While many have been quick to dismiss the Chicago Bulls with Derrick Rose sidelined, coach Tom Thibodeau's team is eager to prove its doubters wrong.
After six consecutive losing campaigns, the Sacramento Kings are also looking to surprise.
Chicago tries to continue its recent domination of Sacramento as both teams kick off their seasons Wednesday night at the United Center.
After finishing an Eastern Conference-best 50-16 last season, the Bulls entered the playoffs with legitimate title hopes before Rose tore his left ACL during Game 1 of a first-round loss to Philadelphia. It's still unknown when the league's 2010-11 MVP will be able to return to the court.
"We all know us being without D. Rose we'll probably be the underdog in every game we play," Carlos Boozer told the team's official website. "That's all right. We're ready for that challenge. We'll be ready to play every game."
With Rose out, Chicago will look for even more from Luol Deng. The All-Star forward, who played ...