“When I came in it surprised me, guys in shape, knocking down shots. There are guys working out even after practice. It’s a totally different team than last year where you have guys that are really preparing themselves for a big year.”
Those were the words of our MVP after a recent practice as the Bulls prepare themselves for their second preseason game on Monday. Most likely the biggest preseason in Bulls history. So many questions are looking to be answered. By October 29th we may not have a clear-cut answer as to how good this team is going to be. But, I will say this. This is a championship caliber team that knows that this is it. This is their last chance to bring the Larry O’Brien trophy back to Chicago. The fact that they are preparing themselves differently this season they have any season in recent memory speaks volumes as to where their confidence is.
After watching their first preseason game on Saturday you can tell this team is different. They have a certain presence about themselves. A swag if you will. This team came into a preseason game with a look in their eyes like, this is war. They will do whatever it takes to hold up that trophy Chicago fans so badly want back in their city. Derrick Rose in one of his infamous #TheReturn videos said he would “die on the court, like die” and it seems the whole team has taken that same mentality.
As a Bulls fan I couldn’t be happier with this mindset. They need this toughness, this “swag”, and mentality that they are legit contenders. This is what we have all been waiting for, a magical season that not only includes the return of DRose but also, the return of the Larry O’Brien trophy.
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