Upon further reflection, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, a notorious perfectionist, wasn’t at all displeased with his team’s effort in Thursday night’s 82-81 home-opening win over the Knicks at the United Center, according to superstar point guard Derrick Rose.

“Thibs, actually, he wasn’t that hard on us [Friday]. He said he looked at the film and saw that everything was running smooth. Offensively, just getting into the backside of that action and making sure that everything is ran correct, making sure everyone is in the right place. Execution just comes with running plays and practicing very hard. It comes with just time. We know that as a team. All we can do, like I said, is get better individually,” said Rose, who hit the game-winning shot with 5.7 seconds left in the contest. “The chemistry part, it can always get better. I think we have a great upside. I think we can be a great team. All of us have been working out individually, like super hard, so when you have that going all it is, it’s timing and rhythm. Then everybody will be going together.”

Rose said he’s still experiencing some soreness in his neck, but is improving by the day and wouldn’t use it as an excuse for his 7-for-23 shooting night.

“Not at all. I was just missing my shots. Explosiveness, I think was there. I was just missing shots,” he said. “It’s getting better every day. Still getting treatment, it’s getting better, but still work on my game.”

Rose wore black tape on the back of his neck called Kinesio-Tape at Friday’s practice after wearing it in Thursday’s game.

“[The tape help keeps his neck] stable. When you have a crick in your neck it keeps it in place, so it’s helped me out a lot,” he explained. “I’ve used it before. Not really on my neck, it was my calves and stuff. It was really the first time we’ve used it on my neck, but it helped out a lot. I was able to still go out there and play the game.”

Thibodeau insisted he wasn’t concerned about Rose’s shooting numbers, although the point guard has gone 11-for-38 from the floor after displaying stellar accuracy from the field in the preseason.