Derrick Rose Says He's "Numb" To Tom Thibodeau's Perfectionist Style


Tom Thibodeau and Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose Says He’s “Numb” To Tom Thibodeau’s Perfectionist Style

The Chicago Bulls and point guard Derrick Rose have heavy eyes and expectations on them with Rose healthy and the pieces they added during the offseason. Conventional wisdom says they’ll be one of the top two teams in the conference. Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau has attributed a mentality of defense, toughness, and gritty play with his team, and he’s known to have perfectionist tendencies.

Derrick Rose says he’s used to that mentality, per Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times. Here was his response when asked if Thibodeau’s standards can become tiresome:

No, I’m numb to it now. I’m used to it. Like [Tuesday], we didn’t even speak about it. We know what we have to do. It’s only one goal, and we can’t let anything get in the way of that goal.

Everybody has their own opinion. As a coach, his standards are going to be high, very high, just knowing who he is. For the team, all we can do is get better every day, get the most out of every day and try to get better individually.

Rose seems to have embraced the mentality of his head coach, so much that he’s “numb” to Thibodeau’s style. You get that sense in every Bulls player, particularly in how they defend and compete while on the floor. Thibodeau establishes a set of standards for effort and discipline, and he doesn’t want his new and improved team to lose sight of that,

I don’t want them to fool themselves. To me, the big thing is understanding what goes into winning and how you practice and prepare and the work that’s necessary to put into it to get yourself in great shape.

That’s something you do every day. When you shortcut that process — I’ve been around a long time — I know it doesn’t work. I’ve tried to make that clear. When you watch film, it tells you a lot. For the team to function well, everyone has to do their part.

Point guards and their coaches don’t always see eye to eye. In this case, Rose and Thibodeau are entwined in their mentalities. Rose is “bought in”, as we like to say.


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