Bulls fans flocked to the United Center or stayed home Saturday night to watch Derrick Rose play in an exhibition game against Brazil for Team USA. There will never bee enough assurance that he's really okay until he's racking up 20 points a game on good efficiency against other NBA teams, but fans continue search through every tidbit that they can that this season won't end up like the last three.
The performance? Much like what we saw in the scrimmage except against a defense that cared a bit more.
Rose had an athletic block on Leandro Barbosa as well as another really strong contest on a layup attempt that I couldn't believe Barbosa avoided the block. Rose looked explosive vertically going up for the block in both cases.
He had the driving layupish/floaterish shot off the glass at the end of the half where he went full court in four seconds got around everyone and hit the shot before the buzzer.
He had a nice dribble drive in the half court that got him to the foul line.
He had the cross over basket attack for a layup [pretty generous call on the gather to not give him a travel on the play, but still nice athletic move]. The great thing about this play was that it was one of the few times we've seen Derrick blow some one up using his lateral quickness and change of direction.
The not so good
Nothing Rose did in the game was particularly bad. Especially if you put every player there under the microscope, but there were still some less encouraging signs.
His passing looked pretty dicey. He was lackadaisical on a few passes that didn't lead to anything bad but were sloppy, and he had three turnovers overall. He didn't really do anything in the way of passing that looked exceptional to counter that, just moved the ball around.
He was faked out several times and gave up multiple blow-bys from a non NBA caliber guard. As noted above, he made some nice defensive plays, but in those he was running north and south and leaping. He got beat on these blow-bys due to potentially do to lateral quickness/poor ability to change direction, but he could have just as easily got caught on the wrong foot. Sometimes it just happens.
He missed the only jump shot he attempted. We haven't seen Rose take many jump shots for team USA in practice, scrimmage, or the exhibition. It will be interesting to see how good Rose's jumper is once he has to take 10+ a night for Chicago.
He only attempted five shots overall. This wasn't unexpected, but it gave us a pretty small sample to judge anything by. Even without Durant, Rose looks content to take on the role of set up guy and defender. This isn't unexpected, and it's not necessarily a bad thing for Rose, but fans will simply have to wait longer to see how Rose looks in alpha mode.
Blown dunk. Not because it's really an indicator of anything [nor would the made dunk have been an indicator of anything] but simply because he went up high, and I wanted to see the power slam.
Marion signs with the Cavs
Shawn Marion is off the market now, signing with the Cavaliers. He appeared to fall off the cliff a bit last year, and Dallas didn't seem all that interested in having him back which is a sign the Bulls aren't missing much, and the Cavs aren't gaining much.
Sometimes it's hard to separate the name from the present day ability, and I suspect Marion will bring more name than present day ability to the roster.
Still, I'd bet he will help the Cavs more than other minimum salary players left on the market, but not by so much that I'm any more worried about defeating them today than I was before the signing.
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