Carmelo Anthony's first trip to the United Center since the Bulls wined and dined him when he was a free agent in July recalled the 2010-11 season.
That's when the Bulls, after aggressively pursuing eventual Heat-bound LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, instead signed Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer and C.J. Watson and rode that depth to the NBA's best record and an Eastern Conference finals berth.
Despite myriad bumps and bruises and illnesses, the Bulls currently sit fourth in the Eastern Conference after Thursday's 103-97 victory over the Anthony-less Knicks. And a big reason why is the play of Jimmy Butler and Pau Gasol.
Butler sank his first five...