Tuesday's 130-105 loss to the Charlotte Hornets marked the first time in Rose's eight year NBA career that the former MVP scored in single digits in three straight games, according to ESPN Stats and Information. When asked what he had to do to get his offense going, Rose remained steadfast in the belief he has in himself.
"Nothing," he said. "I'm not worried about my offense. It's all about conditioning, running, getting my body in shape, getting used to moving around. All the other stuff like offensive looks and all that, that's going to come."
Rose has been open about the fact he is still having double vision issues as he continues to recover from a fractured left orbital bone, but the larger issue for the Bulls is that Rose hasn't shown as much aggressiveness as he did during the first two games of the season -- as evidenced by the fact he has taken just two free throws in the last three games.
For their part, Bulls officials remain outwardly confident that Rose is just rounding his game back into form after missing almost all of training camp after the orbital fracture.
“Yeah, we gotta keep working on it, and I think that’s the biggest thing, getting him reps," Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg said. "You know, again, he basically had the first 20-25 days off, and then came back. The first game he came back he was great with the pace against Dallas. We gotta get him back to playing that way.’’
Hoiberg believes Rose simply needs more time with his teammates on the floor.
"Conditioning is part of it, but I think a big thing for Derrick is just getting his rhythm back," Hoiberg said. "I understand, it’s going to take some time, but again, hopefully we’ll bounce back with a good solid effort in practice tomorrow, and hopefully that carries over to Thursday [against Oklahoma City]."
Like the rest of his teammates, Rose was disappointed in the way they played defensively, but he said he actually liked the way he was moving the ball.
"This is the first time we ever looked like this as a unit," Rose said. "It seemed like everybody was off their square and the only thing you can do from it is learn. But as far as my performance, I love the way that I pushed the ball. Trying to get my conditioning under me, my legs under me a little bit more and wait til everything heals."