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Derrick Rose is back, shows trademark speed and explosiveness in return vs. Pacers

Oct 6, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

The highly anticipated return of Derrick Rose to the court occurred on Saturday, as the Bulls made their preseason debut against the Pacers. All eyes were on Rose, of course, who was seeing his first game action in almost 18 months after sitting out all of last season to rehabilitate his torn ACL injury.

If there’s one thing we learned in this exhibition, it’s that Rose will be all the way back and then some this season. He showed plenty of the speed, explosiveness, and fearlessness that we remember from the former MVP, with no signs of an injury hangover that would limit his ability in any way.

Rose finished with 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting, to go along with three assists and four turnovers. The shots he made were all right at the rim — either layups, a dunk, or a putback in traffic. Where he struggled was to find a rhythm on his outside shot, although only a couple of his misses were jumpers in the true sense. Most came on drives where he pulled up short with a defender in the way, resulting in an awkward attempt.

A couple of his turnovers could simply be chalked up to not quite being used to playing in the flow of a game against an opponent at NBA speed, so no worries there, either. None of the assists came in spectacular fashion — all three were to Luol Deng, and the passes from Rose were pedestrian at best, with his teammate knocking down jumpers (twice) or slashing to the basket to finish.

The outside shooting will come, as will the comfort level of once again playing with his teammates. The most important parts of Rose’s game are already in place, however, and Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau summed up what we all saw quite nicely afterward — in essence, that Rose is back.

“The speed and the power that he plays with,” Thibodeau said, “there’s no one like him.”

  1. apkyletexas - Oct 6, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    He’s been reading my posts – no bunny hops. Efficient, straight, sharp motions – like Kobe.

    Good job, Rose.

  2. moseskkim - Oct 6, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    He looks gooood. Just another team to add to the must watch list for me

  3. nflcinbengals - Oct 6, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Gonna be a great year for us Chicago fans.

    #6ringsandcounting

  4. floridascuba1 - Oct 6, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    5 for 12 sounds right. He is a volume scorer. He won’t bring anything more then what Nate brought in the playoffs last year. He was far from MVP when he won it. That should’ve gone to Dwight Howard that year. Rose isn’t even the heart of his team. That goes to Deng and Noah. those 2 mean more to the Bulls then Rose.

    • gmsingh - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      First game of the preseason and the Floridians are already afraid–I love it!

  5. dvic13 - Oct 6, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    And you sir should lay off the crack

    • kb2408 - Oct 6, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      I second that…crack is wacking and obviously someone has been smoking. ^^^

    • floridascuba1 - Oct 6, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      only one smoking crack is you. But I understand you live your life as a lie. so its to be expected. Numbers don’t lie.

      • 1historian - Oct 6, 2013 at 6:30 PM

        It’s good to see all you clowns in midseason form.

      • philtration - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:33 PM

        He never said that you were “smoking” crack…
        It is more like sniffing it.

        LeBron’s crack that is.

      • jimeejohnson - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:48 PM

        LeBron’s crack must be bigger than big.

  6. antistratfordian - Oct 6, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    “If there’s one thing we learned in this exhibition, it’s that Rose will be all the way back and then some this season.”

    “Nothing leads the scientist so astray as a premature truth.”

  7. nflcinbengals - Oct 6, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    “The speed and the power that he plays with,” Thibodeau said, “there’s no one like him.”

    Good call Coach, Youngest MVP EVER!!!

  8. gmsingh - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Thibs is right. D. Rose would’ve made Jordan in his prime look slow. He’s got better first step quickness than any running back in the NFL. The Pacers played their typical chaotic game and the Bulls kept their composure throughout, despite no Joachim and despite the new players. We’ll see if they can make a statement when they play the Heat.

  9. heat256 - Oct 7, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Does this mean Thibs now can play him 45 minutes a night and run him right back into the ground?

    • gmsingh - Oct 7, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      I don’t see LeBron complaining about the number of minutes he plays.

      • heat256 - Oct 15, 2013 at 9:04 AM

        Nor does Rose. However, it is well documented on Thib’s lack of minutes manageability, which inevitably results in his team being beasts during the regular season, but being totally spent in the playoffs.

    • jimeejohnson - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      Probably not. More like 44.5.

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