By typical NBA standards, the Chicago Bulls have been way above average in recent years in terms of success, reaching the postseason in former head coach Tom Thibodeau’s five seasons at the helm. But Chicago wants more than playoff appearances, and ownership decided to part ways with one of the most successful basketball coaches in the past half-decade.
In comes “The Mayor” Fred Hoiberg from Iowa State, who played with the Bulls from 1999-2003. Hoiberg intends to bring a distinct offensive style of basketball to the Bulls, which is not something the team is used to implementing after playing under the defensive-minded Thibodeau.
The Bulls aren’t overhauling their roster, as they head into the 2015-16 season with essentially the same group as last season. As usual, the Bulls hope for a full, healthy season from Derrick Rose, something already in question after the star point guard was on the receiving end of an elbow to the face during practice. As a result, Rose had to undergo surgery for a left orbital fracture, but will most likely be ready for the start of the regular season nonetheless.
Jimmy Butler, Kirk Hinrich, Mike Dunleavy, Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson, Nikola Mirotic and Joakim Noah will be the minute-hoarders this season, with Doug McDermott, Tony Snell and 2015 NBA Draft selection Bobby Portis all being counted on to spell the veterans during the year.
The Chicago Bulls will be right up there with the Cleveland Cavaliers, competing for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Fortunately for NBA fans, these two teams square off on the first night of the NBA’s regular season on October 27 at the United Center. Tickets to see the Bulls in their opener on the secondary market have an average price of $397.93 and a get-in price of $110. Fans going to the game can save on parking in Chicago through ParkWhiz.com, which has United Center parking starting from $21. It is the third most expensive Bulls game of the entire season in terms of average price on the secondary market.
The most expensive game is against the defending champion Golden State Warriors on November 20 at Oracle Arena, having an average ticket price of $662.43 with a get-in price of $88. The second most expensive is also against the Cavaliers at the United Center, but at a later date on April 9, with an average price of $522.56 and a get-in price of $118.
Chicago was ranked 15th in the NBA last season in team points per game at 100.8, behind the Sacramento Kings and in front of the New Orleans Pelicans. The franchise believes Hoiberg can take this team to the next level offensively without losing their defensive principles learned from Thibs over the past five seasons. Without question, they will be one of the main teams to watch in the Eastern Conference.