The Bulls are quiet because talking about a 6-52 mark since Michael Jordan left town is painful. And this season's task is no easier with a brutal schedule that begins with back-to-back games against the defending Western Conference champion Lakers on Tuesday and up-and-coming Portland the next night.
chat from hoopsworld ...
Q: Has Derrick Rose cracked the list of top 10 pgs in the league?
Top PGs in the league (in the order they pop into my head) . . .Chris Paul, Tony Parker, Chauncey Billups, Deron Williams, TJ Ford, Jose Calderon, Baron Davis, Rajon Rondo, Steve Nash . . .you could make a pretty good argument that Rose goes at 10, althought Jason Kidd, Mike Bibby, and Mo Williams are right there.
Q: Two of the top 5 pgs(Nash and Kidd) were out shined and out played by Rose. Is it beginners luck or is he goinf to join D-will and CP3 as the leagues next great pgs?
There's no such thing as beginner's luck twice. For a rookie to take those guys to school is quite an accomplishment. Rose might just be scary good in a season or two!
Q: Seems like the Bulls are finally meshing and learning to play with Rose. Plus Gordon and Deng have been playing very well lately. Are the Bulls gonna be an above .500 team?
The way they're playing right now? They might be a playoff team! You nailed it - they got used to Rose quickly!
Q:You called it Bill. Lindsey Hunter is now with the Bulls. In what aspects of being a PG will Hunter really help develop in Rose? Is it a good signing by the Bulls?
A big part of the game is mental, and about preparation. Hunter's days of putting up big stats are basically over, but he is still one of the toughest-minded guards out there. Just ask Chauncey Billups! He's also a very good defender and has championship savvy. You want guys who can help your rookies from a character and maturiry standpoint, and Hunter really fits that bill. He'll be like another coach for Rose.