Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Deng will play, and Rose will play in 4th
For the second time in three days, general manager John Paxson disclosed that he discussed Derrick Rose's fourth-quarter playing time with Del Negro. Speaking on Comcast SportsNet's "Monsters in the Morning," Paxson said: "He has to be in there to continually learn. And he will be." ... In the same interview, Paxson called his relationship with Del Negro "very good" and said he had talked with the first-year coach more than he did with Bill Cartwright or Scott Skiles. "We knew when we gave Vinny the job that he had never coached before so he was going to make mistakes," Paxson said.

Bulls general manager John Paxson has made it clear to coach Vinny Del Negro that rookie point guard Derrick Rose should be on the court at the end of games.

''I've talked to Vinny about this,'' Paxson said Saturday during the WMVP-AM (1000) broadcast of the Bulls' 105-102 victory over Houston, in which Rose scored 16 of his team-high 22 points in the fourth quarter. ''Our future is Derrick. That's no secret. There are times that I feel -- and Vinny knows this -- that he should be on the floor at the end of games.''

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