Rose asked Isiah Thomas for advice

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Rose asked Isiah Thomas for advice

No matter the side of town youre from, if youre from Chicago and involved in any credible basketball circle, then you know the name and legend of Isiah Thomas.

Known as one of the fiercest competitors and greatest point guards to play the game, The Hall of Famer was a 12-time All-Star and two-time NBA championship and named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History to go along with a resume filled with highlights and honors.

In knowing Thomas history in not only league history but Chicago hoops history, its no surprise that Derrick Rose reached out to the FIUs current coach seeking his advice.
As passed on by ProBasketballTalk, Thomas said he met Rose last season during a game in Detroit and that the Bulls point guard contacted him after Chicagos season was ended by the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.

"He was pretty down," Thomas said. "He asked me 'How did you do it? How did you win back-to-back championships at this size?' And my response to him was that once you understand your opponent and know your opponent better than you know yourself, you'll win."

Rose was last seasons MVP and helped the Bulls to the leagues best record. Shouldering most of the offense throughout the playoffs seemed to catch up with him and the Heat beat the Bulls in five games.

While the Bulls take all personal acknowledgments and criticism in stride always focusing on the team rather than one Rose has publicly placed the blame of the series loss on himself and his humble yet competitive demeanor has impressed Thomas.

"He's very courageous," Thomas said of Rose. "You've got to be courageous and you've got to make sacrifices in terms of your body to have success as a small man in the NBA and to win championships.

"And I emphasize win championships, because you can pile up statistics and great numbers playing a non-aggressive style and have a great career. But if you want to win championships, you have to pay the price and Derrick is definitely paying the price."
Derrick has already suffered through a turf toe injury this season and is dealing with back spasms.

The shortened season has made every team wary on how they handle players minutes, but Roses old school mentality is to play if hes able to; something that mirrors the toughness that Thomas entire career is defined by.

He's somebody where in Chicago, you definitely got to look up to, especially being a guard, winning championships in this league, said Rose.

The state of the Bulls after the first half of the season

The state of the Bulls after the first half of the season

Who are the Bulls? The team that beat Cleveland and Toronto or lost to Dallas, Minnesota and Milwaukee?

That's the question Bulls fans are currently asking and the one Bulls Insider Vincent Goodwill posed in the video above.

The Bulls have had impressive wins and shocking losses, but neither of those should be surprising at this point. The Bulls are, as Goodwill put it, consistently inconsistent.

The first half of the season has proven that Dwyane Wade still has some memorable moments left to give and Jimmy Butler continues to approach superstardom. On the downside, the drama surrounding Rajon Rondo has meant the 'three alphas' that were hyped up in the preseason haven't been the dynamic trio some Bulls fans had hoped.

Coach Fred Hoiberg doesn't have the shooters his system needs, but can he still rally the troops and get something out of Rondo?

Watch the video to see Goodwill's look back on the Bulls' first half and what could be ahead.

Five Things to Watch: Bulls host Mavericks in search of third straight win

Five Things to Watch: Bulls host Mavericks in search of third straight win

Watch as the Bulls take on the Mavericks tonight on CSN+ and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Bulls Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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Five Things to Watch:

1. What's Jimmy Butler got in store? On paper, Butler's performance Sunday night against the Grizzlies was nothing special. In fact, in many ways it fell short of his season averages. But Jimmy G. Buckets was on his game in the fourth quarter when the Bulls needed him most, helping them to a crucial road victory in Memphis. Tonight a fast start will be key against a Mavericks team that struggles to play from behind.

2. Dirk Nowitzki is back. The Mavericks are finally getting back to full-strength, and the main contributor to that is Dirk Nowtizki. The future Hall-of-Famer is finally rounding into form after an Achilles injury kept him out of the lineup most of the year. In his last three games, Nowitzki is averaging 20.3 points on 49 percent shooting.

3. There was at least some rumblings that the Bulls might have considered going after Ames native Harrison Barnes this past offseason. Instead, Barnes wound up in Dallas a potential building block for the Mavs. And he's looked pretty solid through the season's first half. Barnes is averaging 20.7 points on 48 percent shooting, 5.4 rebounds and nearly a steal per game in 36 minutes. It'll be a fun matchup watching him go against Jimmy Butler.

4. More 3-pointers on the way? It's easy to say that a 31-point outing will get you going, but maybe Doug McDermott can build on his career night against the Grizzlies. He hit 3 of 6 triples, made 10 of 11 free throws and even added six rebounds and a(nother) block. The Bulls will be able to run more against the Mavs than they were the Grizzlies, meaning more spacing for McDermott to find open shots. If he's hitting early, the Bulls are in good shape.

5. A three-game winning streak on the line. The last time the Bulls won three straight -- earlier this month -- it pushed them over .500. Now they've got a chance to reel off a third straight and again get back over .500. As poorly as the Bulls have played as a whole, the Eastern Conference is wide open at the bottom half of the playoff bracket, so these are opportunities they don't want to miss against a struggling team.

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