How would Derrick Rose fare vs. Michael Jordan? Or his mom?
BY MICHAEL O’BRIEN Staff Reporter October 2, 2013 3:50PM
Updated: October 3, 2013 11:25AM
Now that Derrick Rose is playing basketball again, even hypothetical matchups are garnering discussion.
After practice on Wednesday, Rose said that he would destroy his mother Brenda on the court, but he wasn’t sure if he could beat Michael Jordan.
“I’m a guy where whoever is on the court I’m going to go at them,” Rose said. “It could be my mom on the court, she’s going to get killed. I could care less who.”
Rose said he would expect Jordan, a taller player at 6-6, to post him up throughout a game of 1-on-1 in their respective primes, so he would have to counter with fouls.
“If he was going to win the game he for sure was going to be beat up after,” Rose said.
Earlier this week, Jordan said he thought he could beat LeBron James back when he was in his prime. Rose stayed far away from discussing a possible one-on-one game against James.
“For someone like Michael Jordan, with the foundation that he left and the legacy that he left, the resume he has, he can say whatever he wants to say,” Rose said. “You are your own man in the end, it’s what you believe it’s not what anyone else believes about you.”
New backcourt mates
Jimmy Butler has enjoyed his first few practice runs with Rose at point guard.
“It’s been fun,” Butler said. “He makes everything so much easier. He’s out in the open floor putting the ball in the air for us to make highlight plays and he’s finishing himself. It’s crazy because I’ve never really done it before, I’ve just watched. It’s totally different.”
Butler went to Los Angeles to work out with Rose for a week this summer. He knows that Rose’s presence is going to give him more open shots, so his jump shot needs to improve.
“I think all of that comes with confidence,” Butler said. “When I was working out with him he was telling me when I missed a shot to just make the next one. That’s what a great leader and a great teammate is.”
The Bulls waived Kalin Lucas and Patrick Christopher on Wednesday, trimming the roster to 16 players. That leaves Dahntay Jones, Mike James, DJ White and Dexter Pittman competing for the final spot.