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What happened to the Bulls?

PER Diem: Dec. 9, 2009

Updated: December 9, 2009, 2:15 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
Chicago BullsSam Forencich/NBAE/Getty ImagesOnce thought to be playoff contenders, the Chicago Bulls are on course for a 50-loss season.

Opinions varied as to what type of team Chicago would be this season, but nobody thought it would be the kind that loses at home to the 1-19 Nets.

High expectations greeted the Bulls this fall after they narrowly lost an epic playoff series against Boston last spring. With a promising young point guard in Derrick Rose and with forward Luol Deng returning from injury, most experts pegged Chicago for the playoffs. Some thought they could be a 50-win team and challenge the East's upper crust. Certainly nobody thought they'd be a 50-loss team.

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