It may seem early in the year to be talking about a major development in the National Basketball Association, but Saturday’s preseason action already marked a stark change in the landscape of professional hoops. The Chicago Bulls finally saw the return of All-Star Derrick Rose.
For Bulls fans, it was the first time they have seen their electrifying guard in action since the 2011-2012 NBA campaign. He was only able to play 39 games in that season, suffering a knee injury that would take until today to recover from. The torn left ACL is back up and running well enough that Rose felt he could participate in preseason action.
His debut was a successful one, Rose scored 13 points in 20 minutes of action in Saturday night’s game. His team was also able to get the victory over the Indiana Pacers by a score of 82-76.
Early on in the game, the Bulls offense was not clicking on all cylinders, and it appeared that Rose was rusty. Acting more as a decoy than a primary threat, Rose bounced around the perimeter as the frontcourt took the first five Bulls shots.
Then in the second quarter he flipped the switch. Rose started attacking like he was known to do during his MVP season before the injury. That sparked a 12 point turn around and a 44-41 halftime lead.
If Rose is at full strength this season, the Bulls stand a great chance of contending for an NBA Finals title. Unseating the Heat is no easy task, but with Rose healthy two years ago they were able to secure a number one seed in the playoffs. The supporting cast is improved, if Rose shows he is still an elite player watch out for Chicago.
Senior Sports Editor
The Guardian Express