Nobody's tougher than Thibs' Bulls

No Rose, no Deng, no backing down for the NBA's most relentless team

Updated: January 31, 2014, 9:38 PM ET
By Scoop Jackson | ESPNChicago.com

There was a moment in the final preseason game when the Bulls let it be known who they really were and who they were going to continue be regardless of the Derrick Rose-less, Luol Deng-less fate that awaited them.

If anyone was paying attention, you'd have seen then their team DNA.

Down 19 with about two minutes left in the first half of Game 8 against the Denver Nuggets, the Bulls -- with Joakim Noah and Kirk Hinrich out -- refused to "no mas." There is no "us" in quit.

They ...

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