Derrick Rose, Like Chicago Bulls’ Offense, Is a Work in Progress

October 27th, 2015 by Sean Highkin Leave a reply »

CHICAGO — The double vision still hasn’t entirely gone away, but that’s only half of Derrick Rose’s worries.

The task that Rose faces this season is twofold: He has to learn a new offense while also learning how to play with new physical limitations. Both of those things were on display Tuesday, as the Chicago Bulls kicked off the Fred Hoiberg era with a 97-95 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. And both of them are very much works-in-progress, with plenty of reason for optimism but a world of room for improvement.

After spending his first healthy summer in four years working out with his sights set on a major comeback, an inadvertent Taj Gibson elbow to the face robbed Rose of most of training camp. He suffered a fractured orbital bone below his left eye that required surgery, and when he showed his face during camp, it was visibly swollen and usually covered up by a mask.

Rose was fond of telling reporters during camp that he could see two of them, and it didn’t subside to a manageable level until Friday, when he played 10 minutes in the Bulls’ preseason finale.


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