A day after falling to the untouchable Miami Heat 94-91 in the Eastern Conference semifinal series, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said superstar Derrick Rose will be ready to compete this autumn.
Thanks to ballsy competitors like Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng, Kirk Hinrich and Joakim Noah, the fifth-seeded Bulls nearly forced the reigning champions to fly back to Chicago for a Game 6 on Friday night.
“We’ve got warriors here,” said Boozer, 31, who averaged 16.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 0.4 blocks over 49 contests. “If we’re healthy next season, we’re going to be pretty good.”
The 24-year-old Rose was medically cleared on March 8 and had been participating in full contact practices for almost two months.
Despite cries from fans and mounting criticism from onlookers, the youngest man to ever earn the Most Valuable Player award never did perform during the 2012-2013 campaign.
Although calls for Rose to resurface were entirely understandable, it’s hard to fathom the native South-Sider wouldn’t have been on the hardwood without a solid reason.
Plus, even with a blooming Rose, Miami was eventually going to scorch this particular version of the Bulls.
With the 2011 NBA Coach of the Year overseeing an extremely talented roster, the Bulls and a fully mended Rose will be more than “pretty good.”
In fact, with Derrick Rose “healthy next season,” the Chicago Bulls will seriously make the Heat sweat for Eastern Conference supremacy.by