Pau Gasol or Joakim Noah: Which Bulls Big Will Click Better with Derrick Rose?

Derrick Rose will have to develop some chemistry with Joakim Noah and former Los Angeles Laker Pau Gasol, and I can only wonder which one will click better with him.

Logic would dictate that Noah has the edge considering that he’s been Rose’s teammate since the 2008-09 campaign. Familiarity certainly helps, but it’s hardly the lone component working in Noah’s favor.

At the height of Rose’s powers, Noah was a terrific pressure-release point when teams trapped Rose. The former league MVP would swing the ball over to Noah and watch him create for the Bulls.

Noah’s playmaking alongside Rose was one of the major reasons the Chicago Bulls advanced to the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals at the peak of Rose’s dominance, despite an average offensive cast.

Interestingly enough, Noah’s improved on this front during Rose’ two-year absence (because of knee injuries), and opponents have noticed.

“He gets people involved,” said the Indiana Pacers’ Roy Hibbert in April, per USA Todays Jeff Zillgitt. “He’s their floor general out there even at the center position and you don’t see that a lot.”

The 29-year-old reigning Defensive Player of the Year is a good ball-handler and incredibly skilled passer as evidenced by his 4.8 assists per 36 minutes over the last two seasons. By setting up Rose and others, Noah will make Rose’s life much easier, which in turn will make them a good tandem.

As impressive as Noah was as a playmaker, his biggest contributions will primarily come on defense. Noah has always been a defensive beast because of his quickness and length.

At 6’11’’, he can switch onto perimeter players and hold his own. He does a great job of contesting shots and is a marvel in pick-and-roll coverage.

He traps, hedges or concedes the jumper while still making it a difficult proposition. As a result, Rose never got embarrassed off the bounce when playing with Noah because the center was always lurking in the shadows to thwart opponents.

Rose has never been particularly good at staying in front of players, but Noah helped contain some of the penetration with his help defense, which greatly benefited Rose.

To be fair, this is how things used to be. It’s entirely possible that Rose will be incredibly limited from a mobility perspective after two knee surgeries. He’s looked fine while playing for Team USA during the FIBA World Cup, but Rose could wear down.

As a result, it seems likely that he will have to recalibrate his game to better fit with Noah. Let’s not forget, Rose’s time away from the Bulls these last two years may have completely destroyed whatever chemistry he had developed with Noah.

Thus, Chicago’s free-agent acquisition (Gasol) has a legitimate shot to become a better fit with Rose.

Gasol, age 34, is a far more accomplished offensive player than Noah. The Spaniard provides the same kind of pressure release as his counterpart because he’s on par with Noah in terms of ball-handling and passing (both are averaging 3.3 career assists per 36 minutes).

This is the lone area where these big men are even offensively. Gasol has evolved to the point that he’s made 10 of 26 (38.5 percent) of his corner threes in the last three campaigns, per NBA.com.

Gasol’s is a low-volume long-range shooter, but the threat of him hitting jump shots will give Rose some much-needed space in the half court. That’s fantastic news for head coach Tom Thibodeau, and it only gets better.

Gasol’s a stud low-post player, which means the Bulls will remove some of the burden on Rose’s shoulders. Chicago will be able to throw the ball inside and get high-percentage scoring opportunities, and the Bulls’ best player certainly seems to welcome that.

“You think about Pau, him now being in the East, what he’ll be able to achieve with the way we play, the way we dump the ball in the post a lot,” Rose said in July, according to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley. “It could be great.”

In addition, Gasol is talented enough to warrant a double-team, and that will free up Rose to attack rotating defenders.

In the event Rose is physically compromised, this will be a great way to help him create his own offense without worrying about help defenders. In the same breath, a healthy Rose who gets to catch the ball with a head of steam is going to create highlights.

Granted, it’s fair to assume that most sound defensive clubs will rotate to Rose in this scenario. That still works for the Bulls because he is a willing passer just as well. When players flock to Rose, he will gladly hit open teammates for quality looks.

Thibodeau will be able to stretch the floor because of the cumulative passing effect of Gasol and Rose (when the play originates from post-ups), which will give Rose wide driving lanes.

The same is true in pick-and-rolls, where Gasol is terrific at reading defenses. He will alternate between diving to the front of the rim or floating out to the elbows to provide space for his ball-handler. If the opposition corrals Rose, it’s an easy pass to Gasol for a mid-range jump shot.

Gasol will be a great addition for the Bulls because he enhances Rose’s strengths and addresses some of the team’s weaknesses (post play and secondary playmaking). In turn, the Spaniard should be a great fit, at least on paper.

There is an area of concern, though. Gasol’s is nowhere near the caliber of defender that Noah is, which means the Bulls might be at a disadvantage when he’s on the floor.

Gasol isn’t exactly a spring chicken, which means it might be difficult for him to consistently help and recover back to his man. Last season, he sported a defensive plus-minus rating of 1.20 (31st among power forwards) and allowed opponents to convert 54.6 percent of their field goals at the rim, per SportVU data tracking.

As a reference point, players only converted 46.8 percent of their shots at the rim when Noah was there to contest.

One could argue that Chicago signed Gasol specifically to complement Rose on offense, but let’s not forget that the Bulls identity stems from their vaunted defense. Thus, it’s certainly conceivable on some level that Thibodeau might ride Noah for longer stretches alongside Rose.

Keep in mind, Taj Gibson is one of the best interior defenders in the league (he’s tough as nails), and that will earn him some minutes at the expense of Gasol.

I believe that will be the key difference when it comes to which player has the best rapport with Chicago’s starting point guard. Both Gasol and Noah will develop synergy with Rose, but Noah will be the slightly better fit.

The fact that this is a discussion point certainly bodes well for Chicago.

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Chicago Bulls: Derrick Rose In MVP Form For USA Team

Chicago Bulls: Derrick Rose In MVP Form For USA Team
By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…
As I was born in Chicago, live in Chicago and have 25 years on my belt as a fan of the Chicago Bulls, even though it is my job to cover the NBA with no bias, I care more about the health and play of Derrick Rose than if the USA wins gold in Spain. I’m sorry, I may sound like a traitor, but the Bulls are my team and I haven’t seen a Bulls championship since I was 9. The Bulls winning a title depends on the health of Derrick Rose and if he is healthy and in MVP form, the Bulls are 1 of the 2 best teams in the Eastern Conference and have their best chance of winning the East since that title when I was 9, so yes I am watching the games more to see how Rose plays and how he carries himself on the court more than Team USA winning. Regardless, he looks excellent.
He is playing off the bench for maybe 15-20 minutes per game, but when he plays he looks like, well, Derrick Rose. He has his qu…

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VIDEO: Man of Steel Movie Trailer Featuring Derrick Rose

There have been several videos made about the second return of Derrick Rose, some people are starting to get sick of them … others, well they’re just continuing to get pumped for an exciting Chicago Bulls season.
If you’re a Derrick Rose fan, you’ll like this … if you’re a Superman fan, you might be jealous.
Made by Micah Washington on Youtube, check it out.
#SeeRed

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WATCH: Derrick Rose makes Finland look silly on dunk

As Team USA starts it’s 2014 FIBA World Cup in Bilbao, Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose showed off his aerial ability against Finland. During the second quarter of play, Rose drove the lane and threw down a powerful two-handed slam dunk with relative ease against Finland: If you want another angle of the play, check it out from Bleacher Report’s Andrew Bailey: Derrick Rose is back, you guys! *** Derrick Rose monster dunk against Finland [Scott Rafferty] Gay image courtesy of Getty Images

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Derrick Rose monster slam dunk against Finland at 2014 FIBA World Cup

As Team USA starts it’s 2014 FIBA World Cup in Bilbao, Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose showed off his aerial ability against Finland.
During the second quarter of play, Rose drove the lane and threw down a powerful two-handed slam dunk with relative ease against Finland:

If you want another angle of the play, check it out from Bleacher Report’s Andrew Bailey:

Derrick Rose is back, you guys!
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Derrick Rose monster dunk against Finland [Scott Rafferty]
Gay image courtesy of Getty Images

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Derrick Rose Drives to Rim, Throws Down Two-Handed Dunk vs. Finland

Derrick Rose and the rest of Team USA may not be playing against top-tier talent on Saturday in their game against Finland, but it’s nice to see the Chicago Bulls star show off his explosiveness once again.

During the game, Rose crossed over the Finnish defender on his way to the basket, then threw down the two-handed slam dunk. Rose had seven points, two assists and two steals at halftime with Team USA up 60-18.

[YouTube, h/t CBS Sports]

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VIDEO: This Derrick Rose Promo Will Give You Goosebumps, The Return 2015

The Return 2015 – Derrick Rose promo video created by Youtube user JPM176.
No matter your thoughts on Rose, his injuries, his brother or his basketball skill – This will make you appreciate what he’s done if you’re a Bulls fan.
If this doesn’t give you goosebumps, you must not be breathing.
#SeeRed

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Derrick Rose: ‘I’m past my injuries’

The Chicago Bulls are excited about the upcoming NBA season, especially due to the health of their superstar point guard Derrick Rose. Rose has looked great so far with Team USA, and it appears that his confidence is completely back in both of his knees. If he can play up to his full potential, the Bulls are going to be a major force to be reckoned with this season in the Eastern Conference. Rose has been very open about the concerns that he has had about his injuries in the past, but he feels completely healthy and they aren’t on his mind anymore. The Bulls believe that they will be getting an improved Rose from the beginning of last season, and they have put together a roster that compliments him perfectly. Rose told Marc Stein of ESPN that his injuries are in the past. You can probably guess, given the rampant pooh-poohing to this point, what Rose had to say about the state of his health after logging an underwhelming 20 minutes off the bench behind starter Kyrie Irving in which he was clearly looking t

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Beck/Bucher: Do the Bulls Need Derrick Rose to Change His Game to Win a Title?

Derrick Rose will make his return to the Chicago Bulls this year with high hopes of capturing an NBA title.

Does Rose need to adjust his style of play for the Bulls to go all the way?

Howard Beck and Ric Bucher debate what the young point guard needs to do in the video above. 

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Rose poised for bounce-back campaign

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Derrick Rose is one of the premier athletes in the NBA. At just 22 years of age in 2011, he won the NBA MVP, becoming the youngest in league history to receive the honor. He led his Chicago Bulls to the number one seed in the Eastern Conference and they were ready to wrestle the throne away from LeBron James and the Miami Heat. They failed to defeat the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals that season, but they were young and ready to bounce back the following year. After signing a long-term extension with Chicago, suffered through various injuries in the lockout-shortened season. Then came the torn ACL in the playoffs. He missed the 2012-2013 season and came back last year but suffered another devastating injury to his knee. It was safe to ask if Rose would ever com…

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