HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Debate his MVP candidacy all you want, but don’t anyone question the leadership ability of Bulls All-Star Derrick Rose.
We’re not hearing it, not in the hideout and not today.
Because Rose is doing the walking and talking for the Bulls this season, guiding them to the best record in the Eastern Conference and demanding even better from his team even now with the regular season winding down.
The Celtics are coming to the United Center tonight (8 p.m. ET on TNT) and Rose insists that the Bulls’ best lately is just not good enough, telling the Chicago Sun-Times after a lackluster home win over the Suns:
“A win is a win. But right now we’re not moving in the right direction. If we’re trying to do something special, playing like this at home, we can’t do that.”
That’s the sort of talk you want to hear from the leader of your team. Hearing it from Rose, whose leadership abilities have risen in concert with his MVP status, should wake the Bulls up for sure.
He’s been pretty conservative with his words. So if he’s talking like this with the Celtics in town, knowing that these two teams could very well decide the Eastern Conference champion, or at least have some say so in who it will be, his intentions tonight should be obvious.
Win tonight and the Celtics quest for the top seed in the East is finished. And if these teams do end up meeting each other in the playoffs …