As Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose embarks on his return to the NBA, he has shown signs of being back to his old self with Team USA this summer. But as the 2014-15 season approaches, Rose remains a wildcard in terms of his health.
Rose played in only 10 games for the Bulls last season, averaging 15.9 points, 4.3 assists and 3.2 rebounds while shooting 35 percent from the field and 34 percent from three. It seemed as though Rose wasn’t comfortable and struggled to knock the rust off before going down with a torn meniscus.
Rose’s progress with Team USA has been encouraging, and he has drawn rave reviews from coaches and teammates. Rose is said to be using the World Cup as a springboard in preparation for the NBA season. The last time he participated in the World Cup (previously known as the World Championships) he won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award.
The Bulls made significant changes to their roster, and Rose called it the ‘most talented’ team he has ever been on in his career. With more help around him, Rose shouldn’t feel the burden to have to carry the team on a nightly basis. He also had plenty of time to work on his jump shot and three-point shot — both of which should be improved this season.
Rose is at his best when he is going to the basket and drawing fouls. Another part of his game he has worked on is his floater. This season, Rose will have more opportunities to be a distributor with perimeter shooters such as Mike Dunleavy and rookies Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic.
The most important thing is for Rose to remain healthy the entire season. This leaves the possibility of reduced minutes or sitting out back-to-back, but if he can return to MVP-form and be healthy come playoff time, the Bulls will have the opportunity to make a deep playoff run.