Erase all the apprehensions Chicago Bulls fans! Derrick Rose will start for the Bulls opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers on October 27.
Newly-appointed Bull head coach Fred Hoiberg, according to the Chicago Tribune, will have Rose on 1, Jimmy Butler on 2, Tony Snell on 3, Nikola Mirotic on 4 and Pau Gasol on 5.
“I’m just glad to be back playing,” Rose expressed his confidence despite what will be a game with him still wearing the prescribed mask to watch over his recently operated left orbital bone.
With Rose still suffering blurriness in his line of sight, Hoiberg has maintained that despite the star point guard not on any official restrictions, the Bulls’ medical staff will in detail oversee his progress in the upcoming home game in the United Center arena. Rose showed limited number of minutes subsequent to his September 29 injury with barely 10 minutes of playing time recorded on last Friday in the Bulls outing against the Dallas Mavericks.
The 2011 MVP is up for a different task with Hoiberg’s play, calling as it rests on different side of the basketball spectrum from former coach Tom Thibodeau’s gritty, defense-oriented approach.
“I feel very fortunate to be in this position, to come to a team that we feel can be very competitive,” said Hoiberg who would rather focus on a high-speed offense, as quoted in NBA.
“If we do everything right, we’ll be competing at the highest level,” the 43-year-old coach with four straight NCAA appearances said optimistically.
It has been reported by Yahoo! Sports that the absence of Joakim Noah on the starting roster is entitled to the fact that the 2014 NBA Defensive Player of the Year is now tasked for a “coming-off-the-bench” role. The 6’11 center though was all assured of his new position saying, “Whatever is best for the team. It’s not about me right now, it’s about this team.”
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