Rivals get stronger as Bulls stand frustratingly still

The Miami Heat got stronger by signing Shane Battier.

The New York Knicks added Tyson Chandler.

The Los Angeles Clippers came to an agreement with Caron Butler.

The Los Angeles Lakers traded for Chris Paul.

No, wait. David Stern blocked that trade. Which was an absolute travesty, even if made me breath a sigh of relief because it kept CP3 off the Lakers.

The point is, several teams are being aggressive in their attempts to upgrade.

The Bulls, so far, have done nothing.

And although not every move is striking fear into my heart — the Heat taking a chance on Eddy Curry and the Milwaukee Bucks coming to terms with Mike Dunleavy Jr. spring to mind — I’d sure feel better if the Bulls seemed to be doing, well, anything.

Fact: Chicago’s biggest Eastern Conference rival is the Heat.

Fact: Miami was already the better team — they proved it in the playoffs last season — and now they’ve added Battier, a quality role player, elite defender and great locker room presence.

The Bulls already struggled to score against the Heat. Now, as ESPNChicago’s Nick Friedell pointed out, Miami can use Battier to guard Luol Deng and move LeBron onto Derrick Rose full time, while Chris Bosh can negate Carlos Boozer and Dwyane Wade can smother any player the Bulls can currently use at shooting guard.

Unless Joakim Noah spent the summer learning post moves from Hakeem Olajuwon, the Bulls are going to really struggle to score points against the Heat.

Now, more than ever, management needs to do something about the shooting guard situation. The match-ups versus the Heat are now far too lopsided for the Bulls to expect to win by trying harder.

Patience and careful thinking has served the Bulls well. But, assuming the goal is to win a championship, a bold and decisive move needs to be made.

Otherwise, the Bulls may as well concede ownership of the East to the Heat.

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