Bulls Go Easy with Derrick Rose....For NowAdded - Dec. 4, 2014 - Comments
The Chicago Bulls are in a somewhat precarious position with regard to one of their superstar players. Derrick Rose, a former Most Valuable Player, has been grounded with injuries for the last couple of seasons, and Chicago fans were extremely optimistic about him coming back this year, being healthy, and helping the Bulls make a run at the top of the Eastern Conference, where the Miami Heat have lost Lebron James, who will in turn have a period of adjustment with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Indiana Pacers, who were so formidable at this point last season but seem to be in a complete transition.
Rose is only 26 years old, but people really wonder about his future. They know what kind of impact he can make in a game, but at the same time they know that they can put him into the category of being "brittle," with some of this season's problems indicative of that. Rose won his MVP four years ago, but has been through two-year odyssey where the only played ten games. Everybody had their eyes on him during the pre-season, but in the early stages he had another mishap.
Well, sort of. Rose did indeed tweak his knee, and there was much concern, as the Bulls have decided to be very careful with them. In the team's first 17 games, Rose participated in only nine of them. He admits that it is going to take him some time to get into the swing of things, but there is absolutely no question that when he is on the floor he is the man in control.
There has been some criticism of Rose, who has made some comments along the way that gave some folks the impression that he was himself being a little too cautious at the expense of his team. But what might need to be examined is the way that this team performs when they are without him. Remember that when Rose is in the game, he is the absolute center of the offense, and there is an argument to be made that a point guard can't really be in "shoot-first" mode. When opponents have to defend a Chicago team with Rose at the point, it might be a slightly less problematic assignment that it would be if the ball was being distributed more evenly. As Rose has slowed down, Jimmy Butler has taken advantage of having a greater role and has become one of the leading scorers in the NBA. With Pau Gasol also involved now, it makes sense to get the ball around.
When playoff time comes for this team (and in the weak Eastern Conference we have no doubt they will get there), what will happen if Rose, who will undoubtedly be rested an awful lot (he recently played in games on back-to-back nights for just the second time) has an adverse effect on any chemistry this team may have developed without him? That's an interesting question for NBA bettors to ponder.