Derrick Rose ‘has earned the benefit of the doubt,’ Thibs says
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org July 14, 2013 12:16AM
Updated: August 15, 2013 7:09AM
LAS VEGAS — For those who still are critical of Derrick Rose’s decision to sit out the season with the torn left anterior cruciate ligament that occurred in the first game of the 2012 playoffs, coach Tom Thibodeau had a message for them Saturday: “In my eyes, Derrick has earned the benefit of the doubt.’’
Even with the MVP point guard overseas on a promotional tour, Thibodeau has spoken to him on a regular basis, and looking back on 2013, he called Rose’s decision “smart.’’
“Derrick has been a terrific player for us, a superstar who has been a great guy,’’ Thibodeau said. “He’s an honest guy. If he says he’s not ready to go, he’s not ready to go.
“You have to trust him, and I think we all have to trust him. Once he gets started, our fans will be behind him, they’ll be behind the team.’’
When Rose returns from his tour, he will work out in Los Angeles. He has another promotional tour in China and will return to Chicago in mid-September.
First-round pick Tony Snell scored seven points on 3-for-9 shooting in his summer-league debut Saturday. Second-rounder Erik Murphy had six points before fouling out, which was quite an accomplishment because players get 10 fouls in summer-league play. Andrew Goudelock led the Bulls with 26 points in an 81-67 victory against the Memphis Grizzlies.
◆ Power forward Carlos Boozer was in attendance to watch younger brother Charles and was noticeably thinner. “I’m going to come in a little lighter,’’ Boozer said. “We’ve got D-Rose back, so our fast break is going to be a little faster, to say the least. I want to be able to get up the floor with him.’’