The Chicago Bulls are off to a 2-2 preseason start, and head coach Tom Thibodeau is of course unhappy with his team’s overall effort.
Thibs says some of his players aren’t in shape yet, and not-so-subtly warns about benching them.
Derrick Rose has heard all of this before over the years, and remains unfazed by his coach’s legendary (and loud) grouchiness.
Per the Daily Herald:
Asked about the team’s plight, Rose didn’t share his coach’s pessimism. […] “Not at all. Everybody’s got their own opinion,” Rose said. “As a coach, I think his standards are going to be high, very high just knowing who he is. For the team, all we can do is come in here and try to get better every day.”
Rose doesn’t even mind Thibodeau’s reminders about what goes into winning. […] “I’m numb to it now, used to it,” Rose said. “We came in today, we didn’t even speak about it. We know what we have to do. There’s only one goal, and we can’t let anything get in the way of that goal.”
“I’m looking at everything,” Thibodeau said. “Who’s taking plays off. Who’s doing their job. Who’s making multiple effort. Who’s in great shape. Who’s in poor shape. Why are we not functioning well. You look at everything. The regular season will be here before you know it.”