After not playing in an NBA game for 18 months, everyone expected Derrick Rose to dominate early on in the season. This was an ignorant assumption made by many. How on earth did we really expect him to come out playing like his old MVP self when he was out of action for such a long time! Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau even had to explain on Tuesday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times:
You’ve got to remember, the guy has been out 18 months,’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘He’s real close. We’ve got to be patient. He’s not making shots he normally makes right now, but we know he’s a great finisher. He has some shots going in and out right now, so we know he’s going to be fine.
The key word for Rose this season is ‘patience’. I know it’s hard as a fan when you haven’t seen your teams superstar play for an entire season, and all you want for him is to play at his best. However in this situation we must have an understanding of what it takes to come back from an injury like a torn ACL. And to be honest, I highly doubt that Rose is loosing any sleep over what any of us may think; whether good or bad. And the fact that he’s not currently the Bulls’ leading scoring isn’t bothering him either, Rose stated:
I could care less,’’ Rose said. ‘‘As long as we win games, winning takes care of everything. My job is to win games. If we were to win a championship and I didn’t score anything, it would still count as a championship, so my goal is to go out there and play as hard as I can, try and will my team and put my guys into position to do positive things on the court.
Well said! If the Bulls want to win a championship they must put team ball first; that goes for any other team looking to strike championship gold. However if Rose does plan on calling himself a Finals MVP he is going to have to put up some MVP numbers to lead his team in victory. That’s just how it goes, the superstar has to lead their team. And sooner than leader he will be playing in full swing!
I can’t get frustrated,’’ Rose said. ‘‘I’m doing everything I can to work on my game, get my game to be efficient, but it’s not clicking the way I want it to yet.
‘‘But it’s going to come.
It’s nice to see that Rose is being patient with himself and is confident that his game will come around and see better days.