Bulls push on while Derrick Rose remains out
Chatting casually with local reporters in the Bulls’ locker room at Bankers Life Fieldhouse after a 97-92 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night, Derrick Rose admitted to being a little chagrined that every move he makes is overscrutinized and overanalyzed.
Rose being on the bench for the first time since his knee surgery — in a dress shirt and sport coat — seemed to take on a life of its own. Not even Vladimir Radmanovic driving the baseline for a vicious dunk could trump the fact that Rose was not only on the bench, but really into the game. When Marco Belinelli mishandled a sharp pass from Joakim Noah for a turnover that led to a Pacers fast break, Rose jumped off the bench with a frustrated look on his face. I know this because like everybody else, I was keeping half an eye on the game and half an eye on Derrick Rose.
Life was a lot easier for Rose when he played basketball for a living. But as uncomfortable as that might be, Rose can take solace in the fact that his teammates are tethered mentally to the former league MVP even more than we are. Maybe it’s just the time of the season — a long way in, but a long way to go — but the Bulls seem to be taking their cues from Rose more than Tom Thibodeau.
-- Chicago Sun-Times