Thibodeau unhappy with lack of calls from officials.
Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has been critical of decisions made by officials regarding Derrick Rose so far this season.
The 25-year-old has struggled since making his return to competitive action, shooting just 28.8 per cent (15 of 52) from the field through his first three games.
However, Rose has been to the line just 10 times in those three encounters, and although risking possible punishment from the league, Thibodeau has expressed his concern with the situation.
“I’ll say this,” Thibodeau said, according to ESPN.
“I don’t know anyone who drives as hard as he does, nor as fast as he does. I think sometimes he’s penalized for being a nice guy. I’ll leave it at that.”
Rose was fined $25,000 back in March 2012 after he criticised the officials for a perceived lack of foul calls, and he appears to have learnt his lesson after remaining quiet on the subject when asked for his opinion.
“I can’t complain about it,” he said. “It’s just the way the game is going. All I can do is continue to drive and I guess try to get fouled.”
Furthermore, Rose has insisted that he isn’t letting his performances get him down, and he remains positive that he will have a break-through game which will act as the catalyst to improving his numbers.
Having shone in pre-season where the Bulls went undefeated in eight games, they face the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night hoping to return to winning ways after surrendering a commanding lead against the Philadelphia 76ers last time out.
It will likely be a tough encounter for Chicago, as their Eastern Conference rivals are 3-0 so far this season, with the likes of Paul George, Roy Hibbert and Lance Stephenson all starting well.