2008-09

Record: 41-41
(Second Place)

Roster

Left to Right: (front row): John Salmons, Kirk Hinrich, Derrick Rose, Ben Gordon, Lindsey Hunter, Anthony Roberson. (middle row): Head Athletic Trainer Fred Tedeschi, Luol Deng, Brad Miller, Aaron Gray, Joakim Noah, Linton Johnson III, Tyrus Thomas, Assistant Athletic Trainer Jeff Tanaka. (back row): Equipment Manager John Ligmanowski, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Joshua Bonhotal, Assistant Coach/Player Development Dave Severns, Assistant Coach Pete Myers, Assistant Coach Del Harris, Head Coach Vinny Del Negro, Assistant Coach Bernie Bickerstaff, Assistant Coach Bob Ociepka, Assistant Coach Mike Wilhelm, Video Coordinator Adam Tatalovich, Strength and Conditioning Coach Erik Helland. Inset: Tim Thomas.

Team Leaders (avg)

20.7

Points


Ben Gordon

173

3pt FGs


Ben Gordon

7.6

Rebounds


Joakim Noah

6.3

Assists


Derrick Rose

1.15

Steals


Tyrus Thomas

1.91

Blocks


Tyrus Thomas

Regular season

Named Vinny Del Negro Head Coach (06/11/08) ... signed draft pick Derrick Rose (07/02/08) ... named Del Harris, Bernie Bickerstaff and Bob Ociepka assistant coaches (07/03/08) ... re-signed Luol Deng (07/31/08) ... re-signed Ben Gordon (10/01/08) ... signed Lindsey Hunter (11/13/08) ... acquired Brad Miller and John Salmons from Sacramento, in exchange for Andrés Nocioni, Drew Gooden, Cedric Simmons and Michael Ruffin (02/18/09) ... received Tim Thomas, Jerome James and Anthony Roberson from the New York Knicks for Larry Hughes (02/19/09) ... traded Thabo Sefolosha to Oklahoma City, in exchange for a 2009 first-round draft pick (02/19/09) ... Bulls legends Norm Van Lier and Johnny “Red” Kerr passed away on the same day (02/26/09) ... the team’s 41-41 record earned Chicago the sev- enth seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.

Draft


First round, Derrick Rose (Memphis); Second round, Sonny Weems (Arkansas). In a three-team deal, the Bulls then traded the rights to Weems to Denver, along with Denver’s 2009 regular second- round pick, the New York Knicks’ 2009 regular second-round pick (acquired from New York in a trade on 10/04/05), and Chicago’s 2010 regular second-round draft pick to Portland, for No. 36 pick Omer Asik (Turkey).

Playoffs


Qualified for the first time since 2007, and the fourth time in five seasons ... eliminated in the first round by the Boston Celtics (4-3).

Honors


Derrick Rose earned Eastern Conference T-Mobile Rookie of the Month honors for the months of November, December and March, and became the first Bull since Ben Gordon in 2004-05 to claim the accolade three times in a single season ... Johnny “Red” Kerr received the 2009 John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame ... Derrick Rose won the PlayStation Skills Challenge at All-Star Weekend in Phoenix ... Rose joined Michael Jordan and Elton Brand (co-ROY) as the third Bulls player to win the Rookie of the Year Award when he was named the 2008-09 T-Mobile NBA Rookie of the Year winner ... Rose was also a unanimous selection to the 2008-09 T-Mobile NBA All-Rookie First Team ... the Bulls ranked second in the NBA in attendance with an average of 21,187 fans per game, and sold out 21 regular season games.

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