David Thorpe prefers Stephen Curry to Rose:
Are you still standing by your statement that you'd rather have Steph Curry over Derrick Rose? Or would you like to apoligize for making such a ridiculous statement?
David Thorpe (12:42 PM)
I'd still choose Curry, call me whatever you want. But I'd rather have Rose with the game on the line in an iso.
By the end of this season DRose is going to be the best point guard in the league.
Rose said. "The people we lost, I'm sad we lost them because they helped us. But the organization saw something in these players. They're going to help us. They don't have any attitude problems. They just want to ball."
I know there is some concern about Derrick Rose and how his numbers are down, but it’s way too early to worry about him. We all knew coming into the season that he was dealing with a bum ankle. It’s just a matter of when it is going to get better for him. No one knows how much pain or discomfort, if any, he’s experiencing right now. It takes time to get through some injuries and you have to remember he missed almost the entire preseason. Derrick is determined to play through it and he’s going to have some up and down games. In this game and in this league, there is not a whole lot of time for recovery. But I don’t think he’s playing bad basketball. He’s doing what he has to do to get through this rough start and he puts his team first. Meanwhile, they’ve still managed to win some games despite Derrick not being at his best. He probably could be a little more assertive on the offensive end and Derrick knows that. He’ll get there. He’s also getting better defensively. He’s a big, strong kid who isn’t afraid to go inside and mix it up and come away with some rebounds. That’s his game and those things will come in time as he builds up his confidence in terms of his ankle.
"I just think you have to put some players around him or he's going to sort of fade away.
"As good as he is, you can beat a dead horse only so much. If he's not motivated here by winning as his career continues, then he's going to start looking at guys like Ben Gordon who made a move [to Detroit].
"Playing this game is a lot of fun. But the meat-and-potatoes of this league is winning. If you're not on a team that's winning, it takes a lot out of you as a player."
"It's frustrating, but we try hard to win games," Rose said. "The Toronto game [Friday] we didn't try that hard, but this game we went out there and played."
Injuries have affected the Bulls' ability to establish much offensive or defensive chemistry. But even with a shortened rotation lately of nine players, confusion reigns.
"Obviously, the in-game situations have been the problem," Del Negro said. "The execution just is not there."