The Chicago Bulls are gearing up for what they and many hope will be a long playoff run. After staying quite at the trade deadline besides trading little used forward James Johnson for a draft pick the Bulls have now added three players to the roster.
The Bulls stayed with 12 players for most of the season and with all the injuries they have suffered were often caught playing with only 11 healthy players. First was the addition of forward Rasual Butler about two weeks ago and now they added two very familiar faces.
On Sunday the Bulls added former Bull Jannero Pargo and John Lucas III. This will be Lucas' second stint with the team this season appearing in only two games in his month with the team. While for Pargo this will be his fourth stint with the team since he entered the league in 2002. Lucas was released in early January so the Bulls wouldn't be on the hook for his contract while Pargo hasn't played for a NBA team this season.
Both will provide decent depth allowing coach Thibs to maybe give MVP front runner Derrick Rose a rest down the stretch. Wasn't the addition of Butler supposed to allow Deng to not have to long so many minutes?
It will be interesting to see how Thibs deals with Pargo's lack of defense but who knows he did get Korver to play a little D.
Chicago remains in a first place tie with the Boston Celtics for the top seed in the East. Drose and company next play the lowly Sacramento Kings at the UC Monday. The Kings are last out West with only 16 wins. The Bulls won the first matchup during the circus trip 96-85 with Rose leading all scorers with 30.
If you are heading to the game remember to bring your party hats because it's Benny the Bull's Birthday which is always a good time.