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Derrick Rose says he must assert himself early. Too.

Dec 28, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose celebrates after teammate Luol Deng was fouled while shooting by Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Reuters

Derrick Rose came into this season trying to pull a bit of a Kobe Bryant from recent years — feed the other guys early, get them going, then take over late.

Except, the result has been sluggish starts for the Bulls. (Kobe would be happy to commiserate.)

The Bulls had to come from 11 points down with less than four minutes to go against the Lakers, then fell behind Golden State early and never recovered.

So out with the new and in with the old — Rose is going to start being aggressive early. That’s what he told the Chicago Tribune.

“In the first quarter I have to establish myself a little more,” Rose said. “I see that being laid-back is just not doing it. I think both games in the first quarter I shot the ball just one or two times. So next game, I have to change it up…

“I have to push the ball, get to the rim, be more aggressive,” Rose said. “We tend to slow the ball down a little bit, getting a feel for how we’re playing. I really haven’t caught on to it yet.”

Rose is 1-for-4 shooting with four free throws in the first quarter of the last two games. Combined.

The Sacramento Kings Thursday and Los Angeles Clippers Friday should be ready for something completely different.

  1. liltmac2003 - Dec 28, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Yeah, I agree.

    That’s cool trying to establish your teammates in the game, but he has to take over from the get-go.

  2. bearsstillsuck - Dec 28, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    By reading this you’d think rose was the only good player on the bulls.

  3. brooklynbulls - Dec 28, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    Thibs is obviously limited on the offensive end of the court. Rose is great, but the Bulls have other offensive weapons that need to be utilized. Just giving the ball to Rose and watching him go can only get us so far. You have options with Deng and Rip, and Boozer is capable of earning most of his money. Offensively the team has no structure or identity…..very frustrating, especially with Miami looking so good as a unit this year.

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