May 25th, 2011
Saat ini sudah memasuki Final Wilayah. Di Final Wilayah Timur, ada pertandingan antara Miami Heat vs Chicago Bulls. Bulls memang sedang ketinggalan satu angka atas Miami; 1-2. Tapi langkah Bulls hingga bisa ke Final Wilayah Timur NBA 2011 adalah langkah yang patut diacungi jempol. Sehingga Final Wilayah Timur kali ini pun banyak ditunggu pecinta basket. Miami dan Bulls adalah tim NBA sarat prestasi masa lalu. Bulls dengan MJ-nya dan Miami dengan Alonzo Mourning-nya. Memang menurut saya Miami Heat lebih banyak cemerlang beberapa tahun terakhir ini. Tapi jangan salah barangkali saat inilah bisa menjadi era kebangkitan Bulls yang mana banyak diisi anak-anak muda di sana. Bahkan Rose meraih MVP tahun ini.
Kehebatan Bulls tak lepas dari pelatih legendaris Phil Jackson jaman dulu. Serta era kejayaan Bulls bersama Jordan di tahun 80 dan 90-an. Dan saat ini, ada Trio Bulls yang banyak didengung-dengungkan pecinta basket akan jadi The Next Trio dari Jordan-Pippen-Rodman. Siapa Trio itu? Mereka adalah Derrick Rose, Boozer dan Noah. Semuanya masih muda-muda. Berikut sedikit profil dan gambar mereka, yang mana gambarnya saya minjem dari Wikipedia karena tidak mungkin kan saya ambil foto gambar mereka langsung . Kan belum pernah ke Amrik langsung!
Derrick Martell Rose (born October 4, 1988) is an American professional basketballplayer for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Born in Chicago, Rose learned the game of basketball from his three older brothers. In high school, he won two state championships and was rated by scouts as the top point guard prospect in the country after graduation.He played for the University of Memphis Tigers and reached the NCAA national championship game in 2008. Shortly after, Rose declared for the 2008 NBA Draft and was selected first overall by the Chicago Bulls. In his first year of professional basketball, Rose was voted the Rookie of the Year and was selected to the All-Rookie Team.In his second season, Rose was selected as an NBA All-Star for the 2010 NBA All-Star Game; he was also named a starter for the U.S. Team at the 2010 FIBA World Championships.Since being drafted, Rose has led the Bulls to the NBA Playoffs every year. In 2011, he received the NBA Most Valuable Player Award, becoming the youngest player ever to win this award. He joinedMichael Jordan as the only Chicago Bulls players to win the honor.
Carlos Austin Boozer, Jr. (born November 20, 1981) is an American professionalbasketball player with the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association. As a member of the Team USA, Boozer won an Olympic bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics and an Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Joakim Simon Noah (born February 25, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of Florida from 2004 to 2007, and was a key member of the Florida Gators’ starting five that won two consecutive NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournaments in 2006 and 2007. In 2007, the Chicago Bulls selected Noah in the first round (ninth pick overall) in the 2007 NBA Draft.