Left to Right: (front row): Jannero Pargo, Ronnie Brewer, C.J. Watson, Derrick Rose, Keith Bogans, John Lucas III, Kyle Korver. (middle row): Luol Deng, Taj Gibson, Kurt Thomas, Omer Asik, Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer, Brian Scalabrine, Rasual Butler. (back row): Equipment Manager John Ligmanowski, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Joshua Bonhotal, Strength and Conditioning Coach Erik Helland, Assistant Coach Adrian Griffin, Assistant Coach Andy Greer, Assistant Coach Ron Adams, Head Coach Tom Thibodeau, Assistant Coach Rick Brunson, Assistant Coach Ed Pinkney, Video Coordinator Jim Sann, Assistant Athletic Trainer Jeff Tanaka, Head Athletic Trainer Fred Tedeschi.
First round, Kevin Seraphin (France). Traded Kirk Hinrich, the draft rights to Seraphin and cash consid- erations to Washington, in exchange for the draft rights to Vladimir Veremeenko (Belarus).
Qualified for the sixth time in seven seasons ...advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 1998, where Chicago lost to the Miami Heat (1-4) ... defeated the Indiana Pacers in the first round (4-1) ... eliminated the Atlanta Hawks (4-2) in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Derrick Rose became the youngest MVP in NBA history (22 years-191 days), as he became just the sec- ond Bull in team history (Michael Jordan, five times) to be named league MVP ... Rose also earned All-NBA First Team honors ... Joakim Noah was selected to the NBA’s All-Defensive Second Team ... in February, Rose was voted in by NBA fans as a starter for the NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles; Rose recorded 11 points, five assists and three rebounds in 29:57 of All-Star Game action ...Taj Gibson was selected to play in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge at All-Star Weekend ... Tom Thibodeau was named the NBA Coach of the Year ... General Manager Gar Forman, along with Miami’s Pat Riley, was a co-recipient for NBA Executive of the Year ... Thibodeau was named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month in January and March ... Rose claimed Eastern Conference Player of the Month honors in March.