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Derrick Rose looked good going coast-to-coast Monday (VIDEO)

Oct 8, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT

Derrick Rose continues to look good in the preseason — he still has the explosiveness, something you could see in this highlight against the Memphis Grizzlies. He goes coast-to-coast so fast and Memphis is just not able to keep up.

Rose is still a bit rusty (3-of-8 shooting) but the good news for Chicago is it looks like the usual preseason rust, not “I’ve been out for a year” rust.

It’s this simple: If Rose is back, the Bulls are contenders for the big prize.

  1. redbullenergydrink - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Can’t wait to see this guy play (reg season) again!

  2. asublimeday - Oct 8, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    As a bulls fan, I don’t care if he scores 100 a game. He owes us a championship for blowing it last year when we had a strong shot.

    Until then, glad to hear he’s better but it’s banner or bust.

    • antistratfordian - Oct 8, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      Boo! He doesn’t owe you anything. And Chicago didn’t have a strong shot any year. They don’t have the talent to get around Miami.

      • gmsingh123 - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:36 AM

        Good luck with that. The Bulls offense already looks twice as good as last year. And Noah hasn’t even taken the court yet. The Bulls are going to run over Miami when they play them in the regular season. By the time the postseason comes around it will be all about injuries, and LeBron’s superhuman ability to play 10000 minutes and still look fresh.

      • antistratfordian - Oct 9, 2013 at 6:28 PM

        Two preseason games in and you’re talking about how good their offense looks? How cute.

        The Bulls have the same problem that every other franchise has… LeBron is on the other team.

      • gmsingh123 - Oct 9, 2013 at 8:27 PM

        Well, if you’re a regular watcher of the Bulls, which I am, a trained ape could tell the difference between how the offense played last year and how they’re playing this year. I’m not actually saying you’re probably less observant than a trained ape, but if the shoe fits…

      • antistratfordian - Oct 10, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        If you’re a regular watcher of the NBA, which I am, you would know that what happens over the first two preseason games is not indicative of what will happen in the regular season.

      • gmsingh123 - Oct 12, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        Sure. Now give me two examples.

        Busted.

      • antistratfordian - Oct 13, 2013 at 7:25 PM

        Two? I can give you 500. There are about 20 examples per team.

      • gmsingh123 - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        So two shouldn’t be hard then. How long do you figure it will take?

      • antistratfordian - Oct 14, 2013 at 8:35 PM

        What’s LeBron’s preseason average? There’s one.
        The Pacers are winless. There’s another.

        Do you really want me to keep going?

      • gmsingh123 - Oct 15, 2013 at 9:16 AM

        Yes, and while you’re at it, let me know how that ties into what I *specifically* said about the Bulls. TIA.

      • antistratfordian - Oct 16, 2013 at 7:36 PM

        Here’s what you specifically said: “The Bulls offense already looks twice as good as last year.” To which I responded that the preseason doesn’t necessarily foretell the happenings of the regular season.

        That would seem like common sense to most people (because it is) – yet you took exception to it.

        To my disbelief, you even asked for examples of how the preseason does not predict the regular season – as if anyone ever thought it did.

      • gmsingh123 - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        Well you’re entitled to your opinion, however wrong it may be. Meanwhile, today we see yet another post on PBT about how well the Bulls will do this year. All because of how they’re looking in the preseason. Weird, isn’t it?

      • antistratfordian - Oct 18, 2013 at 4:42 PM

        I am not expressing an opinion. It is but a fact.

        And nothing said on PBT has any bearing whatsoever on what will actually happen in the regular season. (How new are you? Very.)

        And let’s get one thing straight: The Bulls were going to do well in the regular season regardless…. the 2013-14 preseason IS NOT indicating that for me, you or anybody else. The Bulls performance after Thibs arrival three years ago already indicated that.

        So you are not learning anything meaningful about the Bulls this preseason. Even if they came out and looked terrible, they would still do well in the regular season.

      • gmsingh123 - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        I watched to Bulls perform well against Indiana again last night–another preseason game that looked like a playoff game. There is no reason, of course, to keep your starters in right until the end–except that neither coach wanted to lose. Your opinion on this subject is trash, lacking any real world examples.

      • antistratfordian - Oct 22, 2013 at 11:15 PM

        Heh. If it looked like a playoff game Rose would’ve found a way to choke – so it definitely wasn’t an approximation that. ;)

        I will again repeat the most sensible thing that can be said about this: It’s the preseason. Relax.

    • kb2408 - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      I’m agreeing with @anti two days in a row?! There is hope for mankind after all! Rose doesn’t “owe” Bulls fans anything in regards to last season. That kid loves and respects the game. And I am sure he loves the Bulls. It had to have been killing him inside to not be able to play last year. Chicago better appreciate him. It is rare to have a homegrown superstar who is also humble, hardworking and never gets in any trouble off the court.

    • llfreedman - Oct 8, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      You have obviously never played sports and dealt with a serious injury. What a sorry comment.

    • xrobertitox - Oct 9, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      As a Bulls fan, shut up.

  3. antistratfordian - Oct 8, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Not sure about the “He goes coast-to-coast so fast and Memphis is just not able to keep up” exaggeration.

    Solid and1 though. Much better than last year.

  4. ProBasketballPundit - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Sweeeeet! Rose’s balance is so insane that you can’t really describe or remember it correctly without just going to the video. I wonder if his jumper is improved at all with all that time shooting in the gym.

  5. nflcinbengals - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Preach kb2408!!

  6. floridascuba1 - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    3 for 8 isn’t rust. 3 for 8 is his normal shooting percentage.

  7. 40thstreetblack - Oct 8, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    I believe the Bulls along with the Pacers are the best bet to dethrone Miami. This is not the same Bulls team from 2011, while LeBron has improved so have these Bulls. Deng, Noah, Gibson & Rose are better now. Hinrich, Butler, & Dunleavy were not on that team, Teague enters the rotation this year as well and if he’s anything close to his brother that’s pretty good, they also have a couple of promising rooks in Snell & Murphy. I agree even if Rose had come back they were not beating Miami last year(they were also missing Deng & Hinrich in that series).They just need to add a third big and remain healthy. 2011 was this Bulls team first deep playoff run together, teams gotta take their lumps before they reach the promised land. I think this Bulls team is ready, and good luck depending on Oden & Beasley to come thru come playoff time. Wade, Bosh, Battier, Allen these guys are getting up there in age as well.

    • gmsingh123 - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      The Bulls just need to sign Kevin Durant, then go for another 6 championships.

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