilton only makes Chicago that much stronger.
Let me remind you of their starting five that flashes four team captains? Chicago’s backcourt will be led by their superstar reigning and youngest regular season MVP ever Derrick Rose at the 1 who averages 25ppg. At the 2 a recently acquired Richard Hamilton who will quietly average in double-digits behind Rose. In the frontcourt the Bulls have the always reliable Luol Deng at the 3 spot who averages 17pts/6rebs per game, 9-year veteran Carlos Boozer who averages 18pts/10rebs per game at the 4, and a stronger by the minute big man at the 5 Joakim Noah who had a great season last year averaging a career high 12ppg w/ 10rebs (48 games).
Chicago made it to the Eastern Conference Finals last year and they have no intention to stop there this season. The only goal Chicago has is to win it all, especially with the opportunity of a 66-game season.
As for the Lakers, they’ve gotten weaker. Their depth is as deep as a kiddie pool having lost Shannon Brown and Lamar Odom this off season. Their absence will really hurt this franchise.
Now before you quickly drive out to Vegas or place your online bet with a point spread of 50, be cautious because our brilliant GM still has his big off season move to unveil. So take your time, in fact read up on some online casino reviews and don’t be so eager to lose your money. Lakers will come out with a move that will blow everyone’s minds.
If the season started today, the Lakers starting five would look like this:
Derek Fisher (PG), Kobe Bryant (SG), Metta World Peace (SF), Pau Gasol (PF) and Andrew Bynum (C).
Last season averages:
Derek - 7pts/3 assists; Kobe - 25pts/5assists/5rebs; Metta - 9pts/3rebs; Pau – 19pts/10rebs; Andrew – 11ptys/9rebs (54 games).
The season opener is on Christmas day, December 25th in Los Angeles.
Start time: 2PM PST on ABC.