Refs' treatment of Rose irks Thibodeau

December, 30, 2011
12/30/11
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau lauded star guard Derrick Rose for consistently attacking the rim in Thursday night's 108-98 win over the Sacramento Kings.

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Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty ImagesDerrick Rose attempted six free throws in Thursday's win.

His words for the crew of officials on hand were less kind.

"Yeah, I think I'll pass that along to the officials too," he said while discussing Rose's aggression at the rim. "He was in an attack mode right from the start of the game and that's usually who he is. I thought he set the tone at both ends. He's got to drive with more force I guess. Sometimes I think him being such a nice guy goes against him too. He's driving the ball ... I think it's been [in the last two games] four free throws, six free throws, and he's attacking the basket. He's getting hit sometimes. We got to have him continue to do it and generate the force and force them to make the call, because right now he's not getting the call."

Rose also expressed frustration.

"I'm kind of mad," he said. "The refs got me messed up. Late in the game, it threw off my game a little bit. But I told you from the beginning, just attacking the hole. They're giving me open shots, I'm going to take them. That's what I tried to do tonight."

Thibodeau was unhappy that Rose wasn't getting more whistles on offense. Rose, on the other hand, seemed most displeased with the fact that he was getting too many whistles on the defensive end.

Rose, who finished the contest with five fouls, said he has tried to have more of a dialogue with the officials.

"I try, man," he said. "I don't know what it is. Even in preseason. Last year, a couple years [ago] I could go a whole game with one foul. [In the] preseason, they were giving me fouls, I wasn't even near the play. But that's something I've just got to get through. And that's something I just can't worry about."

Rose also voiced concern that he had six more turnovers on the night, but he is confident that number will drop during the season.

"That's from being aggressive, getting back into rhythm," he said. "Me attacking tonight, all of it felt new, but it made me feel good. Just knowing that I'm still capable of doing it. I'm just happy that we got the win."

The last word: "They're a team that a lot of people are talking about. And they have a lot of talent, obviously. We got to come ready to play from the beginning, from the start," -- Bulls center Joakim Noah on facing former head coach Vinny Del Negro and the Clippers Friday night.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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POINTS
Jimmy Butler
PTS AST STL MIN
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OTHER LEADERS
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AssistsD. Rose 5.1
StealsJ. Butler 1.6
BlocksP. Gasol 2.0