Down and Distance Season 2 EP 30: K.C. Johnson still views Rose as best on Bulls

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Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune Derrick Rose during player introductions before a home against the Kings on March 21, 2016.

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K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune Bulls’ beat reporter, joined Jarrett Payton and Shaun Davis to discuss the Conference Finals and his recent article diagnosing the on court relationship between Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler and whether or not it can work moving forward:

‘It’s less about who’s the better player and more about who’s the better fit.

Neither possesses knockdown 3-point shooting ability to play well off one another. Both prefer to have the ball. Butler has added a screen-and-roll element to his game that nobody envisioned when he first came into the league.
This has little to do with whether Rose and Butler like each other or get along. Simply put, the two didn’t play well together consistently last season with the Bulls getting outscored by 3.5 points per 100 possessions when both were on the court. If left unaddressed, their uneasy alliance will continue to have a negative effect on the locker room.’

K.C. Johnson also believes that he is in the minority, believing that Derrick Rose is still the best player on the Chicago Bulls and the best fit for what Fred Holberg wants to do moving forward.


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