It’s been a hard 2 seasons for Derek Rose, and those injuries have made them even worse. He was out of the pitch most of the time, and frustration has struck.
He had missed the last four games with ankle injuries, but he was back on the game against Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City with 18 points in a tight win of 97-95. The superstar Derrick Rose brought positive energy in the team and now the Chicago Bulls hope that he will be able to stick more than he has for the last two seasons.
In an interview before the game, in the so called shootarounds, Derrick could be seen few times holding his muscle, but it was nothing serious. He also tried the shootings and the result was not so good from his field throws on the shootaround. His coach and the media noticed it, and ran straight to Thibodeau to ask him how Derrick feels, and what he has to say about him. The media added a question whether Derrick is ready to play since he holds his muscle and misses points. The Chicago Bulls coach answered that he has to go out and play, and that’s the final decision. He is not so comfortable with the ball, he may miss few more shots than people expect, but he needs few games to get to the level that he has been in his glorious days, and he has to start from somewhere. The bottom line is that he is going to play regularly from now on. He has got to do it.
Derrick Rose who early in the season said that his health is much more important than this season got backed up by his teammates saying that anyone who came back after a hard injury would say such thing. Rose already missed eight games this season, four at the start of it due to sprained ankle. He understands that his coach is frustrated over him, but cannot do much to change that, he cannot control injuries. As far as the thing he can control matter, he is being positive all the time, consistent in his emotions, and now that the injuries are behind Rose, he said that they are preparing for Denver. It has been the third time this season that the starting five of Chicago Bulls actually start a match, and that is Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah, Mike Dunleavy and Jummy Butler. The results can be seen in the next Bulls games.
The coach Thibodeau commented that he would like to see Derrick Rose and the newcomer this season, the L.A. Star Pau Gasol play back to back against the Denver Nuggets.