Bulls should embrace new role

Chicago may not be title contender but is capable of exceeding expectations

Updated: April 19, 2013, 1:30 PM ET
By Scoop Jackson | ESPNChicago.com

Inside the Chicago Bulls' locker room after the final game of the regular season Wednesday, there seemed to be a sense of relief that coexisted with a sense of excitement, confidence and calm.

Rip Hamilton joked with Luol Deng. Taj Gibson checked his cellphone while speaking openly to the media about going up against his hometown team, the Brooklyn Nets, in the first round of the playoffs. Nate Robinson spit Jordan sneakerology to Malcolm Thomas. Marquis Teague ate chicken wings. Coach ...

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