Perhaps a Shift in Emphasis on D. Rose for Bulls?

Posted by Richard Kagan on Monday, September 15, 2014 with No comments
Team USA defeated Serbia handily to win the Gold Meal in the FIBA World Cup Final in Madrid behind a lights out shooting game by Kyrie Irving who went 6-6 from three point-land on 9 of 12 shooting.  James Harden also had a good outing with some clutch treys and a deft offensive game.
Derrick Rose lead with 6 assists but did not have a basket as he was still struggling to find his shooting touch.

All in all, Rose had a successful tournament.  He did not get hurt and he helped his team in other areas beside making a pretty basket.

Pau Gasol, who will debut with the Chicago Bulls this upcoming season did make the FIBA "All Five", the top players in the Tournament.  Kenneth Faried was also honored as a top player in the Tournament.  Irving was named  the MVP of the World Cup.  What this points to is the USA has a great pool of talent, the best in the world. And, this is not including LeBron James, Kobe Byrant, or Will Durant, who didn't play in the FIBA event.

Back to Derrick Rose.  He played with some of the best players in the world and generally held his own.  His scoring was not needed as there were plenty of players, such as Harden, or Stephan Curry, who could make up the difference.

He has such high standards that it might bother him that he wasn't the offensive weapon, Bulls fans, have been accustomed to watching. He's been out for so long that it feels like it cost a dime to make a public phone call when he last played.

There is still time, training camp begins at the end of September.  Chicago will have plenty of offensive punch with the addition of McDermott, Gasol, and Milotic.  It will interesting to see how Coach Thibodeau will utilize Gasol, Noah, and Taj Gibson. These players can be versatile, roam and find seams --with Rose making spot on passes, it could look almost artistic on the court.  We shall soon see.