New York Knicks Derrick Rose took an early revenge against the Chicago Bulls after beating them at home, 117-104. Do the Bulls regret trading their former franchise player?
In the recent offseason, Derrick Rose and the Bulls parted ways after the former MVP was traded to the New York Knicks. This automatically declared Jimmy Butler as the new face of the franchise. Joakim Noah followed Rose in free agency and also joined the Knicks.
Rose and Noah’s performances last season made the Bulls decide to rebuild the team. After suffering multiple injuries, it is very noticeable that they are already not the players that can bring the Bulls to title contention. However, their first appearance at the United Center as Knicks proved that they still have something left in their tanks.
In the Knicks second victory, Derrick Rose had a double-double, posting 15 points and 11 assists while Joakim Noah added 16 points. Dwyane Wade led the Bulls with 35 points, and 26 points came from Jimmy Butler.
I am not happy about the Bulls catching this L.
I am happy for Derrick & Jo.
— Nillz (@TheBullsShow) November 5, 2016
Bulls’ fans must have a divided support for their home team and for the players they supported in the past seasons. Before the game, Jimmy Butler plainly addressed the issue he had with Rose and Noah last season.
“I don’t think guys had different visions on what it took to win. I don’t think everybody was on the same page, truthfully, for what guys’ roles was going to be,” Butler finally confessed to CSNChicago.com. “That’s what it came down to, to tell the truth. I think that you look at the talent each individual had, everybody wanted to show how good they could be on any given night.”
Despite their loss, there is no doubt that the Bulls are now a better team than they were last season. The addition of Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade have brought a hope in the Windy City, easing the departure of former stars Noah and Rose.
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