Bulls Beat #236 - Rose tears his ACL

Bulls Beat #236 - Rose tears his ACL

Derrick Rose tore his ACL in the first game of the playoffs, and I discuss how the Bulls need to pick themselves back up and make a run this season.

Bulls Beat #236 - Rose tears his ACL


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  • The Bulls can still win the Championship but only with present winning coaching and the current winning attitude! Thibs is a great coach, but not an athlete or one who thinks like a player--if he can overcome his desire to win games and push key players beyond their current limitations he could rise significantly to the next coaching level. He must know player limitations--meaning not to ware out Deng and other players by overusing them and push Butler who has unknown offensive potential--the Bulls can win.
    Thibs and Vinnie Del Negro did not know when not to overuse players. Using Deng and Butler effectively may be the key to a Bulls Championship--playing them effectively as a point forward and a defensive specialist may be quite effectively. Deng is already hurt, but to still play him 40 minutes a game is just riduculous--Butler can play superior defense and he can also defend against other teams best offensive players. He has an offensive game that has not been encouraged and he could be productive as a difference maker.
    If the Bulls focus on defense and ball distribution starting with Noah, Deng, Boozer, Hamilton, and Watson and just relieve them with Asik, Butler, Brewer, Korver, and James--and not Lucas who does not focus on defense and passing the ball--they can will on team play and defense.

  • In reply to penwit1:

    penwit1, you're headed in the right direction. With all the bawling about the loss of Derrick Rose to this year's playoffs, the only thing that really matters now is if the Chicago Bulls can still win the NBA Championship?

    I say yes! The good thing is that the team has played together all season and know each other and the system put together by Thibs. This is no alien situation, they have dealt with it all season long and have put together the best record in the NBA. Rose being out has not prevented the Bulls from dominating teams.
    We are dealing now with a situation where we will be playing teams we have had no problems disassembling before, with or without Rose.

    Noah is a big key as we move forward. The good thing is that he's playing at the top of his game. Boozer we all know is a flawed player but he's playing the best we could have expected of him, given his limitations.
    Deng can be depended on to deliver as he's been doing all season with those monstrous minutes.
    Rip Hamilton is back to the old Rip as we have seen in his recent appearances.
    C.J. Watson can be a loose canon and the coach has to keep a tight rein on him and drum into his thick skull the fact that he should accept his role as a distributor and not a shooting guard looking for his own shot.
    We all know what the bench brings!

    This is a test for Thibs. He has a chance to go down in Bulls history as a real exceptional coach capable of defying the odds. They're all saying it's over because Rose is no longer in the lineup. I say that's foolish. This Bulls team is well armed and set for some greatness. As usual, the stinking suspects like Michael Wilbon have put this team in a coffin, dug its grave and lowered it into the hole. Nothing would please me more than to see them eat their words.
    It's simple, start off by winning the next three games against Philadelphia, don't allow them to even breathe. The only real challenge will be Miami, and we've beaten them, even without Rose and we can do it again. I'll take my chances against anything that comes out of the West!

  • Doug, obviously it’s a shame what happened to Rose, but for people who cry or throw up over this stuff, they need to get a life. Of course, we all care, which is why we're on this blog. But let's remember, it’s just basketball. Why do these NBA gurus insist on making fools of themselves? Did you hear what Magic Johnson said? He gave the Bulls zero chance of beating the Celtics. Not being a fan of either team, I still give the Bulls a better than 50-50 chance of beating the Celtics, even without Rose.

  • In reply to RichG:

    I give the Bulls about a 50/50 against Boston or Atlanta, and about a 5% chance against the Heat.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    I would say those odds are about right. With or without Rose, Bulls would have a big rebounding edge over the Celtics. However, without Rose, Rondo won't have to work as hard on defense. Thus, Bulls may have a more difficult time then in the past, containing Rondo when he's got the ball.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    That 5% being both Lebron and Wade going down with injuries?

  • In reply to RichG:

    While I didn't cry, I did feel a sickness in my stomach. There's no rational reason for that, but perhaps it's empathy. There's also the sick feeling that you may never see his greatness again, not the way it was. That's what worries me the most. It's selfish, but I'll leave you with two quotes:

    For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, 'It might have been'.” - John Greenleaf Whittier

    Bill Simmons:

    "This is a weird comment that can't be backed up but I'm making it anyway: I don't think any NBA fan base loves a player more than Bulls fans love Derrick Rose. If you went into a Chicago sports bar and started trashing Rose during a Bulls game, you'd get beaten up and left for dead in an alley."

  • 1) Emotion can be a big X-factor in sports. I recall a Bulls game in their championship years. The opponents only suited 7 players, missing starters, yet they bet MJ and company handily.
    2) However, emotion for one game is easier than over a series!
    3) Still, the potential is there. Everyone needs a high mental focus, including the coaches. Work hard, guys! Concentrate!

  • Im so sad for Derrick Rose, but mark your calenders, he will be back November 1st. KC Johnson reported that in 2 to 4 weeks DRose will go through the surgery process, and rehab takes about 6 to 9 months. DRose is one of the hardest working man in the NBA, and he is too strong willed not to attack his rehab with great focus. He will do it in 6 months. Sorry Doug, I am not buying this March/April of next year thing. Derrick has age, a great work ethic and a support system (ie family) on his side. I do wonder if the Bulls will now get him another star to aleve him of the pressure of always being the "man". Did anyone read the tweet from the Nike shoe designer, who designs Lebron's shoes, that mocked DRose's injury? Truely disgusting.

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