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Thibodeau says Rose has improved range on jumper. If so, watch out.

Aug 30, 2013, 4:59 PM EDT

Derrick Rose

When Derrick Rose got injured, long before the silly kerfuffle about his return date, Tim Hardaway was saying Rose could come back with an improved jump shot. Which would make the explosive former MVP even more dangerous.

Apparently Hardaway knows what he is talking about (he did go through the same injury and all).

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau went out to the Los Angeles area to watch Rose workout (before he leaves on another tour of China to sell shoes) and told K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune Rose has added some weapons.

Thibodeau traveled west Wednesday to check in on Rose, who is sporting increased range on his jumper and a left-handed floater that he has worked on extensively this offseason….

“What the summer has done is it’s given him more time to build confidence and strength in his leg,” Thibodeau said in Las Vegas in July. “His entire body is a lot stronger.”

A lefty floater and a more deadly jump shot would be nice steps forward for the Bulls. Rose shot 31.2 percent on threes two seasons ago, which is right at his career average. If that number goes up and he can just step back off a pick he is that much harder to cover.

We will see if, once the season starts, Thibodeau tries to keep the minutes in check for Rose (not to mention Luol Deng, Joakim Noah and others). He has been known to ride his starters big minutes and we’ll see if the rash of injuries the Bulls have battled through (related to the minutes or not) impacts his choices. Could Thibodeau sacrifice a couple wins to keep Rose’s minutes down?

  1. saint1997 - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    ACL injuries are the new best thing for a young players development. Shump, Rose, maybe even Rondo and Noel show these improvements. Quick kids! Go tear a knee ligament!

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 31, 2013 at 3:16 AM

      Its sad that people are actually discussing having preemptive Tommy John surgery for high school pitchers.

  2. reesesteel23 - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Does that mean he will be close to 100% of the Bulls generated offense?

  3. kb2408 - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    If this is indeed true, and I have no reason to believe it’s not, this kid is going to be dominant. I love, love, love D. Rose. Kobe gave him his stamp of approval two seasons ago for his work ethic. He’s going to make his critics forget all about last season.

  4. LilTmac2003 - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Winning cures all.

    Some might complain that he should have played last season, etc, etc, etc.

    Win some games and the rest is history.

  5. losanginsight - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Lets see if he comes back by the all star break. Rondo, Kobe, Matt Harvey and Noel will be back sooner. RG 3 is already playing football.

  6. legend30 - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Last time I checked NSYNC came back before Rose.

    #ClevelandSportsIsCursed

  7. scorp16 - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Rose shot 44% in 2011 before he got injured. Not exactly a great stat. If he’s working on his range I hope he is working on the accuracy part as well. Rose is at his best when he attacks the basket. If his range and accuracy improve and he can pick his spots while still attacking the basket then yes, he will be much improved. If he starts using the jumper as a crutch, and it diminishes from his attacking style of play he will regress. We’ll find out in about 2 months.

  8. money2long - Aug 30, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    ah. derrick rose. time to quiet the critics. he’ll do for me in the meantime while kobe is mending.

  9. mikejd12 - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Lebron can shut him down.

    • money2long - Aug 30, 2013 at 11:50 PM

      only derrick rose can shut derrick rose down

      • jimmymarlinsfan - Aug 31, 2013 at 1:55 AM

        LeBron had no trouble making Rose look like he was playing with a torn ACL

      • money2long - Aug 31, 2013 at 4:05 PM

        let’s see how game one of both these team’s season goes.

    • Ben Quick - Sep 1, 2013 at 7:43 AM

      LeBron has six inches and 50 lbs on Derrick. I would sure hope he could defend someone that much smaller. Jesus.

  10. jzone954 - Aug 30, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    What happens when Lebron covers him??
    I’m glad to hear Rose us back healthy, and improving, it’s great for the league and I have always had respect for this kid and his game

    • chicitybulls - Aug 31, 2013 at 1:47 AM

      Oh I don’t know…maybe he’ll pass to Deng, Butler, Noah, Boozer, Snell, Gibson, Heinrich or another one of his teammates.

  11. deiong - Aug 30, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    umm LeBron isn’t very good at defense. sure hes one of the better right now but the leagues very mediocre at best right now. to be one of the better of the medicore class isn’t that good ;)

    • Kurt Helin - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      I think you are comparing this to years past, but remember pre-2000 you could literally hold and bump and hand check on the perimeter. Gary Payton said he couldn’t be the defender he was in today’s NBA. The change in rules forced a change in team defenses.

      • deiong - Sep 5, 2013 at 6:59 PM

        i am basing his on this past year. they couldn’t find a decent person to reward the defensive player of the year award. if he’s so good, why not give him the award instead of looking for someone then settling on someone lackluster.. hes never won defensive player of the year. so someone who didn’t win gets bypassed because he two individuals who earned the award this year didn’t have enough games under there belt, and so they practically begged someone to take the award this year… and still he doesn’t get it… how good can you be in that?

      • Kurt Helin - Sep 5, 2013 at 11:29 PM

        If you think Marc Gasol’s defense is lackluster I question your basketball IQ. He does not make the spectacular play, but he makes all the right plays. I’d take him over Ibaka every day of the week and so would 30 coaches.

    • borderline1988 - Sep 1, 2013 at 12:30 AM

      deiong:

      The list of perimeter stars that Lebron James has shut down in the playoffs is remarkable. It’s incredible that a 250 lbs+ player can effectively shut down Derrick Rose or Tony Parker. These are the best and quickest offensive PGs in the league.

      Lebron’s teams have always been among the best defensive teams in the NBA, even dating back to his Cleveland days. Lebron was always the defensive anchor of those teams.

      Not only that is the defense there, but Lebron is also the best by far in at converting defense into offense. Tyson Chandler is also a great defender, but when he blocks a shot, rebounds, tips a ball, etc..generally he’s just disrupting the offense.
      When Lebron makes a defensive play, there’s often a layup at the other end of the court.

      • Ben Quick - Sep 1, 2013 at 7:53 AM

        LeBron has 6 in on both TP and Derrick. Yeah, that dude better be able to block a shot against players giving up so much size. The fact that he even guards an other teams pg tells you how little faith the Heat have in the defense of D-Wade, Ray Allen, and Chalmers. And no, LBJ can’t keep up with player outside the lane.

      • lhollis74 - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:56 PM

        Borderline, please wipe lebron’s semen off your chin! Tony Parker had a hurt hamstring and Lebron wasn’t on him very much, always either cole or charmers. Spoelstra insisted charmers attack Parker to wear him down some on defense, that’s why charmers scored as much as he did that series. I guess you believe Lebron was guarding Parker and Kawai Leonard at the same time.

    • redbaronx - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:53 PM

      LeBron isn’t very good at defense??? The league has more athleticism than it ever did. What isn’t on par is post play at the moment. But seriously to criticize his defense is way off. He moves his feet and keeps players in front of him one on one, works well through picks, and he’s a terrific off the ball help defender and shot blocker.

      I’m not a Miami fan, but I just had to jump in on that one….

  12. southbeachtalent - Aug 30, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Derrick Rose… hmmm sounds familiar…

  13. 12444uggg - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    There’s only one media personality the uses the word “kerfuffle”.

  14. chiadam - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    He can shoot from the bench / luxury skybox now.

  15. drgums - Sep 1, 2013 at 6:29 AM

    so play already

  16. onlyavoice - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    By Opening Day The Bulls Will Be Saying Rose Is Not Completely Healed.
    Expect To See A Lot Of Rose On The Bench This Season.
    If He Can Stay Relatively Healthy This Season That Will Be A Plus.
    I Expect A Better Dominate Rose In The 2015/2015 Season.

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