Rose's debut a success as Bulls top Bucks

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Derrick Rose came an assist shy of a double-double as the Bulls beat former head coach Scott Skiles and the Milwaukee Bucks 108-95 in the season opener Tuesday night at the United Center.
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George

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#21
Oct 29, 2008
 
Larry Hughes is known for his defense. He's pretty quick and plays tough. but he hasn't been the same player since he left Washington. Hopefully he can come back and be what he once was. They guys not old and has plenty of good basketball left to play.

Ben Gordon has always been better off the bench. We've tried starting him before and it didn't work. Some guys are just better off the bench for some reason.

GO BULLS!!!!
EBF

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#22
Oct 29, 2008
 
Something crazy happened last year. The Bulls, a team that some said could contend for the East turned out to be a lottery winner. With the odds stacked against them, the Bulls somehow came away with the #1 pick in the draft and chose a star who was born and raised in Chicago. When things like this happen, it serves as a reminder to all of us that magic isn't make believe after all. The only reason people doubt it's existance is because it doesn't take place when they want it to. It's random. Kinda like when Hakeem and Sam Bowie were taken one and two, allowing the super spectacular Micheal Jordan to land safely in Chicago at number three. Now if that wasn't magic, please tell me what is. Perhaps last year's spiral will wind up leading us back to winning Bulls basketball.
slim jim

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#23
Oct 29, 2008
 
I hope they get rid of Larry Hughes, PRONTO! And I wish we had Alridge!
acw

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#24
Oct 29, 2008
 
These are my conclusions after this game:
1.) Rose is a legit point guard in this league. He had a near double-double in his debut, that's pretty good. I would like him to be a little more aggressive and look for his shot more, but for his debut it was a nice start.
2.) Tyrus Thomas has finally arrived. He continued to build on a strong pre-season. He was active and aggressive. He was altering shots, and he was in the passing lane. Despite all these good things, he could still improve, which is scary. His jumper looks 10X better than last year. If he can be consistent with that, his whole game will open up. Derrick and him will be a nice combo going forward.
3.) Luol impressed me last night. He didn't settle for jumpers, and was constantly attacking the rim. He is near unstoppable with his length at the rim. If he can do this all year, he will be an All-Star.
4.) Gordon should be a starter. He is the best shooter on the team, and his ability spreads out defenses. Rose's penetration will only get him more open looks.
5.) The perimeter defense needs to improve. Redd and Jefferson got far too many open looks out there. If we can shore that up, we will be ok.
6.) Hinrich played a pretty solid game, but he dribbles way too much. Offense becomes stagnant when he is running the point. I also don't like his shot selection.
7.) I know this was Del Negro's first game, but his substitutions were bothersome. Deng had like 13 points in the first quarter. He didn't see the floor till 4:00 min left in the half. Also, I wish he would have tried the Gordon/Rose combo earlier. Overall he did a good job.
8.) Bench scoring and fast break points are how we will win, we need to keep it up.

Overall it was a good game and pretty exciting. We were playing the Bucks, so I won't get too happy over it, but a nice start to our season.
Tom

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#25
Oct 29, 2008
 
Grish wrote:
The jumpers were falling and all was good in the Bulls world. Playing Boston in a couple nights will be a splash of cold water in the face.
Grish has it right. I'm glad we won. We'll take a win any night we can. But we played the Bucks, who most analysts pick to end the season with a worse record than Chicago. And it wasn't easy for us. The lead must have changed hands two dozen times. So I'm all for feeling good about last night. But let's hold off on measuring these Bulls until the end of December. As tough as November and December are going to be, that will be a better test of their desire and hustle.
Damani

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#26
Oct 29, 2008
 
1 down 81 to go!!! I am not expecting the Bulls to beat the Celtics, but it will be nice to see them compete hard and give the Champs all they can take. If the Bulls play fast, and hard they will be the team the higher seeds will be trying to avoid in the playoffs!!!!
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#27
Oct 29, 2008
 
yes, BULLS....now lets beat the CELTICS....and guys leave BEN GORDON alone he is DA MAN...!!!
Fred

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#28
Oct 29, 2008
 
dave wrote:
Bulls trading Hinrich & Thabo for Al Harrington?
http://www.rumorpress.net/...
True or False, KC?
Harrington isn't a low post monster. He's more like Nocioni - his numbers are a shade higher, but he's definitely not as likeable. For the Bulls to pass on Garnett and Kobe, only to get rid of two great guards for a mediocre forward just shifts crowding from the backcourt to the frontcourt and doesn't turn the Bulls into "instant contenders".
I say bad idea. Don't pull the trigger just to shake things up, Pax. You should be able to find something better.
That is a great trade. The Bulls are not going to win the NBA championship within the next two years. They would get 20 million off the salary cap next year with Hinrich and Harrington gone. Add Hughes 13 million when his contract expires in 2010 and then you can afford any of these free agents in two years:
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, Josh Howard, Chris Bosh.
Starting 5 - Rose, Wade, Deng, Thomas, Bosh?

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