Originally Posted by Dengness9
I was fighting left and right with Bulls fans on ISH that Rose was the guy.
People kept telling me Beasley was a 4 and the Bulls answer to their low post problems.....
I told them that Rose was the guy and would be the best player we've had since MJ. Some realized it and some fought til the bitter end....which was pre-season of that year when Rose already started lighting up the league a lil bit.
At that point in time, it was very hard to distinguish Rose and Beasley as the players they would eventually become.
Rose (as well as a few others) had just let the NCAA title slip from their hands after being up 4 in the closing minute. Meanwhile Beasley beasted for the entire season on an overall weaker squad. Rose had elite athleticism, but Beasley was no slacker in that department. And Beasley boasted a better outside shot than Rose as well.
The Bulls didn't have Boozer or Gibson at that point, but did have an established Hinrich at PG. Meanwhile the Heat had Haslem at PF but no set PG. Although most analysts believed Rose was a bit better than Beasley, there were a lot of guys who said it made more sense for the Bulls to pick Beasley to fill their need. I was hoping they would as well since Rose would have worked out perfectly for the Heat at the time.
Who knows though, had Beasley gone to the Bulls, maybe Thibs would have whipped him into shape. Beasley had a pretty good rookie season in Miami. He really only slipped off bad after Miami traded him away to take on the big 3.