HOOPS WORLD.COM-WHY ISNT ROSE EXCELLING
Just about the whole world expected Bulls guard and Rookie of the Year Derrick Rose to come out of the gates this season swinging hard, proving that he's among the league's elite point guards. So far, between the ankle injury that kept him out of the entire preseason and his slow start to the regular season, the whole world hasn't been particularly impressed.
His numbers are down across the board—as a rookie he averaged 16.5ppg, 6.2apg, and 3.8rpg, but this year he's only at 13.8ppg, 5.3apg, and 2.8apg. He shot a better percentage last year, played more minutes, and most importantly, played with supreme confidence on the floor, driving into traffic seemingly whenever he felt like it and sinking acrobatic layups that nobody was able to stop. It was that aggressiveness that appeared to be Rose's trademark; stoically, he'd cross over his defender, bolt to the rim like lightning, and then let his athleticism and size take care of the rest.
Very noticeably, he hasn't been the same player so far this year. Part of that probably has something to do with missing the preseason and getting himself back into the flow of the game, but more so it's been his failure to attack the basket, settling instead for pull-up jumpshots that have been only marginally successful.
Rose himself is aware of his issues, and says that he's working on them. "It just comes with playing. These last couple of games I've been trying to drive it. I think only shot like two or three jumpshots today (Saturday's win over the Philadelphia 76ers). It just takes time playing."
One would thing such an instinctive part of basketball would come more easily, but Rose is clearly trying to do right by the offensive sets. He's always been very concerned about not playing selfishly and making sure the offense is run so he can involve his teammates more. The problem with that, obviously, is that Chicago isn't a particularly talented offensive team, and Rose needs to average quite a big more than 14 points if the Bulls are going to hang with some of the scoring powerhouses in this league. It doesn't matter how good their team defense is.
In Rose's mind, he's just working out some kinks, but in the impatient mind of the common Bulls fan, he hasn't been pulling his weight yet. Some are even suggesting that he's not as talented as the hype may have suggested, but before we come to that conclusion, remember that this young man is barely 21 years old and has the skill and the athleticism to be among the league's elite. It'll click eventually, even if right now he's still struggling to find his groove.
what do ya'll think
Learning to live without Ben Gordon will be the hardest thing for Rose. With Salmons being more of a slasher and not as good of a three point shooter it leaves Rose with fewer cuts to the basket. And with no good pick and Roll team mate there is no other way to generate that.
exactly..i said hes gonna be missed more then people think especially if they make it into the playoffs
I think it has to do with his injury, conditioning, etc, but also his unselfish mentality. He's going to have to start taking over and be more selfish in the good kind of way.
"Some are even suggesting that he's not as talented as the hype may have suggested"... Anybody saying this after less than ten games for this young kid after what he did last season doesn't have any sense.
just give Rose week of relax...Hinrich is good enough to play starting point for couple games and then Rose would back as possibly thrid best PG is the league...just my opinion
If he's healthy enough to play, then he should continue playing. No need to sit out because that'll just hurt his conditioning. He just needs to keep doing what he's doing. It'll all come. Right now, he's not even attacking the rim or beating his defender around the corner like we're used to seeing. He's settling for the jump shot because he can't get into the lane and finish the way he's used to. He's just dribbling East and West compared to North and South like he did last season. His balance isn't strong at all right now. You can just tell his ankle is weak and it'll get stronger as he keeps rehabbing and playing.
has anyone watched some of chicagos games?..one reason that isnt brough up enough is ben gordan being gone..with him there the lanes were more open because the sg wasnt able to cheat a lil and help wit drives. with gordan gone and salmons not being the shooter or scorer that gordan is it makes the driving lanes alot smaller..was just watching game from chi last year then compared it to the bulls games this year and saw how much more help defenders are able to close up the lanes. when this happens you either have to use youre picks more or learn to shoot better or both..unless you have that blazing speed like a iverson where it doesnt matter about the lanes and you can just create it or you just have that aggressiveness to make the lanes
or if u can post up lol
Gordon not being there is definitely hurting the Bulls right now. Deng has played well, but Salmons and Hinrich are shooting terrible from the perimeter. The floor definitely isn't as spaced as it was last season.
I still think it's Rose though. Last year he showed the ability to get into the lane and finish regardless of if Gordon was on the floor or not. He was supposed to step up and pick up most of the scoring load from Gordon's departure, but he's not doing that at this point. He's not playing aggressive right now. He doesn't have that same explosiveness turning the corner and beating defenders off the dribble... You can tell he isn't as stong balance/finishing wise. He just doesn't look the same physically wise. Versus Denver, he couldn't even get around NeNe. He struggled a little getting past Dalembert from the 76ers. Even Kevin McChale, Dennis Scott and the other guys from NBATV mentioned they thought he was struggling physically and lacked explosiveness.
I'm going to let this issue die though. In due time, he'll be healthy and start doing what we know he can do.
im still confused about salmons..i actually expected him to do alot better then he did..im guessing gordan being gone has really hurt his game as well. doubt if we ever see rose post up anytime soon..i cant recall on any level where he posted up consistantly
Needs to take games over by driving it to the basket and getting to the line more. He needs to work on his jump shot too. He needs more pick and roll plays with Noah rolling to the hoop or miller shooting the mid range J. Salmons is overrated to me a little. He should play with Hinrich more so he has a shooter to kick the ball out to more as well. Rose needs to be the killer out there. He has to want to dominate every game from here on out. This team needs to make a trade for a guy who can get his own shot off too. Too many catch and shoot guys.
exactly..same thing i say about eric gordan as far as taking the games over more