Facing a Bulls team minus starters Joakim Noah and Jimmy Butler and key reserve Kirk Hinrich Milwaukee Bucks coach Larry Drew figured it was time to pull out the measuring stick. Drew knew all too well that Derrick Rose could be handful enough. It was Rose who sent Drew’s Atlanta Hawks out of the playoffs three seasons ago during Rose’s last extended stretch of full health. Behind 24 points from Rose in his 27 minutes of play the Bulls dismantled the Bucks 105-84 on Monday to improve to 6-0 in the preseason. And Rose? ‘‘He’s back’’ Drew said. ‘‘That’s what I think. He’s just taking it where he left off. He’s a phenomenal player.’’ And he’s one Drew will see a lot more this season now that he’s coaching in the same division as the 2011 MVP point guard. ‘‘I will say I know the league is glad to see him back. Me personally?’’ Drew said with a laugh. ‘‘No I’m for every kid that goes through any type of injury like that have a healthy recovery and come back. He’s a tremendous talent in our league and I know the league is real excited to have him back.’’ Playing in his fifth game since sitting out all of last season while rehabbing his surgically repaired anterior cruciate ligament Rose was again in attack mode shooting 6-for-10 from the field including two three-pointers. Over his last three games Rose has scored 78 points. “For me I think I’m not getting enough’’ Rose said laughing after the latest win.
Derrick Rose once again strong as injury-laden Bulls blast Bucks 105-84
Chicago Sun-Times | Oct 22