It’s been over a decade since Derrick Rose won the MVP Award. The Bulls were the best team in the Eastern Conference with the best player in the league. The team made it to the Eastern Conference Finals only to lose to LeBron James and the Miami Heat. The following year was when Rose suffered his devastating knee injury and the Bulls were never the same.
Looking back at this season brings back memories of what could have been in Chicago. It was the first time since the Michael Jordan era that fans worldwide believed that the Bulls could be back to their glory days. Instead, the team came up short. Fast forward to today, the Bulls have yet to make it back to the Conference Finals. Only three of these players remain in the league from this team, while the rest are off doing different things.
Here is where the 2010-11 team is now.
Rasual Butler (Passed Away)
After Butler left the league, he spent some time in the BIG3 League and played for the Ball Hogs. During the season, he was traded to the Power, who had one of his best friends in Lamar Odom. There were times that Butler was seen on the show Khloe & Lamar.
Unfortunately, Butler was killed on January 31, 2018. His longtime girlfriend and singer Leah LaBelle were killed instantly in a high-speed car accident in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Butler lost control of his range rover on Ventura Boulevard and crashed into a strip mall parking lot. The autopsy showed that Butler had a blood alcohol content of 0.118.
Brian Scalabrine (Celtics Television Analyst)
Labeled “the white mamba,” Scalabrine was a fan favorite for a long time. When he was done playing basketball, he spent some time as a coach in the league. In 2013, he joined the staff of Mark Jackson and the Warriors. Scalabrine was later reassigned to the D-League affiliate due to a difference in opinion. Four years later, he was out of coaching and joined the Ball Hogs of the BIG3 league.
In 2020, Scalabrine was hired to contribute as an analyst for Celtics games. He has contributed to Celtics Pregame Live & Postgame Live, Celtics Post-Up, and other NBA Sports Boston content. He can be accessed through NBC Sports Boston broadcast and digital platforms.
John Lucas III (Coach)
When Lucas played for the Bulls, he went from the man at the end of the bench to a contributor. Lucas saw his role take on more action the following season. During this year, he made minimal appearances, but it did not stop him from being a fan favorite for his hard work. Lucas would eventually pursue a career in coaching after retiring from basketball.
In 2017, the Timberwolves announced the hiring of Lucas. Around that time, former Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was coaching for the team and he brought his former player back. He was named the Player Development Coach. Lucas would become a coach for the Lakers in 2021 as an assistant. When the Lakers fired their coaching staff and hired Darvin Ham, it was announced he was not brought back.
James Johnson (NBA Basketball Player)
The Bulls selected Johnson with the No. 16 overall pick in 2009. He lasted just 78 games with the team as he was traded during the 2010-11 season. He spent time with the Raptors, Kings, Grizzlies, and Hawks, and then returned to the Raptors for two seasons until 2016. After that, he spent four seasons with the Miami Heat and enjoyed his best season in 2016-17 when he averaged 12.8 points per game.
After being traded to the Timberwolves during the 2019-20 season, he played for the Mavericks and Pelicans in 2020-21. Last year, he played for the Nets and averaged 5.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in 19.2 minutes per game. Johnson is slated to play for the Nets this season.
Omer Asik (Retired)
Asik was one of the favorites from the “Bench Mob.” Asik averaged 2.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in his rookie season. He played in all 82 games and then spent one more season with the Bulls. His best season came when he averaged 10.1 points and 11.7 rebounds in 30.0 minutes per game during the 2012-13 season for the Rockets. That helped him eventually land a five-year, $60 million contract from the Pelicans in the 2015 offseason.
This would ultimately turn into one of the worst contracts in team history. After that, Asik averaged 4.0 points, 2.7 points, and 1.3 points in the following three seasons. Asik battled injuries and sickness during those years. He has not played since playing games for the Bulls during the 2017-18 season. Since then, Asik has been off the grid. There has been no reported news, so it appears he is enjoying retirement with a low-key lifestyle.
Kyle Korver (Hawks Executive)
Outside of Stephen Curry, Ray Allen, and Reggie Miller, there was another streaky three-point shooter in the league for many years. While Kyle Korver was not a Hall of Fame talent, Korver was a consistent three-point shooter that finished shooting 42.9% from outside for his career. Korver last played for the league for the Bucks during the 2019-20 season.
In August 2021, Korver entered front office life. Kover was hired by the Brooklyn Nets as a player development coach. He assumed that role for one season. This past summer, the Atlanta Hawks hired Korver as the team’s director of player affairs and development. Keep an eye out for Korver’s name for General Manager jobs down the line.
C. J. Watson (Youth Basketball Coach)
C. J. Watson is another player that has kept a low profile since leaving the league. Watson played for the bulls for two seasons. During the 2010-11 season, Watson played in all 82 games, averaged 4.9 points, and shot 39.3% from three-point range. After the Bulls, he played for the Nets, Pacers, and Magic before leaving the NBA in 2017.
Watson has been in the news recently for serving his community of Las Vegas with youth basketball camps. Watson has hosted 19 camps called “Hoops for Hope.” Watson said he grew up with dreams of playing in the league and wants to inspire youth that comes from low-income communities that they can follow their dreams too.
Ronnie Brewer (Arkansas Recruiting Coordinator)
Brewer played for the Jazz for four seasons and caught the eye of the Bulls in the 2010 offseason. Brewer spent two seasons with the Bulls and was a valued bench player. During the 2010-11 season, Brewer averaged 6.2 points and 3.2 rebounds. He played one more season for the Bulls before playing two more seasons with four teams in the Knicks, Thunder, Rockets, and then one game with the Bulls.
It’s been about ten years since Brewer left the league. After retiring in 2014, Brewer played briefly in The Basketball Tournament. He played for Team Arkansas in the 2018 edition and averaged 8.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in two games. Team Arkansas made the second round of the tourney. Since 2021, he has been the recruiting coordinator for the men’s basketball team under head coach Eric Musselman.
Taj Gibson (NBA Basketball Player)
Gibson was a late first-round pick by the Bulls in 2009. He enjoyed a career with the team that spanned to 2017. The 2010-11 season was Gibson’s second in the league and he was used off of the bench to help close out games defensively in place of Carlos Boozer. Gibson averaged 7.1 points and 5.7 rebounds that season. During the 2016-17 season, Gibson’s career with the Bulls ended when he was traded to the Thunder.
When Thibodeau was the coach of the Timberwolves, Gibson played for two years. He would eventually play for Thibodeau for a third team when he joined the New York Knicks. Gibson is set to play for the Knicks this year. Last year, he averaged 4.4 points and 4.4 rebounds in 18.2 minutes per game.
Kurt Thomas (Retired)
Thomas enjoyed a long career in the NBA from 1995 to 2012. Thomas broke into the league by playing for the Heat for two seasons. He then joined the Mavericks but played five games. Thomas joined the Knicks in 1998 and stayed with the team until 2005. He played for the Suns for two seasons and then joined the Spurs in 2007. He was traded to the thunder and then played for the Bucks.
He joined the Bulls for his only season in 2010-11. He averaged 3.0 points and 4.2 rebounds in 15.0 minutes of action. Since leaving the league, he has kept a pretty low profile. He was recently seen last year at the United Center when the Bulls inducted Joakim Noah into the Ring of Honor.
Keith Bogans (Basketball Coach)
From 2003 to 2014, Bogans was a journeyman in the league. He began his NBA career with the Magic and played 73 games. Then, he played for the Hornets for two seasons and then part of the 2005-06 season with the Rockets. He rejoined the Magic for two seasons. In 2008, he joined the Bucks when the Magic shipped him off.
Bogans played one season for the Spurs before he enjoyed a successful season with the Bulls in 2010-11. During this year, Bogans averaged 4.4 points and shot 38.0% from three-point range in all 82 games. Bogans finish his career with the Nets and Celtics. In 2017, Bogans was hired by the Westchester Knicks to be an assistant coach. When David Fizdale was fired in 2019, he was an assistant to interim head coach Mike Miller. Since 2020, he has not coached in the NBA though.
Carlos Boozer (College Graduate)
When the Bulls swung and missed on LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, the team grabbed Carlos Boozer in the 2010 off-season. It ended up being a solid pickup for the team as Boozer immediately won fans over by helping the team win games. In his first season, Boozer averaged 17.5 points and 9.6 rebounds. He played for the Bulls for four seasons before joining the Lakers in 2014-15.
Boozer has been living life to the fullest since leaving in 2015. He married his longtime girlfriend, Aneshka Smith, in 2017. As of recently, he has become a college graduate. He was three classes shy of finishing his degree at Duke. He graduated from Duke in 2020 with a degree in sociology, but due to COVID-19, he never walked. On May 8, 2022, he walked the stage during his graduation ceremony.
Luol Deng (Basketball Coach)
After being drafted in 2004 by the Bulls, Deng grew to become a lovable player. Deng played for the bulls from 2004 to 2013. He was traded to the Cavaliers during the 2013-14 season. Deng then played for the Heat for two seasons and then the Lakers for two years. He spent one season with the Timberwolves during the 2018-19 season before leaving the league for good. Deng enjoyed his best years with the Bulls, where he was an All-Defensive player.
Since leaving the league, Deng’s life has been quiet, but it was reported that he was coaching basketball in South Sudan. On November 24, 2020, he was named the coach of the South Sudan national basketball team for the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 qualifiers. It is a role that he has kept to this date.
Joakim Noah (Family Man)
Noah was a first-round pick by the Bulls in 2007. Noah was coming off winning back-to-back championships at Florida. After two years, Noah quickly became a starting center in the league, where he was a double-double machine. During the 2010-11 season, Noah averaged 11.7 points and 10.4 rebounds. He was known for being the emotional heart of the team. Fans loved his emotion and his defense.
Noah would become a Defensive Player of the Year for the Bulls in 2014. After the 2015-16 season, Noah signed a large contract with the Knicks but would play a combined 53 games. He played for the Grizzlies during the 2018-19 season before playing five games for the Clippers in 2020. Noah was inducted into the Bulls Ring of Honor last season. As of lately, he has been spotted traveling, and he married his longtime girlfriend Lais Ribeiro in her native country of Brazil in 2022.
Derrick Rose (NBA Basketball Player)
The ping-pong balls landed perfectly in 2008 when the Bulls were gifted with the No. 1 overall pick. The team was able to draft Chicago hometown hero Derrick Rose. After two successful seasons, Rose rose through the ranks and earned the MVP Award. At 22 years and 211 days old, he was the youngest MVP in NBA history. Rose averaged 25.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 7.7 assists, and 1.0 steals.
Rose was sensational during the 2011-12 season but suffered his infamous knee injury that derailed his career. He missed all of the 2012-13 season. Rose suffered another knee injury during the 2013-14 season. He played for the Bulls two more years before he left for the Knicks in 2016. He played for the Cavaliers, Timberwolves, and Pistons before rejoining Coach Thibodeau and the Knicks during the 2020-21 season. Rose is set to play another season for the Knicks this season, where he is one of the top offensive players off of the bench.