As Derrick Rose Struggles to Recapture Glory, Bulls Left with Identity Crisis

November 24th, 2015 by Kevin Ding Leave a reply »

OAKLAND, Calif. — There was a time the torque-testing cuts and explosive bursts that had marked the gallant guard play of Derrick Rose had freed him and his family from the menaces of Chicago's South Side. They then took him from No. 1 overall pick to Rookie of the Year and NBA MVP for the hometown team before he even turned as old as Michael Jordan's jersey number.

Now, those gifts are becoming harder and harder to appreciate.

Last Friday was going to be a big night, with or without Rose. The Chicago Bulls were going to challenge the Golden State Warriors' perfect season. No one had come into the Warriors' house and lived to celebrate a regular-season victory since Rose's game-winner in the Bulls' last visit on January 27.

When Rose took to the Oracle Arena court this time for a pregame workout, though, there was no suspense. Hope had already been dashed. Rose had been ruled out well in advance because of a sprained left ankle that clearly was not exactly debilitating.

It mattered not how grand the stage could've been or how palpable the buzz in the building was—as usual—in the moments b ...

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