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News » Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2008-06-30

Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2008-06-30

Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2008-06-30
The dream came true for both Derrick Rose and the Bulls on June 26. Rose was chosen by his hometown team with the top pick of the NBA Draft, while the Bulls can officially enjoy their jump from ninth to first in the draft order, thanks to some extreme lottery luck.

Rose has all the tools to become the league's next elite point guard. He has good size (6-foot-3), impressive athleticism and has been a big winner during his career. After leading Chicago's Simeon High School to two state championships, he carried Memphis to the NCAA title game before losing in overtime to Kansas.

"I think he's a special type of talent," general manager John Paxson said. "I think he has a unique strength component and speed component that a lot of point guards in this league don't have.

"Very honestly, at the end when we made our decision, it was unanimous among our scouts and coaches and myself. This is the direction we all wanted to go. It has nothing to do with the talent of (Kansas State forward) Michael Beasley. This had everything to do with the direction we felt was right for us."

Rose is very soft-spoken but did manage to express how excited he is to be playing for the Bulls after growing up on the city's South Side, following his three older brothers to the local basketball court.

"Of course there's going to be pressure, but I'm used to playing in Chicago," Rose said after the draft. "It means a lot. They had great players like Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and all them ... B.J. Armstrong. Just knowing that I can be a part of that history is amazing. Being a Chicago boy playing there, I just can't wait."

Armstrong, the former Bulls guard, is Rose's agent.

In the second round, the Bulls acquired 7-foot Turkish center Omer Asik in a three-team trade involving Portland and Denver. Asik, 21, is expected to remain overseas for a few years.

SEASON HIGHLIGHT: For lack of a true highlight, it might be the 135-121 victory over Denver on Feb. 22. The game was played the day after Ben Wallace and Joe Smith were sent to Cleveland and before newcomers Drew Gooden and Larry Hughes were cleared to play. That night, the Bulls' core group of young players actually seemed enthused about sharing the ball and recorded a rare win over a good Western Conference team.

TURNING POINT: The only candidate is Oct. 31, a harrowing Halloween night in New Jersey that set the stage for a brutally disappointing season. The coaching staff felt the team looked terrific during the first two weeks of training camp. But by opening night of the regular season, top scorers Ben Gordon and Luol Deng had turned down the team's offers for contract extensions, Kobe Bryant trade rumors dominated the locker room and the Bulls lost in overtime to the Nets, the first of four straight losses to open the season. Things never got any better.

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