Blogs.Bulls.com

Sam Smith Archive

Sep 3

After four games in pool play for USA Basketball in the FIBA World Cup of Basketball, Derrick Rose is averaging 5.8 points on 26.1 percent shooting, two assists and two turnovers in 17.5 minutes per game.

No MVP chants. But Rose in Wednesday’s USA 106-71 victory over the Dominican Republic was arguably the USA’s most efficient and aggressive guard and …

Sep 2

You don’t want to examine the box score of Tuesday’s 98-71 USA Basketball victory over New Zealand to measure the effectiveness and impact of Derrick Rose.

Rose played 17 minutes, shooting one of six with two assists, a block and a steal.

There was no issue or question about the health of Rose’s surgically repaired knees, which has been the …

Sep 1

The FIBA Basketball World Cup is turning out to be a delight for Bulls fans. It has to be encouraging to have the most dominant player in the world tournament playing for your NBA team.

Yes, Pau Gasol is unstoppable.

Gasol, the Bulls big summer free agent acquisition, continued Monday to be the best and most dominant player in the …

Aug 31

That’s why the Bulls acquired Pau Gasol and stuck with Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler and Doug McDermott. It’s why they also lured Nikola Mirotic over from his team in Spain and took a chance on much traveled Aaron Brooks. And also why the Bulls may not be done yet.

Derrick Rose is going to have those kinds of games like …

Aug 30

We forget sometimes these days because it’s basically been so long. But there’s nothing like Derrick Rose blowing past a defender and power dunking, like he did early in Saturday’s USA 114-55 victory over Finland to open the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain.

There’s certainly no one on the USA Basketball team as fast as Rose, and when Rose …

Aug 26

Derrick Rose didn’t have a very good game Tuesday in USA Basketball’s 101-71 exhibition victory over Slovenia, the final tuneup before the start of the FIBA World Cup of Basketball Saturday.

Rose scored three points in 20 minutes with three turnovers, missing all three of his field goal attempts coming off the bench behind Kyrie Irving. Rose also had an …

Aug 22

Derrick Rose Friday provided some answers with a strong, healthy performance in the USA’s 112-86 exhibition game victory over Puerto Rico at Madison Square Garden.

USA Basketball’s response ended the questioning as Rose early Saturday morning was named among the 12 USA players for the FIBA World Cup of Basketball in Spain beginning Aug. 30.

The 12-player team is Rose, …

Aug 21

I received this email from a reader, Cameron Watkins, Thursday and it proved I was correct to learn recently how to operate email. Enough with Derrick Rose for a few days; he really is doing well, by the way.

“I’m ignoring all stories Derrick Rose for the time being,” the email read. “So I was looking around on basketball-reference and …

Aug 20

Get ready for the Derrick Rosa saga these, say, next 275 days.

Rose sat out Wednesday’s USA Basketball 105-62 exhibition game romp over the Dominican Republic to rest soreness in his knees or merely just to rest. It prompted a discussion on the NBA TV broadcast among Marv Albert, Grant Hill and Steve Smith about whether Rose should withdraw from …

Aug 19

Derrick Rose didn’t practice with USA Basketball Tuesday in their second day at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Relax, he’s fine, but this, obviously, is going to be an ongoing narrative given Rose’s medical history the last two years.

“I feel great actually,” Rose said in an interview with NBA TV, which was televising the practice. “My body …

BullsConnect Fan Blogs

more from BullsConnect