Found May 01, 2012 on Pass The Pill:

Ever since the Bulls reigning MVP, Derrick Rose, went down in game one of the first round of the 2012 NBA finals, the Bulls have decided to write each other motivational messages. Bulls great, Scottie Pippen got in on the action.

“Yes, you lost one of your brothers—a warrior in every sense of the word—but I know and you know you’ve still got a lot of fight left,” writes Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen to the Bulls. “You’re still the best team in the NBA until an opponent proves otherwise. So go out there and play like it.”

Who better to give this Bulls a little bit of inspiration than a ex-Bulls Hall Of Famer? Perhaps Michael Jordan, but perhaps he has more pressing issues at the moment…

Derrick Rose missed 27 regular season games this season and the Bulls amazed the league by winning 18 of those contests. This bodes well for a Chicago team who will need to rely heavily on John Lucas III, C.J. Watson and Mike James.


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