Indiana Pacers Should Be Very Worried About Derrick Rose’s Confidence

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One of the biggest story lines of the NBA preseason thus far has been the play of Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose. Not having played in nearly a year and a half, the former MVP was set to finally make his return to the game — and boy has he ever.

Prior to a preseason matchup with the Indiana Pacers, Rose was interviewed and asked about Indiana’s level of rivalry with the Bulls.

“People say that it’s a rivalry, but I don’t really see it,” Rose said just moments before he dropped 32 points on the Pacers. “I say the team that is more like a rivalry is when Darren Collison was on the team. That one was more like a rivalry, but this team is a great team. They’ve already proven themselves last year by making it to the Eastern Conference finals.

“If anything, by probably in a year or two, it could become a rival. But right now, people say it’s a rival. I just don’t see it right now.”

There was much made regarding Rose’s comments on whether or not the two teams shared a rivalry, but Rose went on and said that the Miami Heat were the team’s biggest rival right now, and why shouldn’t they be?

Indiana figures to have an even better squad than they did last year, but the way Rose has looked in the preseason already should scare the living daylights out of them. The rumors before his return were that Rose had gotten stronger, added to his vertical and improved his jump shot.

Well, thus far he looks just as athletic as he was before getting injured (if not more) and the strength is without a doubt there. As for his jump shot? He’s averaged 53.3 percent from behind the arc and 53.7 percent shooting overall. Per 36 minutes, Rose has averaged 30.1 points, 6.1 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals.

To say it again: The Pacers should be worried. The Bulls are more of a rival to them than they are to the Bulls. The power in the Eastern Conference belongs to Chicago and Miami with Rose back at full health.

Here’s to a season chock full of battles in the East, folks.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.



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  • Maralan

    Well unfortunately, they don’t need a bulls fan opinion. Nothing to be scared of the bulls, they haven’t proven anything yet, except being good at preseason and reg season.Every year at post season, they were mediocre and always having an early exit. For 5 yrs now of this rose era, they were contending but til now they are still a failure! They aren’t really tough. They are just simply pretenders and not real contenders! And i don’t think the power in east con belongs to chicago.. One more thing, how stupid of you to have make the preseason your barometer of success. I’m a female fan, yet i know what preseason meant, while you are a sportswriter but you are dumb stupid! Probably you are one of the brain dead bulls fan, who already thinks, they are the best on account of preseason victories lol.

    • Ryan Heckman

      1. Did I once say the power belonged to the Bulls? No, I said the Bulls’ biggest rival is the Heat, just as Rose acknowledged. 2. If you don’t appreciate hype and opinion, you’re in the wrong place. 3. Every team is a failure if they don’t win it all — period. So, you are correct. In that case, even the Pacers and Bulls are a failure. 4. Interesting perception of the Bulls calling them “not really tough,” when they’re by far one of the most physical teams in the NBA and even without Rose played some of the best defense in the NBA — that’s a fact, not an opinion. Behind coaching like Tom Thibodeau, the Bulls have become a physical, tough, gritty defensive team. I’m not sure where you’re getting your “not really tough” mantra from.

      Lastly, 5. You sound like a very disappointed Pacers fan reading an article on their 2nd biggest threat in the East this year. Maybe you’re intimidated, maybe you’re just upset that the Pacers don’t have a player like Rose. Or maybe you’re trying to focus your attention on something other than the Heat, whom the Pacers still will not get past.

      All in all, you made your female presence felt simply by stating something so incredibly ignorant that it hurts to read. Next time you want to call a team “not really tough,” make sure you have the right team. In this instance, you are far off. Far, far off.

      • Maralan

        HAHAHA so now your true colors came out…that you are a bulls fan and wanted to write something great about the bulls and dismissing the pacers! You are the one intimidated by writing an article like that. Its’ absurd! We don’t need an arrogant rose, who has mental issues. Well that’s my opinion, bulls aren’t really tough!!!Now, you made me laugh so much by showing your real color lol Preseason hype hahaha

        • Farva55

          Pipe down Maralan and learn how to type.

          • Maralan

            Excuse me, we don’t need perfect typing or whatever on here, this is not a formal theme writing lol. Not unless, one is low IQ and can hardly understand what others are trying to say, then i suggest an interpreter for him lol

      • Maralan

        An article for pacers to become very worried(and the funniest part is, based on cheap exhinition games)…only to find out, a bulls fan behind the writing hahahaha

  • Maralan

    The last time i know is that, during the rose mvp days, they were beaten in just 5 games and had not gone even near the nba finals. And rose is back healthy, whats the big deal? You are too much hyped on preseason which meant nothing. I don’t think you use your IQ in writing but rather just your emotions. Very inefficient writer if you are really a writer or maybe a pretending one

    • Farva55

      It’s definitely clear you’re from Indiana.

      • Maralan

        Im sorry but im in new zealand and lots of pacers fans around the world, not just in indiana. I have other pacers fans friends from different countries

  • Maralan

    And the title of the article “Indiana should be very worried” LOL LOL…Absurd and hilarious!!!

    • Saren Arterius

      Let’s stop pretending the Pacers didn’t only win the division because of the absence of Rose. The Bulls won at a 62-win clip the 2 seasons before that, which there is no reason to expect they won’t continue with Rose back. The Pacers won the Central with 49 games (4.5 ahead of the Bulls, not 11). If they expect to win the division, they will need to improve by 10+ games… they’re the ones who have to justify their hype, not the Bulls.

      • Maralan

        Were was the hype??? I did not see any hype

        • Saren Arterius

          My bad, thought you had a point. Carry on making noise.

      • Maralan

        I did not even say Pacers will be the champs or pacers will dominate the whatever…If they lose, fine! They lose and no excuses! Better be same, accept that you lose last year, w/o making any excuses or whatsoever statement.

  • Maralan

    The power belongs to the defending champs only as they are the champs! But not to chicago who got nothing yet.

  • Maralan

    Senior writer lol…and writes like this??? Not one of your statements made sense