DRose set to return after season out with injury.
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has insisted that team chemistry and togetherness will help the franchise to success this season
Despite spending last year on the sidelines following surgery to repair a torn ACL, the 24-year-old has insisted that the Bulls roster has an advantage over their rivals due to their familiarity
The likes of Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng are still in the Windy City, and with the core of the team that reached the Eastern Conference Play-off Finals in 2011, Rose expects big things this year.
“I think we’re up there,” Rose said as reported by Pro Basketball Talk.
”We really didn’t make any big moves like some teams but with the chemistry that we have, I think in the sport of basketball that can take you pretty far. Some of those teams that you named are just getting guys, and you’ve got to get familiar with playing with a team-mate.”
Elsewhere, the Indiana Pacers have brought in the likes of Luis Scola, Chris Copeland and C.J. Watson this summer, while the Miami Heat, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets have all made key additions during the offseason who will all likely take time to settle.
That is where Rose believes the Bulls can take advantage, and he believes that his absence last year helped his team-mates learn how to win without him, which made them even better individually.
However, it is clear what the ultimate target is for the point guard, and he doesn’t want to settle for anything less this year despite speculation linking the franchise with big moves in free agency next summer.
“My only goal is to win a championship,” he repeated at a launch event for his new trainers, and Rose believes that Chicago has the right mix of players to do so.