Isaacson: Extension was smart money

October, 1, 2012
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Isaacson By Melissa Isaacson
ESPNChicago.com
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Tom ThibodeauDavid Banks/US PresswireTom Thibodeau won coach of the year honors his first season and finished second last season.
DEERFIELD -- If the Bulls are still considering who to put on the cover of their first game program this season, they might consider the current glue of the organization, the one guy they have been able to count on consistently these last two years.

The face of the franchise, Tom Thibodeau is not. And there isn't a knee brace big enough to make us forget that Derrick Rose is now and for the foreseeable future, that guy.

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Melissa Isaacson

Columnist, ESPNChicago.com
Melissa Isaacson is a columnist for espnW.com, ESPN Chicago and ESPN.com. The award-winning writer has covered Chicago sports for most of her 31-year career, including at the Chicago Tribune before joining ESPN in 2009. Isaacson has also covered tennis since 1986.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Derrick Rose
PTS AST STL MIN
15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Noah 11.3
AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.9
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5