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Can Derrick Rose improve on his MVP season from last year? If so, what can he possibly do better? Shooting? Consistency? What?
Defense, which really he’s already improved under Thibs. Chicago only allowed 91.3 PPG last season, making them second-best in the league, a milestone largely achieved via Rose-Deng-Brewer while our best defender watched from the bench (… and then failed to make a notable difference when no longer bereft of his health). And I maybe would say his moves in the post, which he happened to work on with his trainer this summer in lieu of playing pickup games.
It’s very, very hard to take Derrick one-on-one, but while his lateral quickness has never been a question, his basketball intelligence has, as in he sometimes tries to do everything himself and sometimes doesn’t seem all-that aware of his athletic limitations. I’m hardly the first one to comment on this, but maybe that’s because he’s my age? I recently put EZ Mac in the microwave with no water. “Nobody likes you when you’re 23,” you guys.
Regardless, there is a preposterous amount of young talent in the NBA right now, and holy crap, have you been watching college basketball? Next year’s draft is going to be silly. Also, Jabari Parker! Point being, the Bulls will have Derrick Rose for a long, long time, and there seems to be a lot to look forward to in terms of a supporting cast. They know, arguably more than any other franchise, what it takes to build championship squads around one superstar. And lucky for us, today’s iteration of said superstar is not a giant asshole. (Sorry, MJ. You’re still the GOAT.) I really like the future of this team. Chicago is the greatest, forever and, the end.