Larry Hughes hadn't banged up his knuckles in practice late last week,
it's probable that he would've ousted top rookie Derrick Rose from the
starting lineup while new head coach Vinny Del Negro tinkered with
different combinations of players.
however, something to be said for getting a young player learning a new
system as many minutes as possible in the preseason before the losses
actually count. Also, why plunk a potential superstar on the bench when
so much has been invested in him as the future of the franchise?
Rose himself is
taking everything in stride, unsurprising considering his humble
demeanor, saying, "I don't need to start, but I'd like to.
"It gets me ready
for the future," he continues. "Even if I do come off the bench, I'm
learning from my veterans. They help me a lot because they know so much
more about than I do because I just came in this league. Either way, it
include Drew Gooden, who's played for four different teams and a number
of different point guards. "The rookie year is a rollercoaster ride,"
admits Gooden. "You're going to have a lot of ups and downs whether
you're starting or coming off the bench. It's just a learning
experience altogether… Derrick doesn't need to put any added pressure
on himself; he's doing a great job."
"Point guard is
the toughest position to pick up," says sixth-year Bulls point guard
Kirk Hinrich in reference to his own struggles as a rookie. "It's a
different game. I feel like he's done a good job of it so far, but it's
a huge adjustment."
head coach Vinny Del Negro corroborates Hinrich's claim that point
guard is the toughest to learn as a rookie. "[Rose] is young, and Deron
Williams in his first year, it took him a little while to get
accustomed the NBA. The point guard position is the toughest one to
learn… Some guys adapt quicker than others, but I think Derrick will
adapt very quick because of his personality and his work ethic. But it
does take time."
learning," Rose admits. "Like I always say about (the University of)
Memphis when I was there, I was averaging like five or six turnovers a
game earlier on in the year, but once I got comfortable with the
offense and my teammates, everything was smooth. It's going to take a
while, but I've just got to wait."
doesn't think that wait will take too long. "He's going to be a great
player. He's talented, he's willing to learn. We all believe he's going
to be a great player in this league, and a lot sooner than later."
Whether or not
Rose starts for the rest of the preseason is still in question, but one
thing is for sure: in the long-term, Larry Hughes doesn't stand a
chance against the promise of Derrick Rose. It's all just a matter of
how quickly Del Negro wants to plug his rookie point guard into that
permanent role of starter.