Thibs: Rose will figure out how to adjust

February, 21, 2014
Feb 21
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
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CHICAGO -- Whenever Derrick Rose makes his return to the floor next season, Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is confident that his superstar will find a way to mesh his game with that of his teammates but not have to change his style.

Thibodeau was asked after Friday's shootaround if he is concerned about Rose having to become a new type of player now that players such as Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson have improved considerably this season.

"No, not necessarily," Thibodeau said. "And I always believe this: Great players will always figure it out. So I think it adds to what we already have. I think Derrick and Joakim have always had great chemistry. So it does give us a little more flexibility. There's things that we can do and were starting to do that with him when he was playing two years ago. But that's one of the advantages of a guy like Derrick. Derrick can play on the ball, off the ball, and he does both very effectively. So I don't see that being a problem. If anything it's a plus."

Thibodeau said he hasn't even broached the topic of Rose having to change his game with the injured star.

"We talk a lot about what's going on in the game and what he sees and what our opponents are doing and things like that," Thibodeau said. "But he's been engaged with (what's going on). He's in a good place right now, but he's a long ways away from practicing and playing. So it's more in general terms right now."

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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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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