A 4-4 preseason would raise questions about the fitness of a team for name contention when that team spent the exhibition schedule taxing its turning players than most.
But the Chicago Bulls got what they wanted out of October’s month . Sam Smith of Bulls.com said Rose”generally bordered involving fabulous and spectacular in his preseason development,” and the prior MVP closed things out with a boom. In 56 minutes, he scored 57 points in the closing two tuneups of Rose. Over the entire preseason, he connected on 43 percent of the triples.
And do not worry: He seemed reckless and as quickly as he did three decades back.
In fact, it’s probably fair to be worried about the recklessness.
At any speed, Chicago struggled to adapt to new pieces in the rotation, which largely explains its record that was underwhelming. Tom Thibodeau is experimenting with the role of Gasol alongside Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson. Additionally, some shaky defense was to be expected with rookies Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott getting acquainted with Thibs’ system.
Jimmy Butler’s thumb injury marred an otherwise healthy preseason, but when the most significant setback merely renders a role player”daily,” based on K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls will take it.
With Rose the Bulls are very, very frightening.
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