When No. 1 speaks, people listen.

"Booz, you see how he's looking," Derrick Rose said of Carlos Boozer. "He lost a lot of weight. He has been running great in practice, going hard.

"We have to play inside more. And our game is also at the top of the key, high pick-and-rolls, but we run away from them sometimes toward the end. The way he has been working out and working on his game, we have confidence in him."

Rose's comment almost got lost in the myriad angles and story lines that emanated from Sunday's Media Day festivities. Its gist got revived again Tuesday when the subject of Boozer's weight loss and conditioning flared anew because of how strong he has looked in practice.

Translated, Rose basically said: Get the ball to Boozer more.