When Derrick Rose's ACL went at the end of their first playoff game last year, so too did the hopes for a seventh Larry O'Brien trophy. But I'm not sure the tight-lipped Bulls front office have informed new guard Belinelli of the new reality.
"When the Bulls called me, I was so happy because Chicago is the team that can maybe win the championship and I can play with a star like Derrick Rose," he said at his introduction Tuesday at the Berto Center.
OK, now replace "star like Derrick Rose" with "grinder like Kirk Hinrich" and "championship" for "first-round exit."
Something might have been lost in translation with the 6-foot-5 Italian two guard. I bet the crafty Tom Thibodeau can say "gametime decision"and "we've got more than enough to win" in all of the romance languages.