Particularly when that team spent the exhibition program taxing its rotation players than many — A preseason would ordinarily raise questions about a team’s fitness for name contention.
But the Chicago Bulls got what they wanted out of the month of October: Derrick Rose looked like himself. Sam Smith of Bulls.com said Rose”generally bordered involving magnificent and magnificent in his preseason development,” and the former MVP closed things out with a boom. In 56 minutes, he scored 57 points in Rose two tuneups. Over the whole preseason, he connected on 43 percent of the triples.
And don’t worry: He looked reckless and as fast as he did three years ago.
It’s probably reasonable to be worried about the recklessness.
At any rate, Chicago struggled to adjust to pieces in the rotation, which explains its underwhelming record. Tom Thibodeau remains experimenting with Gasol’s role alongside Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson. In addition, some defense was to be expected with Doug McDermott and rookies Nikola Mirotic getting acquainted with Thibs’ system.
Jimmy Butler’s thumb injury marred an otherwise healthful preseason, but when the most important setback merely renders a role player”day to day,” according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls will take it.
With Rose the Bulls are very, very scary.