Tom Thibodeau: Anyone can be Bulls’ finisher with Derrick Rose out
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org October 5, 2012 9:24PM
Updated: November 7, 2012 6:09AM
When it comes to bail-out, last-second shots for the Bulls, there’s been no question the last few years who gets the ball.
But with no definite timetable for Derrick Rose’s return, who’s the new closer?
In Tom Thibodeau’s coachspeak, it’s ‘‘everybody.’’
‘‘We want to make sure the ball moves, the easy baskets inside-out,’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘Anytime we can force two to the ball, we think we can create high-percentage offense. And then if you can get your opponent running around, you can get to a second shot.’’
Thibodeau cited veteran Rip Hamilton as one player who can draw two defenders and still create a play from it. Hamilton is healthy and will have a full training camp before this season, rather than being thrown into it, as he admittedly was last season.
‘‘Offensively, I’ve always been a player that’s known where to get shots, knowing that things are open and things like that,’’ Hamilton said. ‘‘Last year was like on the fly, ‘OK, how do I use Carlos Boozer to my advantage?’ ‘How do I use Joakim Noah to my advantage?’ Just to have training camp and get out there and play from the start is big.’’
Thibodeau’s starting lineup is no secret: Kirk Hinrich, Hamilton, Boozer, Luol Deng and Noah.
And, ‘‘I like the fact that we have several guys that can play multiple positions,’’ he said.
If the Bulls need to super-size, Deng would go to the two, 6-10 Vladimir Radmanovic can play the three, and some combination of Taj Gibson (6-9), Noah (6-11) or Boozer (6-9) would play the four and five.
Thibodeau gave the Bulls a ‘‘day off’’ Friday, but that still meant coming in and watching film and shooting around.