It takes a team to win a championship, not just one player. The Dallas Mavericks proved this in their championship run in 2011, and the same has to go for the Chicago Bulls. This team can’t just rely on Derrick Rose alone to save them or be at his best every single game. All the weight of a team should never fall on just one player’s shoulders. It should be a total team effort game after game, win or lose.
After all, Rose did just return to the court after suffering from an ACL injury that caused him to miss the 2012 playoffs and the entire 2012-13 NBA season. He shouldn’t feel like he has to rush and get back to how he was prior to the injury. It’s going to take some time for the former league MVP to feel like his normal self again. An injury as severe as a torn ACL usually takes a long time to get back from, so the fact that Rose is out on the court and is showing improvements in his game should not be taken lightly.
All of the players on the Bulls need to take equal responsibility in where this team is headed, not just Rose because he happens to be their star player. Players like Joakim Noah, Kirk Hinrich, and Jimmy Butler need to step up offensively in order to take some of the pressure off of Rose. If the Bulls’ are going to win it this year, it’s going to be because of a full team effort; that’s what wins championships.