Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 1/21/12
No one will ever confuse today's Chicago Bulls with the good ol' days of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant. These Bulls wont typically get pumped by the NBA as Must-See TV. And no three players on the roster will ever be referred to as The Big Three. But they have something good going for them. Something that might be considered less-than-sexy. Something that might not increase the ratings, something that doesnt lend itself to headlines about their star player wanting to move to another franchise, something that could be considered a real downer when it comes to so many things that make the NBA popular today. These Bulls, it seems, are merely a team. All they have in the way of pop icons is a young player by the name of Derrick Rose, the NBA's reigning Most Valuable Player. All they do is defend and rebound and work the ball for the best possible shot. Thats far from the drama of Hollywood or becoming a hot topic of discussion based on star power alone. Thats just basketball. These Bulls play with confidence, unity, resolve. They listen to a coach, Tom Thibodeau, who seems about as exciting as a trip to the eye doctor. They have a general manager, Gar Forman, whose major splashes include signing forward Carlos Boozer in 2010 and somewhat-over-the-hill shooting guard Richard Hamilton a year later. Forman also played a role in picking up Ronnie Brewer and Kyle Korver, a pair of underrated but important sharpshooters, and he landed workmanlike forward Taj Gibson late in the draft. None of these Bulls components will ever be used as an example by those who say the NBA is all about steaks and jets. Instead, these Bulls win games the old-fashioned way wrestling their way to victories in an era when anything less than looking fashionable is too often considered reason for shame. There arent a lot of monstrous dunks or behind-the-back passes or crossover dribbles that get overexposed on the highlight shows. Rather, its about sticking your elbows out and getting after it. Its about bending your knees and shuffling your feet. Its about giving the ball to Rose and letting him create first for others, and then himself. If any current NBA team resembles the 1960 Boston Celtics, its the 2012 Chicago Bulls, with Rose operating as a modern-day Bob Cousy. Rose is fast, hes shifty, hes competitive. Hes originally from Chicago, but he couldn't seem to care less about the bright lights and big cities and trade rumors that dominate markets both large and small. He just wants a chance to take Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook or any other big-name point guard to the hoop. Rose just wants to run his team like a real point guard should, via poise and pace. And he just wants to let the world and his teammates know that, yes, he has bought into Thibodeaus low-key and defense-first approach, and that they should do the same. So it's understandable if Rose and the Bulls have not won you over yet. There's no sizzle here. Forget the fact they won a league-best 62 games last season and won 14 of their first 17 this year. That includes a win over the Lakers in LA. But no matter how you feel, you cannot argue that these Bulls appear to be for real. That should be reward enough for true fans, the people who love the NBA for things like outstanding coaching, stellar defense and genuine teamwork. The Bulls offer all that and more. Maybe that's not enough for you. But when you're the Bulls, to whom nothing but winning a title matters, it's quite likely to be plenty. Follow Sam Amico on Twitter @SamAmicoFSO
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