Report: Bulls’ Derrick Rose to make preseason debut Friday in limited minutes
Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose said he was still experiencing double vision as recently as Thursday, but he’s been cleared to make his preseason debut on Friday in limited minutes.
K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune has the details:
“It opens it up even more,” Rose said of the possibility of playing in the opener. “Every day my eye is improving. We’ll see how tonight goes. Everything I need to work on, this gives me a couple days to really work on it so I’m prepared for Tuesday.”Article continues below ...
Hoiberg said Rose would play two “four- to five-minute stretches” and play “seven to 10 minutes” overall. Rose’s first stint will come as a reserve with Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson up front. The plan is to start him in the second half with starting big men Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic.
“I wanted him to play with different combinations. I talked to him about it. He seems to be very comfortable with the plan,” Hoiberg said. “He’s going to be rusty. There’s no doubt about it. He was in practice. But it’s all part of the process to get him ready for the regular season.”
This doesn’t guarantee he’ll be ready to play on opening night when the Bulls host the Cavaliers on Oct. 27, but it’s an important first step in the process. And it’s one that Rose needed to take.
Under Hoiberg, the Bulls’ offense looks nothing like it formerly did when Tom Thibodeau was coaching the team. Rose is a talented enough offensive player that he’ll likely be able to fit into the scheme without a ton of practice, sure. But NBA offenses are becoming increasingly intricate, with timing down to the second. If Rose isn’t in the right place at the right time, it could cost the Bulls when the games start to count for real.