Derrick Rose Proving He Is Still Very Much Involved in Chicago Bulls’ Future

May 1st, 2015 by James Davis Leave a reply »
Since the 2011-12 NBA campaign, the Chicago Bulls have played 312 regular-season games—212 of them without Derrick Rose. This club also managed to clinch two playoff berths in his absence, save for a handful of games played in 2013, and cranked out 50 wins this year despite Rose missing 31 contests.

One could argue that the Bulls are in a position where the services of a certain former MVP are no longer needed given the improvement of the talent on this squad, but the reality is that Rose has shown he is still the cornerstone of this franchise for the foreseeable future.

A comprehensive look at this group’s performance both with and without the 26-year-old point guard will show that even with an improved roster, Rose is the hub that holds the spokes together. This is the case now and will be going forward.


What “The Return” showed

It takes a unique player to influence the outcome of games with this presence as well as performance; fortunately for the Bulls, Rose is that type. Looking at their final regular-season game log shows a huge disparity in performance when the former Memphis Tiger doe ...

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