I didn't take in too much of all-star weekend. I missed everything but the all-star game, and to be quite honest, I could have missed that too without feeling too bad about it. Watching the all-star game made me sad for how good this game could be if either team really gave a crap about the outcome, but neither team did and neither Bull looked like they belonged.
Derrick Rose appeared to look upon the opening introductions with disdain, hanging out in the background while everyone else was preening and dancing. He looked like he'd rather have been anywhere but the all-star game as if he goes only because he has to. I'd bet that Rose would love to play a competitive all-star game, but this game of running up and down the court taking turns on giving up open threes and dunking? Not so much.
Steve Kerr commented on how Rose's back must still be bothering him, which is certainly a possibility, but looking at Rose's previous all-star games leaves open a possibility just as strong. Derrick Rose doesn't like or fit into dunk-a-thon exhibitions. I don't view this as a good or bad thing, just not Derrick's thing.
Luol Deng, meanwhile, barely played at all and couldn't have looked much more out of place when he did play. He hung around the perimeter rarely stepping inside the three point line and only hoisted up two long jumpers, both misses. There were times his teammates tried to get him involved in the dunk-a-thon, but Deng presumably wasn't used to the fact that everyone runs out of your way when you go up for a dunk.
I imagine Thibodeau spent most of the game thinking to himself "there's no place like home", "there's no place like home" wishing that he could wake up from this nightmare of bad defense. Of course there's no coaching at an all-star game, just a guy who has to manage the substitutions. He managed to contain screams of "ICE" and "STAY UP" for one night.
All three Chicago Bulls looked out of place on the court due to their personalities. Perhaps next year, Joakim can get the obligatory "the Bulls are too good to have just one all-star" spot and do it up big for Chicago. I have a feeling Jo could bring something special to the pre-game dance party introductions.
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