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Derrick Rose gets his wish, he is now the face of the Bulls

Jul 21, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for rose_game 3.pngThere was talk that one reason LeBron James soured on Chicago as the place he would be taking his talents was the shadow cast by Michael Jordan. Let’s hope that was not the case, because great players embrace the challenge of living up to the past of a legendary franchise (see Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant for examples).

Derrick Rose is not shying away at all, as he told ESPNChicago.

“I want to be that guy,” Rose said Tuesday in an interview with ESPNChicago.com before the start of Team USA’s training camp. “I want to be the reason why the Bulls are back to what they were [during the Michael Jordan era].”

“Why wouldn’t I want to be [the face of the franchise]?” Rose asked. “That’s the point of playing the game. That’s the greatest thing right now.

 “I came to a team where they didn’t make the playoffs, not for a couple of years. No one was really interested in the Bulls like that in Chicago, not like [it was during the Jordan era]. And I’m making it back [to being] exciting. I’m from Chicago, [and] it would mean a lot if I would just bring back one championship there, or even get past the first round. The city would go crazy. So for me to even bring that team back to like the old days, it would mean so much to this city.”

The Bulls are going to be good. A front line of Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer, Rose back healthy (remember he wasn’t for much of last season), Luol Deng plus some shooters such as Kyle Korver who can space the floor. The Bulls didn’t make the big, splashy move they tried to make, but they also made smart moves.

But just how far they go will depend on Rose. He’s been working on his three-point shot (26 percent last season) and if it goes anything like his work on the midrange he could be even more dangerous. (From 10 to 15 feet, Rose improved from 38 percent his rookie year to 50 percent last year, according to Hoopdata).

New Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau wants to have the offense centered around Rose driving and kicking (or the ball going into Boozer, who has those same shoot or pass options). Rose knows he has to have the outside shot to open up space on the drives. If he can make that happen, the Bulls will be on the road to where Rose wants them to be.

  1. GiantMidget - Jul 21, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Mad Respect for Rose. He has the balls to be the man, and embraces it. Unlike the 3tards that had to join forces because they wern’t good enough to win one on their own.

  2. hnirobert - Jul 21, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    Um… 2006?

  3. JustThinkMan - Jul 21, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    GiantMidget. You’re joking right? Or is Kobe a 3tard and are the Celts too?
    Good for Derrick Rose and good luck getting to the Conference Finals in the next few years.

  4. uranoob - Jul 21, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    Your a dumbass. The 3 tards…not a 3tard. Wtf is a 3tard? Ur a retard. And yeah, they are 3 bitches for all going to Miami

  5. Mike - Jul 21, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Rose can go ahead and embrace being the man for the Bulls. But after the Heat have won 3 or 4 titles, don’t you think he’s going to be searching for superstar help?

  6. Hoog - Jul 21, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    Let’s first see if they win one.

  7. FukyurMomma - Jul 22, 2010 at 9:15 AM

    didnt Rose play 78 games last season??? Why is this guy saying, he wasnt there for much of last year? 4 games isnt much to miss. Maybe he’s thinking Noah. But even he played 64 games.

  8. Ryan P - Jul 22, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    He’s not saying that Rose missed a lot of games, just that he was injured, which is true. The kid had an ankle injury that slowed his production for the first 20-25 games.
    I’m a huge Bulls fan, but I also want to be realistic: they don’t have a championship roster yet. But they did improve significantly over the offseason. They managed to win 41 games with Rose and Luol Deng perpetually injured, and Joakim out something like 20 games. With a little health and the additions they have made this month, they could be a 50-win team and about a 4 or 5 seed in the East.
    Plus Rose already is the man. He doesn’t do a lot of talking, but shows up like a superstar every night. Gotta love the kid.

  9. Anonymous - Jul 22, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    both played hurt for over 25 or 30 games and were nowhere near %100

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