Chat with Nick Friedell
Welcome to ESPNChicago.com! On Monday, Nick Friedell stops by to chat about the Chicago Bulls and their playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Friedell covers the Chicago Bulls for both ESPN Radio 1000 and ESPNChicago.com.
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Nick Friedell (1:01 PM)
Hello from the Berto, everybody. Let's get this chat rolling ...
do you think derrick rose will ever be the same??
Nick Friedell (1:06 PM)
Yes, I do. I think Derrick will be an All-Star many times over in this league. I do think he's going to have to change his game a little bit though. He's never going to stop playing hard -- he just might not be able to drive to the rim quite as much as before.
Lexie Chicago [via mobile]
Nick. Which teammate is the most sad about derricks injury? Noah seems extremely upset
Nick Friedell (1:07 PM)
Everyone is distraught. It was the saddest locker room I've ever seen. Kyle Korver and John Lucas III were close to tears. I think everyone feels equally awful.
Do the Bulls still have a good chance to make the ECF if Rip does well and Boozer plays better defense?
Nick Friedell (1:09 PM)
Yes I do. I still think the Bulls will make it to the Eastern Conference finals. They are still a very good team. Thibs will get them pumped up and ready to go. They'll take an "us against the world mentality," I think they'll have enough to get to another series with Miami.
alec brocton ny [via mobile]
Why is everyone so down on bulls now. We accomplished So many things without him this year. It's almost as bulls played more together and with hunger without him. Dont get me wrong we still need d rose for future but maybe just this year bulls got used to running there offense and defense with him not on floor. I don't think Miami can accomplish what we did without LeBron.
Nick Friedell (1:10 PM)
Everyone is down on the Bulls' chances to win a title because stars win games in the playoffs. The Bulls only had one true superstar and he went down Saturday.
I have seen a few articles talking about how the compact season contributed to Rose's injury. Do you think that may have played a role or was it just a freak thing that can pretty much happen to anyone at any time?
Nick Friedell (1:12 PM)
The injury itself may have been a freak occurrence, but I don't think there's any doubt the compressed schedule had an impact on all of Derrick's injury problems. He never had time to fully recover from all the injures he's had to endure.
Do you think the future of the Bulls is altered at all with this injury. Does it change the off season moves.
Nick Friedell (1:15 PM)
Too early to tell -- but what gets lost in all this is that if Deng does have to get surgery after the Olympics, the Bulls will most likely be without Rose and Deng for the first two months of next year. The Bulls will have to make moves in order to compensate for all these injuries.
Ken (Tinley Park)
Nick, give us a stat/fact about the Bulls w/out Rose that will make everyone (naysayers) step back and say "Yea, they do still have a chance".
Nick Friedell (1:17 PM)
Have a chance to what? The Bulls played 27 games without Derrick so they have confidence to go out to win. The players have said all the right things publicly, but the truth is even they have serious doubts if they can win a title without Derrick. Their chances to win a championships went out the window when Derrick hit the ground on Saturday.
Mike (Spring Grove)
If the Bulls lose to the Heat again, will we still enter into next season with mostly the same roster?
Nick Friedell (1:20 PM)
The core will be intact because all the contracts remain on the books. That means Rose, Boozer, Deng and Noah will all be back. As far as the bench goes, Asik may be gone if the Bulls decide not to match the offer sheet he will almost certainly sign with another team. C.J.'s option will probably be picked up. Taj will probably try and work out an extension. Butler will be in just the second year of his rookie deal. The question is: What will the Bulls do with Korver and Brewer. The third year of their contracts aren't totally guaranteed. It will be interesting to see what Gar and Pax decide to do.
Nick Friedell (1:23 PM)
Practice over ... got to go guys