Particularly when that team spent the exhibition schedule taxing its rotation players more significantly than most — A 4-4 preseason would raise questions about a team’s fitness for name contention.
But the Chicago Bulls got what they wanted out of the month of October. Sam Smith of said Rose”generally bordered involving magnificent and spectacular in his preseason progression,” along with the former MVP closed things out with a boom. In 56 minutes, he scored 57 points in the final two tuneups of Rose. Over the whole preseason, he connected on 43 percent of the triples.
And don’t worry: He seemed as fast and reckless as he did three decades back.
It’s probably fair to be worried about the recklessness.
At any rate, Chicago struggled to adapt in the rotation, which explains its record that was underwhelming. Tom Thibodeau is currently experimenting with Gasol’s role alongside Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson. Additionally, some defense was expected with rookies Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott simply getting acquainted with Thibs’ system.
Jimmy Butler’s thumb injury marred an otherwise healthful preseason, but if the most important setback merely leaves a role player”daily,” according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls will take it.
With Rose healthy, the Bulls are very, very frightening.

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