CHICAGO -- No matter how this season plays out, this much is clear about the Chicago Bulls: Theyre worth watching.They jettisoned one hometown superstar and welcomed another when they traded former MVP Derrick Rose and signed three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade.They also handed the keys to an All-Star guard in Jimmy Butler who called out his coach last season. And on top of that, they added mercurial point guard Rajon Rondo to the mix.Coming off a flat season that ended with them missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008, the Bulls at least spiced things up in the offseason. Now, its time to see if interesting also means better.I love the vibe of this group, Hoiberg said. I love the competitiveness of this group.The Bulls clearly had to do something after a year that began with high expectations ended with a 42-40 record, a fractured locker room and all sorts of questions about team leadership.Gone is Chicago native Rose -- derailed by injuries after leading the Bulls to heights they hadnt reached since the Michael Jordan Era -- after being dealt to New York for center Robin Lopez and guard Jerian Grant. So is Joakim Noah, who signed with Knicks not long after the big trade. Pau Gasol went to San Antonio as a free agent.Wade shocked Miami when he chose to come home to Chicago and accept a two-year deal worth about $47 million.Here are some things to look for this season from the Bulls, who open at home against Boston on Oct. 27:EYE ON THE BENCHThe Bulls thought Hoibergs fast-paced tempo and soft-spoken style were just what the team needed when he was hired. They just didnt think the learning curve would be as steep as it was. Hoiberg got called out by Butler last season for not coaching the team hard enough. The system and the roster did not mesh.So does Year 2 bring a better Hoiberg?Executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said he expects it. So does Hoiberg, who came to the Bulls after a successful five-year run at Iowa State.But is this the right roster for him? After all, Wade and Rondo are both in their 30s. And if the Bulls struggle, who takes the fall?THE WADE EFFECTWho knows what might have happened had Wade signed with the Bulls six years ago rather than form a superstar triumvirate with LeBron James and Chris Bosh in Miami? But hes here now, coming off a strong season and being counted on at age 34 to set the tone for the Bulls younger players. The 12-time All-Star has been doing just that, speaking up in practice and meetings.FOLLOW THE LEADERIts been a steep climb for Butler from low first-round draft pick to bench warmer to two-time All-Star with an Olympic gold medal. But his success hasnt translated to team success. Butlers first All-Star season ended with Tom Thibodeaus firing. Last year, the Bulls dropped into the lottery. And while Wade and Rondo have said the Bulls are Butlers team, its not clear exactly how far he can lead them.I can learn from (Wade and Rondo), the winning culture theyve built, Butler said. Im excited because theres so much growth I can handle in that aspect of the game. You look at what Wade has done for his career, a future Hall of Famer. I think that I can model the way I do things around him.ON POINTWhile the Bulls added scoring punch and the reigning assists-per-game leader in Wade and Rondo, they still lack a starting guard who can consistently hit from long range. That was a problem last season with Rose and Butler, who moves to small forward.Spacing could be a problem when Rondo, Wade and Butler are on the court together, though the Bulls do have solid shooters in Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott. Gasols departure also creates a scoring hole in the paint.RONDOS REVIVALRondo is coming off a resurgent season with Sacramento that saw him average 11.9 points and a league-leading 11.7 assists. It was the fourth time he averaged a double-double in a season and the first for him since the 2012-13 season. The four-time All-Star has clashed with coaches, most notably Dallas Rick Carlisle, and his relationship with Hoiberg could be one to watch. Mint Hydro Flask 32 Oz . Speaking to the Chicago Tribune at baseballs Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Boras called the former home of the Expos a "tremendous environment" for baseball. Ombre Hydro Flask Sale . Colin Wilson had two goals and an assist, and Mike Fisher scored a goal and helped set up two others in the Predators 6-4 victory over the Red Wings on Monday night. http://www.cheaphydroflaskstore.com/pink-hydro-flask.html . 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LOS ANGELES -- Ross Stripling wasnt blowing away the Arizona hitters, so when his velocity dipped the rookie gave way to the bullpen.The Dodgers relief corps combined with Stripling on a four-hitter and he helped himself with a go-ahead single in the second inning, leading Los Angeles to a 5-2 victory Tuesday night, the teams fourth straight.I heard my velocity was down. Maybe just one of those days, Stripling said. Maybe a weird day. I was happy to get through five. Im approaching an innings limit.Stripling and fellow rookie Julio Urias are on unspecified innings limits.The NL West leaders remained a season-high four games ahead of San Francisco, which beat Colorado 3-2.Were playing great baseball, right fielder Josh Reddick said. If we keep doing that the rest of the year we wont have to worry about them.Stripling (4-6) allowed two runs and three hits in five innings. The right-hander struck out five and walked none.I didnt want him pushing it, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. I saw his velocity dip down in the fourth. It was more the crispness of the pitches.Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth to earn his 42nd save in 48 chances in his 400th career appearance. He is two from tying his career high saves set two years ago.The Dodgers produced most of their runs on singles a night after hitting five home runs off former teammate Zack Greinke in a 10-2 victory in the series opener. They had 11 hits.This month and month and a half for them has been pretty amazing how they have been swinging the bat, Arizona starter Shelby Miller said. They were pretty aggressive out of the first inning.Miller (2-11) extended his losing streak to five games after giving up five runs and a career-high-tying 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings, his shortest start since May 1 against Colorado. The right-hander struck out two and walked none in his second start since returning from the minors on Aug. 31. He has lost 11 of 13 decisions since being acquired in a five-player trade from Atlanta last offseason.Im struggling with the loss a little bit, Miller said, just kind of tired of losing.Striplings first career RBI single down the first-base line with two outs in the second gave Los Angeles the lead for good at 2-1. Justiin Turner tied the game with a RBI single in the bottom of the first.ddddddddddddtripling, who attended Texas A&M, has known Miller for a while. Miller committed to the Aggies to play baseball, but instead signed with St. Louis after being drafted in 2009.Thats pretty funny, Stripling said. I squeaked it right by that bag. Im certainly no expert with the bat. I didnt hit in college or even high school, so were learning on the run.The Dodgers produced three runs on five hits in the third. Yasmani Grandals RBI groundout made it 3-1 before Reddick and Andrew Toles came up with RBI singles with two outs for a 5-1 lead.A.J. Pollocks two-out homer in the first and Jake Lambs sacrifice fly in the fourth accounted for Arizonas runs. The D-backs have lost four of six.SERIES WINThe Dodgers extended their home unbeaten streak against the D-backs to 10 straight series (9-0-1). They last lost to Arizona in Los Angeles from June 10-12, 2013. The Dodgers are 23-7 at home against the D-backs in that span.TRAINERS ROOMD-backs: Recalled LHP Steve Hathaway, RHP Dominic Leone, RHP Matt Koch, OF Mitch Haniger and INF-OF Peter OBrien from Triple-A Reno. Also reinstated LHP Andrew Chafin (left shoulder tendinitis) and C Chris Herrmann (strained right hamstring) from the DL, and added Reno manager Phil Nevin and special assistant Orlando Hudson to the coaching staff .Dodgers: RHP Pedro Baez was recalled from Double-A Tulsa, where he didnt appear in a game after being optioned. He is 3-2 with a 3.61 ERA in 62 appearances with the big league club, having last pitched for the Dodgers on Aug. 29 at Colorado.UP NEXTD-backs: LHP Robbie Ray (7-12, 4.36 ERA) is averaging 11.03 strikeouts per nine innings, fourth-best in the NL. He didnt factor in the decision in his last outing on Sept. 2 at Colorado, allowing six runs -- five earned -- and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.Dodgers: RHP Brock Stewart (0-2, 7.94) last pitched for the Dodgers on Aug. 28 against the Cubs, allowing two hits in five scoreless innings while not factoring in the 1-0 victory. He struck out a career-high eight and walked two. ' ' '