Bulls overview: Uneasy over Eddy
Chicago Bulls overview
Updated: October 4, 2005, 9:44 AM ETBy John Hollinger | ESPN.com
But while Chicago's offense was feeble, its defense was tremendous. Despite an odd mixture of players that were thought to be either too young or too old, the Bulls led the NBA in field-goal percentage defense thanks to their unrelenting effort. With virtually every player either a rookie trying to establish himself or a free-agent-to-be playing for a contract (or both, in Chris Duhon's case), no team was hungrier than this one. But that also presents a hurdle for the coming season -- now that a lot of these players have new contracts, will they continue to put out maximum effort on every possession? Or will they begin to tune out the message of disciplinarian Scott Skiles? Historically, teams that improve sharply in one season tend to regress the next (a phenomenon baseball researcher Bill James dubbed the Plexiglass Principle), and the Bulls will be fighting that trend tooth and nail this season.
Can Ben Gordon repeat his late-game heroics?