According to ESPNChicago’s Nick Friedell, Carlos Boozer has a very specific, highly ambitious goal for the 2010-11 Chicago Bulls:
“A championship. I think a realistic goal for us is a championship. I think anything shorter than that we’re setting ourselves up to be shorter than what we can reach. I think [we have] potential to be a championship-level team.”
After all, the Bulls’ projected starting lineup has four players who (in my humble opinion) rank in the top 10 at their respective positions (Boozer, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng). They have some solid roleplayers (like Ronnie Brewer) and a deep bench (Taj Gibson, Kyle Korver, C.J. Watson, Kurt Thomas) . And, of course, they have new coach and defensive mastermind Tom Thibodeau.
Thinking big is better than thinking small.
Of course, the East has three scary teams (Boston, Miami and Orlando), which means the Bulls might not be better than fourth in their own conference. And the Lakers seemingly got even better this summer with the acquisitions of Steve Blake, Matt Barnes and Theo Ratliff.
Can the Bulls win the title this year? Is that realistic?
Boozer seems to think so. Hopefully, he’ll play well enough and stay healthy enough to back up his words. Ditto for Noah and Deng. And, quite frankly, Rose is going to have to level up from All-Star to Superstar. Let’s face it, it takes Superstars to win championships. Somebody on the Bulls is going to have to make that leap if the team is going to truly contend.
Derrick’s got to be that guy.
Have I mentioned I can’t wait for the season to start?