Rajon Rondo has high expectations for the Chicago Bulls in the upcoming 2016-17 NBA season. Despite the doubts, the 30-year-old point guard remains optimistic that the Bulls ‘Three Alphas’ will be formidable and could be successful like the Celtics ‘Big Three’.
The Chicago Bulls have managed to rebuild their roster in the recent offseason. They made their first move in June when they traded Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday, and a 2017 second round pick to the New York Knicks for Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant, and Jose Calderon.
The Bulls immediately found Rose’s replacement in free agency, Rajon Rondo, who is a good ball handler and a pass-first point guard. Surprisingly, Dwyane Wade decided to leave the Miami Heat with the dream of playing for his hometown team. Wade and Rondo are expected to help Jimmy Butler in starting a new era in the Windy City.
Despite the improvements, some people doubt if Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo, and Jimmy Butler can fit together in one team. It is very noticeable that none of them could post a threat in the three-point range, making it hard for the Bulls to space the floor.
Also, it is still unclear if Butler will be the one leading the Bulls now that Wade is in. However, Rajon Rondo believed that the Bulls ‘Three Alphas’ will be formidable and can play effectively together.
“I was able to quarterback with so many future Hall of Famers. I learned how to keep guys happy,” Rondo says, referring to his days in Boston. “I had to laugh about it–myself, Jimmy and D-Wade ‘not getting along.’ I’ve seen it first-hand with the Big Three. Three guys with different backgrounds and they were able to come together.”
Rondo just entered his sophomore year in the NBA when Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce played together for the Boston Celtics and win an NBA championship title. Having a familiar situation in Chicago, Rondo and Wade can share their experiences in handling a ‘Big Three’.
With the start of the regular season, Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo, and Jimmy Butler will have the chance the prove their doubters wrong. The Chicago Bulls are set to face the Boston Celtics on October 27, 2016, Thursday, at the United Center.
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