Being a Bulls fan has been trying over the last five years. Not trying in the sense of what someone who likes Sacramento or some other shitty team that hasn't made the playoffs in years, but trying because I thought there would have been at least one championship by now. While Chicago has been a gritty, tough-minded team that has been easy to cheer for, ultimately they've failed to deliver what they were assembled to do. It seemed as though as little as a week ago the team was poised to add a proven veteran scorer that they sorely needed, someone who can create his own shot and generate offense without any help. But Carmelo Anthony decided to choose money over rings, which led to the team signing Pau Gasol away from Los Angeles. Much like in the summer of 2010 when the team signed Carlos Boozer after missing out on the free agent prizes of Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, this feels like settling for a secondary option. Gasol brings a good number of positives to the Windy City however, and the Bulls can still win the East with him on board.
I'm definitely not promising championships here, and honestly not signing Melo still stings a bit. But the future of the Bulls right now looks rosier than it did after losing to the Wiz Kids. I'm comfortable with a nucleus of Rose, Gasol, Noah, Jimmy Buckets, Taj Gibson, and Mirotic. I'm hyped about the white-wash possibilities with some combo of Kirk Hinrich, Mike Dunleavy Jr, Mirotic, Pau, McBuckets, and Jimmer. This could be a fun team to cheer for. And even if it ends in disaster, the Lebron signing has shaken things up to the point where I literally can't wait for the NBA to start. And this is coming from a diehard college basketball fan who casually watches the NBA until the Final Four is over. Any sport is more fun when your team is in the mix for a title, and Gasol brings with him a championship pedigree that could lead to a similar end for the Bulls.