Bulls a star shy of being title contender

With money to spend and a young star, Bulls proved vs. Cavs they are close

Updated: April 28, 2010, 12:23 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

Surely there will be those who credit soon-to-be former Chicago Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro for the gutty run of his team, which pushed the Cleveland Cavaliers as far as you could push a club in a 4-1 series that the Cavs clinched Tuesday night with their 96-94 victory.

We all know the plotline by now. A team ravaged by injury, weakened by free agency and trade, and touched by controversy, with their beleaguered coach's fate hanging by a thread, defied the odds to even make the playoffs. ...

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