Phil Jackson on Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose has always let his play set the tone for the Chicago Bulls, but as the newly-turned 24-year-old star matures in his game, he will learn to become a more vocal leader, Phil Jackson said Friday.

“You see him do his leading mostly by his athletic prowess and his spirit that he plays the game with, his undaunting spirit,” Jackson said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “But as he grows older he will become more of a vocal leader, and I think that’s an important aspect for a guy who wants to lead his team into the NBA championship level. And that’s the direction they’re headed now.”

Rose, who turned 24 on Thursday, first has to work his way back from a torn ACL suffered in the first round of the playoffs last season.

РReported by ESPN Chicago