As we get set for the Bulls season, let's take a closer look at each player on the projected roster.
Salary: $7,000,000 (His new max deal worth $94 million over five years kicks in next year).
Role for Bulls in 2011-12: Do everything. Rose will be expected to do all the same things he did last season and build on his MVP resume. He may not have to score as much this season given that the Bulls have added Rip Hamilton and have a healthy Carlos Boozer to start the season. Rose is still the straw that stirs the drink in Chicago. When the Bulls need a big basket, he is the guy they will turn to.
What happened this summer?: Rose traveled the world on various promotional events for Adidas. He also spent a lot of time working in Santa Monica with his personal trainer Rob McClanaghan. Rose said he focused on his conditioning and his post moves throughout the lockout.
"If I won't believe in myself, who will?" he told ESPNChicago.com last week. "That's how I always think of it. I always try to challenge myself. The idea is great, but it's putting in the work. You have to really work hard if you want to win a title and I think we got all the pieces, starting with the front office, our owners, the coaching staff, down to the players. I think that we have a legit chance to win multiple championships."
Best-case scenario: With Hamilton in the fold, Rose becomes even more of a distributor. He doesn't have as much pressure to score all the time and his defense improves. He is able to take the next step in his progression as a superstar.
Worst-case scenario: Rose was incredibly durable last season. He only missed one game and played through all kinds of various injuries throughout the year. Obviously, if he goes down for any large amount of time, the chances of the Bulls winning a title this season go down with him.
Bottom line: The Bulls will go as far as Rose can take them. He is motivated to get them to the next step. Will he get the help he needs to win a title this season?
"This is where I'm from," Rose said recently. "I want to give my city something to brag about.
“I want to have that legacy where after I'm long gone, [people say] Derrick Rose was the guy that brought Chicago back to where it was when Mike [Jordan] and them was playing. I want to be that guy."