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View Poll Results: Would you be surprised if the Chicago Bulls won the title in 2012?
Yes 8 33.33%
No 16 66.67%
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:18 AM
 
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According to various commentators on ESPN (Skip Bayless, Stephen A Smith, etc.) and Bleacher Report, there really are only 3 real contenders this year: Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, and San Antonio Spurs.

There is a huge element of NBA fans who also believe the same.

So I pose this question to you; would you be surprised if the Bulls won the title in 2012
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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No.
Heat will be eliminated by Orlando
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:36 AM
 
Location: spring tx
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I wouldn't be surprised. I would also advise to take bleacher report with a grain of salt, those are just some joe blow like me or you writing a story out of the blue.
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Cook County
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Go through the history of Skip Bayliss and Stephen A Smith predictions and tell me their success rate. Putting stock in those clowns will get you nowhere. They make for good television but that is where it ends.
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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Year 2 for me of 'anybody but the cHeat'...even if it is 90s nemesis Chicago Bulls for this Cavs fan! And I do think Chicago has a very good shot of beating them, especially if they hold strong to that 1st seed, they play very good defense and have enough offensive weapons to be a real threat to LeJudas & Miami. That said, I'd prefer to see OKC win it all; and I agree w/Orangeish about Skip & Steven A.
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Chicago or OKC vs the Heat. Of course LeBron flops again and people around the world still have the audacity to mention him in the same sentence as Jordan and Pippen.
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Old 03-29-2012, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Earth
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Heat, Bulls, Spurs, OKC....none of those teams winning would surprise me at all. Well, maybe Spurs only because people had written them off a few years ago, but they've managed to retool on the fly and remain an elite team even as Duncan moves through the twillight of his career. Well run organization, stellar coaching and player management....
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Old 03-29-2012, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Old Bellevue, WA
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The Bulls do have the best record despite having lost Rose for a bunch of games (about 18) so far due to injury. The Bulls have the best depth, which is an advantage with the compressed schedule. How much that advantage carries over to the playoffs is an open question. I like the fact that the Bulls have 4 quality bigs. This was one of the secrets of the old Bulls, when they would always have lots of big bodies like Will Perdue, Bill Wennington, Bill Cartwright, James Edwards, Luke Longley, etc.
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:44 PM
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Location: Springfield, Ohio
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I think the Heat & Thunder are favorites for good reason, but to say the Bulls aren't contenders for the title at this point is ridiculous.
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:02 AM
 
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6 weeks ago I would have said I would be surprised.

However, Boozer is clearly a different player than last year now that he is healthy. He has picked up a lot of Roses missed scoring. The Bulls bench has just gotten more experience and is very very tough with guys like Gibson, Asik, Brewer....heck, I think their bench is better than a couple NBA teams. Noah has developed his game offensively....the Bulls are definitely better than last year.

However, the Heat are too.

Clearly it will be the Bulls or the Heat in the Finals and either of those teams is a fair match for whomever comes out of the west.

It is REALLY exciting to have NBA playoffs coming up where there are 3-4 legitimate teams to win the title. I wouldn't count the Spurs out in the West.
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