A 4-4 preseason would normally raise questions regarding the fitness of a team for name contention when that team spent the exhibition program taxing its rotation players heavily than most.
But the Chicago Bulls got exactly what they wanted from October’s month : Derrick Rose appeared like himself. Sam Smith of Bulls.com said Rose”generally bordered between magnificent and magnificent in his preseason development,” along with the former MVP closed things out with a boom. He scored 57 points in 56 minutes. Over the whole preseason, he connected on 43 percent of his triples.
And do not worry: He seemed quickly and reckless as he did three years back.
In fact, it’s probably fair to be worried about the recklessness.
At any speed, Chicago struggled to adjust to pieces in the spinning, which explains its record. Tom Thibodeau remains currently experimenting with the role of Gasol alongside Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson. In addition, some shaky defense was to be expected with Doug McDermott and rookies Nikola Mirotic just getting familiar with Thibs’ system.
Jimmy Butler’s thumb injury marred an otherwise healthy preseason, but if the most important setback merely leaves 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 scary.