The Chicago Bulls expect to play most of the regular season this year without superstar Derrick Rose. Don't expect most opponents to feel sorry for Bulls, or expect them to be any less of a threat.
Orlando Magic forward Glen Davis still thinks Chicago will be a formidable challenge in the Eastern Conference, and expects them to play at a high level. After the game, "Big Baby" addressed the media, stating:
"I don't see [them taking a step back]. I just see guys on their team having to step up. Guys just have to do a little bit more because Derrick Rose did a lot for that team. Guys like Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah are guys that can really play the game at a high level.
Davis has played well so far this young season, averaging 25 points per game, helping the Magic to a surprise 2-1 start. Orlando is currently fifth in the league in scoring and eighth in the league in scoring defense, playing well on both sides of the ball despite losing center Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Davis credits a lot of his current success with what he learned while coming off the bench for the Boston Celtics, and praises current Chicago head coach Tom Thibodeau for helping instill a strong work ethic. The power forward knows that Thibodeau's mindset has influenced the Bulls, which should help Chicago compete at a high level.