With Chicago Bulls point guard and former NBA MVP Derrick Rose missing his third straight postseason after another knee surgery, many Bulls fans and those around the league wonder if Rose will resemble the youngest MVP in league history or if he’ll have to change his game.
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau scoffs at the notion that Rose will have a hard time fitting into the team after missing so much time over the last two seasons as others have emerged, namely All-Star center Joakim Noah who has become the face of the franchise in Rose’s absence.
“Great players will always figure it out. So I think it adds to what we already have. I think Derrick and Joakim have always had great chemistry. So it does give us a little more flexibility. There’s things that we can do and were starting to do that with him when he was playing two years ago. But that’s one of the advantages of a guy like Derrick. Derrick can play on the ball, off the ball, and he does both very effectively. So I don’t see that being a problem. If anything it’s a plus.”
It’s hard to find a ‘plus’ in this scenario as Rose will not play in an NBA game until the fall of 2014, but when he does make his long-awaited return to the hardwood, he should fit in well with the rest of his teammates and hopefully for Bulls fans, return to the MVP-type player he was prior to his ACL and meniscus surgeries.