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Derrick Rose wanted more minutes in Bulls opener

Oct 7, 2013, 11:44 AM EST

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Tom Thibodeau was pretty clear from the start — Derrick Rose was going to get normal preseason minutes for a starter. That works out to about 20 minutes a game.

That’s exactly what Rose got in the Bulls first game — but he wanted more, he told Aggrey Sam of CSNChicago.com.

Rose played 20 minutes and 26 seconds in Saturday’s preseason-opening win over the Pacers in Indianapolis but wanted to play more.

“It’s tough, especially for it to be a close game like it was and to be sitting out,” explained the former league MVP, who scored 13 points. “Just wanted to test myself a little bit more, but I wasn’t able to.”

As we have broken down, Rose looked good in his return. Rusty, but the explosiveness was there and he was playing with the fearless style he was known for — that is the big key. The rust will shake off, the floater will return, the bigger concern was the attitude and that was in place.

It’s going to be a long season, no reason to put extra minutes on Rose now.

One other interesting bit of pressure on Rose this year — plenty of people around the league will tell you that the relationship between Thibodeau and Bulls GM Gar Forman is fractured. But at Yahoo Sports Adrian Wojnarowski suggests Rose is the one guy that could keep the Bulls and that relationship together.

Between Forman and Thibodeau the disconnect is deep, but Rose’s reconstructed knee could be a powerful agent of reconciliation. With transcendent talents, there come redemptive powers. No one wants to be ousted with Rose on the roster, because he is one of those once-in-a-lifetime players for executives and coaches.

That may be too much pressure for even Rose.

Look at the organizations that have won titles or competed for them the last few seasons — the Heat with Pat Riley at the helm, the Spurs, the Dallas Mavericks with Mark Cuban, the Los Angeles Lakers under Dr. Jerry Buss, the Boston Celtics. They all have the coach and the GM on the same page with the owner. San Antonio is the perfect example — from R.C. Buford down to the kid with the mop soaking up sweat under the basket during games, everyone is on the same page. If not, it’s hard for an organization to move that far forward.

You wonder if that is what will undo the Bulls.

  1. johngalt1783 - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    I think the Wojo is trying to stir the pot a bit on this. There will always be differences of opinion between a GM and his coach. Some get blown up in the media and some don’t. I think this one was blown up a bit by Wojo after all it makes for a lot of clicks.

  2. jobber33 - Oct 7, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Rose is just upset that he didn’t have enough time to get “injured” and take of 18 more months.

  3. kb2408 - Oct 7, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Slow down, D. Rose, there will be plenty of time to test yourself!

  4. gmsingh - Oct 7, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    I think he might have gotten more minutes if he wasn’t grimacing in pain multiple times on the court. He’s going to need the preseason to get used to the intensity of game speed again. The Pacers game was funny, because for a preseason game it almost had a playoff like atmosphere.

  5. nflcinbengals - Oct 7, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Guy is a warrior!!!

    Coming back when HIS body felt right and not caring about who doubted HIS decision!

  6. gmsingh123 - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    I think he might have gotten more minutes if he wasn’t grimacing in pain multiple times on the court. He’s going to need the preseason to get used to the intensity of game speed again. The Pacers game was funny, because for a preseason game it almost had a playoff like atmosphere.

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