The Chicago Bulls are without star Derrick Rose, but even when they get him back, they're at something of a disadvantage with the way the NBA is shaping up now. They don't yet have a star player next to Rose, and it's looking more and more like a minimum of two absolute superstars is required to win a championship at this point. ESPN Chicago has a quote from the Bulls' executive vice president of basketball operations, John Paxson:
"The fact that ... we haven't gotten another superstar to go with Derrick hasn't been through a lack of making phone calls and having dialogue with other teams," Paxson, the Bulls' executive vice president of basketball operations, said Tuesday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "We're not out there promoting when we talk to people. The fact that we haven't been able to do that, we'd like to do that. We understand as well as anybody that it's been proven over the years that one great player is not going to get you a championship."
It's all started with LeBron James teaming up with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in Miami. Ray Allen joined them this season, while Steve Nash and Dwight Howard joined Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and the Lakers. Jason Kidd is in New York with Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. There's plenty of teams to pull examples from at this point.
The Bulls have tried to win over some of these guys. They were interested in all three of Wade, Bosh and James, and there were rumors of significant interest in Howard and Anthony, but those things never panned out. One of those players would certainly make the Bulls a powerhouse in the league, but they need to be able to lure them.