The idea, Rose says, is to lead a disciplined lifestyle so that he can stay healthy throughout the arduous NBA season.
"I just got a chef, so eating right, getting rest, not going too many
places. ... If I'm in the house, just laying around the house after
practice, not going out .... things like that," Rose told us Thursday
following the annual Bulls Luncheon at the Hilton.
"I just don't think that's a record that's
going to be touched," Kerr said in a conference call. "Those were very
unique circumstances with Michael Jordan coming back after his playoff
failure after his return from baseball. He was so motivated and it seems
like he won about 10 games on his own that year because he decided he
didn't want us to lose. He had such an incredible edge."
"I do think LeBron (James) will have an edge this year based on a lot of
the criticism that he's received. I think they are going to win a ton
of games; they are too talented not to. But there are so many variables
and so many things that can go wrong. We're seeing one already before
the season starts with (Heat guard) Mike Miller being out for at least a
couple of weeks. Dwyane Wade has missed most of camp with the hamstring
While there's not much to say about Rose hiring a personal chef except "awesome". It shows he's taking his job really seriously and doing everything he can to improve. The fact that he's looking to put so much focus into basketball is great news for Bulls fans.
As for Kerr's quotes, I agree with him. The circumstances surrounding Jordan's rise to 72 games were fairly unique. On the other hand, James, Wade, and Bosh, purely from a talent perspective, might be the three most talented guys to play together in my basketball watching lifetime. I think their top end talent was better than the Bulls.
However, Kareem, Magic, and Worthy had as much top line talent and couldn't win 72. It's simply not just about the top line talent. The NBA season is a grind, and it takes an incredible singular focus in order to chase down a record like this one. While I do think these guys have the talent, I don't think they have the singular focus and need to beat everyone they face every time.
This isn't a criticism per se, I think the Heat will win multiple titles, I think they'll be focused during the regular season, but I'm just not sure they can stay as focused to win 73 games. That's not even considering the fact that any injuries could easily derail such an effort.
Magilla Gorilla via RGM compiled a list of preseason PERs and TS%s along with traditional stats for all the Bulls players.
Unsurprisingly, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and Luol Deng are playing at a high level. Deng's sporting a 60% TS% largely due to his awesome shooting. While Noah/Rose don't have great TS%'s they've made up for it in PER by doing all kinds of different things on the floor while they're there.
Unsurprisingly, Taj Gibson's preseason stats look eyepoppingly bad on the whole. Taj simply doesn't look healthy so far. He hasn't been knocking down shots, getting boards, or playing particularly good defense. So far, he looks like early rookie season Taj rather than late rookie season Taj.
C.J. Watson also looks like a train wreck with the advanced stats sporting a terrible PER and extremely low TS% for someone who's been a volume shooting.
Thomas/Scalabrine have fairly similar statistical profiles in terms of numbers, but Scalabrine's been doing it more with passing/scoring while Thomas has been doing it more with rebounding. Both have been fairly bad though. It will be interesting to see which one wins out the battle for minutes in the rotation until Boozer is back.
Omer Asik is playing well, but he's fouling at an incredibly fast rate and won't stay on the floor for more than 15 minutes a night which means the Bulls are playing small or playing Scalabrine or Thomas. Right now, I think Scalabrine probably wins the battle. When he's on the floor, the ball moves well, and the Bulls run their sets better.
Rose called him a coach on the floor, and I have to admit, for a guy who's got no shred of NBA athleticism, he's heady enough to somehow still bring something to the floor when out there. I've been ultra-dismissive of him in preseason, but he's better than I thought. I do worry that his veteran tricks won't work against more disciplined / athletic rotation players who have continuity relative to the preseason scrubs who are trying to make a team, but so far I'd say the team looks better with him than Thomas on the whole.