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THE THREE sweetest words uttered in the Second City in the offseason: Rose is back. And so is Joakim Noah, whom plantar fasciitis limited to his lowest WS/48 minutes (.145) since '07-08, and Luol Deng, who missed most of the playoffs after a difficult spinal tap. New signee Mike Dunleavy Jr. -- 43 percent on 3s in '12-13 -- will park in the corner and wait for Rose to dish. With defensive wiz Tom Thibodeau at the helm, Chicago is back in the title chase.
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