Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls took on the New York Knicks in the Bulls’ first home game of the new NBA season. Rose returned to play in his first home game since suffering from a torn ACL back in the 2012 playoffs. The crowd went wild as their hometown hero and MVP returned to the basketball court to do what he does best.
Tonight, we saw bursts of the Rose of old, cutting between the defense and finishing strong at the hoop.
When Rose isn’t trying hard, that is when he shines the brightest. He has natural talent so he doesn’t have to go ahead of himself and overdo any of his moves. As the season progresses, this Bulls team is going to have to get back to that elite defense has been shown over the years. The aggression and drive has not shown up yet, and it needs to be seen if they want to make any impact on the league this year.
After this ugly win against the Knicks, they need to use this as energy to propel them into the right direction.
Finishing off with 18 points and six rebounds, Rose proved that it will take more games to get back his rhythm. Call him Mr. Clutch, Rose made the basket that won it for the Bulls’, beating the Knicks 82-81 in what was a grind to the finish all night for Chicago. For the next game, the Bulls definitely need to start early on defense so they can initiate their offense. In the games to come, it will take much more drive and focus in order to come out with a smooth victory.