Derrick Rose Expects to Be a Better Shooter When He Returns

by March 18, 2013

With speculation running rampant about the return of Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls superstar point guard has confidence in his improved jump shot and three-pointer. Per Yahoo! Sports: “Derrick Rose’s Chicago Bulls T-shirt was drenched in sweat after a 70-plus minute pregame workout at Oracle Arena last Friday night. He looked physically strong during the exercises. ‘I’m feeling healthy, man,’ Rose said afterward. ‘That’s the only thing that matters.’ But what matters now is Rose’s mental confidence in his surgically repaired left knee, which is critical for Rose before he pushes for clearance to make his season debut. When will that be? There isn’t a target date, but Rose is ‘at the end of the tunnel’ of his rehab, according to a source. […] Rose has not shot over 35 percent from 3-point range in his NBA career, but during his layoff he has spent time working on his 3-pointer and says he’s more confident in it now. The right-handed shooter also has been working on his left-handed runner shot. If Rose’s athleticism is close to what it was with his improved shooting, he can be even more dangerous offensively than he was before. ‘I see his improvement each and every day,’ head coach Tom Thibodeau said. ‘And as I’ve told him, we’ve waited this long and we don’t mind waiting until he is completely comfortable to play. And if that means a couple more games, five games, whatever it is. And that would be for any player, we don’t want to put someone out there that is not comfortable with being out there.'”