Sports fans love showing off their team logos. Whether it's buying hats, T-shirts or even Green Bay Packer cheese heads, fans can't get enough sports gear to proclaim their “fanhood.”
With the Chicago Bulls starting their season on Christmas Day after the lockout, there’s no better time to add some new apparel to your sports wardrobe. Even with a shortened season, the Bulls are hoping to avenge last year’s loss to the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Still, the most difficult question in sports still needs to be answered: Which player’s jersey should you buy? And the bigger the fan you are, the harder it is to choose. Do you go with the obvious superstar? What about a team’s most recent draft pick? Should you just choose the steady veteran?
While it's not a life-or-death situation, jerseys aren't exactly cheap in preparing for the Bulls’ regular season. Before spending lots of money on something you'll only wear occasionally, go through Patch’s guide on Chicago basketball jerseys and see which of the five players fits you for the upcoming season.
5. Taj Gibson #22 – While Gibson is neither an all-star nor a starter, the third-year player out of USC will continue to be an integral part of the Bulls’ front line. Gibson started in place of Carlos Boozer at the start of last season and continued to put up solid numbers when moved to a bench role. If you’re not a believer that Carlos Boozer is the answer, Gibson would be the next in line.
4. Carlos Boozer #5 – Boozer’s 2010-2011 season left a lot to be desired. The former Utah Jazz all-star broke his hand in the preseason and never looked entirely comfortable on either end of the floor. Boozer comes into this season in better shape and more familiarity with coach Tom Thibodeau’s system. He’s a prime candidate for a bounce-back offensive season if he can stay healthy and play better on the defensive end.
3. Luol Deng #9 – Deng was the Bulls’ iron man last year, averaging more than 39 minutes per game. The veteran small forward put up another solid season as the Bulls’ number-two scorer. Deng also drew the tough task of guarding the likes of LeBron James, Danny Granger and many of the other talented wing players in the NBA. Deng has been in a Bulls uniform for seven seasons so fans know what they’re getting out of him. His jersey is a solid choice.
2. Joakim Noah #13 – After Boozer, Noah is the Bulls’ ultimate wildcard. A fan favorite because of his high energy and reckless style, Noah has become a force on the defensive end of the court. But his offensive game is still not quite up to par. The 6-foot-11 center averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds for the second straight season, but he’s got to find a way to stay healthy. If he can stay on the floor for all 66 games, Noah could make the leap to an elite NBA center.
1. Derrick Rose #1 – Rose is not only the face of the Chicago Bulls, but probably the biggest sports icon for all of Chicago sports. The home-grown kid from Simeon High School made huge strides last year and it resulted in Rose becoming the youngest player to ever win the MVP award. For the first time in a while, people are talking more about the Chicago Bulls’ future than its past and a lot of that has to do with the point guard wearing No. 1.