Despite some rust, careless turnovers, and some struggles at the free throw line in the first 2 exhibition games, Bulls’ Point Guard, Derrick Rose is showing the same speed and explosiveness that made him one of the top players in the league before he tore his ACL. The injury happened in the first round of the playoffs against the Philadelphia 76'ers nearly two years ago and sidelined him for 18 months.
The Bulls are limiting his minutes so far and plan to do so once the season starts. However, he says his knee feels fine and has no soreness in it. The limited minutes may not last the whole season though nobody knows.
The new players, and even the veterans, that have played with him before are going to have to adjust to Rose’s game for the Bulls to be successful. “Derrick is a special player”, said Center Joakim Noah. “He plays at a pace that nobody can relate to that speed, that quickness, so it’s on us to adjust.“
Rose has gained 10 pounds of muscle since he has been out. He has worked on improving his defense and his outside shooting. He says though the only thing that has really changed is his confidence. Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant worked out with Rose over the summer and had this to say, “He is going to make them even better this year. “ The rest of the league should be on the lookout because the old Rose is back and is out to prove something.