At least one fan didn't get too wrapped up in Derrick Rose's first game at the United Center since tearing his left ACL on April 28 2012. That would be Rose's 1-year-old son. "He's still confused right now when he sees me play on TV" Rose said. "When he sees a poster of me anywhere it confuses him. I can't wait until the day when he knows I'm actually playing." The day many local fans couldn't wait for finally arrived Wednesday night. Rose attacked the rim aggressively and explosively and the Bulls downed the Pistons 96-81 to improve to 4-0 in exhibition play. Rose finished with 22 points and two assists in 22 minutes continuing the strong play that got derailed briefly when he skipped Saturday's game in Rio de Janeiro with left knee soreness. Rose who had struggled at the line in his first two appearances sank 9 of 10 free throws. And actually another person didn't get too wrapped up in the moment either. "Derrick is the same every day" coach Tom Thibodeau said. "He has a poker face." The game also featured Joakim Noah's 2013-14 debut Taj Gibson continuing his torrid preseason and a breakout game for first-round pick Tony Snell. Noah who missed the first three games with a sore groin finished with two points and eight rebounds in just fewer than 20 minutes. Thibodeau called his defense "outstanding" and lauded his reaction to the ball. "Usually my lungs are bleeding on that first game back" Noah said. "But I actually felt pretty good. I thought my timing was better than it was going to be. Obviously I have a ways to go. But I felt good out there." Gibson whom Thibodeau has called the Bulls' best player in camp capped his double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds with a thunderous dunk. And Snell who had missed 11 of 13 shots entering added 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting. "I felt more comfortable" Snell said.
Rose just going about business
Chicago Tribune | Oct 17