The last memory Chicago Bulls fans have of their star point guard Derrick Rose on the United Center floor is him grasping his left knee and limping off in pain. Well, after 18 months of recovery, Derrick Rose made his season debut in Chicago in the Bulls home whites.
The Bulls were able to defeat the Detroit Pistons 96-81 to push their preseason record to 4-0. The Bulls had five players in double figures for the game with Derrick Rose leading the way with 22 points. He definitely looked like himself during the 22 minutes he was on the floor. He made a couple of nice moves shifting his body in the air and finding a way to put the ball in the net, you know just typical Derrick Rose things. Being a Bulls fan I think I speak for everyone when I say, it’s nice to see him playing the way he is.
The Bulls also got 12 points from rookie shooting threat Tony Snell. It was easily Snell’s best performance of the preseason. Carlos Boozer tallied a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Joakim Noah made his preseason debut, he played 20 minutes, had two points and eight rebounds. The Bulls played the game minus Jimmy Butler, he sat out with a left knee contusion.
The Pistons played without two of their key guards, Chauncey Billups sat out due to a coach’s decision and Brandon Jennings did not play because he got his wisdom teeth removed. The rookie out of Georgia, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope played 40 minutes for the Pistons and scored 18 points on 6-17 shooting, Caldwell-Pope also had seven rebounds in the game. Jonas Jerebko and Greg Monroe were the other Pistons in double figures with 14 and 10 respectively.
The Bulls will be back at the United Center on Friday evening when they welcome the 0-4 Indiana Pacers to town. The Bulls will look to keep their record perfect as they shoot for 5-0 on the preseason.