CHICAGO — The Bulls have begun practicing together as a team officially for the fist time and they are beginning to give the NBA world the jist of their goal: winning a championship or bust.
Derrick Rose, the reigning MVP and face of Chicago is leading the charge both physically and verbally in calling for a championship returning to the Windy City.
My whole goal this season is to win a championship”
-Derrick arose on Chicgao’s 2011-12 goals
The soft spoken Rose talked to the media today and addressed last season’s embarrassing exit from the Eastern Conference Finals and, in true Derrick Rose fashion, without missing a beat took full blame for the 4-1 series loss.
“It wasn’t my teammates’ fault we lost last year,” Rose said. “It was me not making the plays and not playing smart enough throughout the whole game. Last year will help me grow this year as a player more mentally. I’ll know what to do. Hopefully, by me looking at film and really studying, when I get in those situations again, it will be totally different.”
It wasn’t all Rose’s fault. A lot of the blame can be pinned on Carlos Boozer and his Houdini act and it can also be blamed on the Bulls inability as a whole to close out clutch games like they could all regular season long.
But if Rose wants the blame, that just means one thing: we are picking up exactly where we left off last season in Chicago. Rose can only do so much as we saw last season, and the Bulls are pursuing other options at the shooting guard position to replace Keith Bogans.
Despite starting all 82 games for Chicago last season, Bogans struggled offensively which really hurt the Bulls in the playoffs. But despite all this, Rose is standing by his teammate.
“Keith’s my guy,” Rose said. “I’m rolling with Keith.”
Bogans is likely going to stay in Chicago but probably in a much more revered role coming off the bench. Rose understands that someone new may be brought in but is sticking by his guys like the leader he is.
“I’m fine with my teammates,” Rose said. “If [management] chooses to [add someone], that’s up to them. I don’t get into that. The people upstairs, [general manager] Gar [Forman] and them, they’ve been making the right decisions on picking people, picking guys that fit the way I play, guys that can shoot and score. I’m not worried about that.”
Rose was the first player to show up at the Bulls training facility. He stated he worked on his isolation and post-up as well as intense conditioning this offseason to make sure he doesn’t ware down like he felt he did last season during the Bulls playoffs run.
This is music to Bulls fans ears. Rose has only gotten better since his rookie season and like the elite players in other leagues like Aaron Rodgers and Derek Jeter, he hasn’t let the success get to his head or allow himself to take any breaks.
Watching him practice, let’s just say this: if you thought last years Derrick Rose was amazing, you’ve got another thing coming.