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- After watching the game on tape again, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau had a greater appreciation for what guard Derrick Rose did Saturday against the Boston Celtics. Rose was awarded 19 free throws for his attacking style of play, where he went inside with the ball almost every chance he got. “There is no defense out there that wants to see Derrick Rose coming at them with a full head of steam,” Thibodeau said. “He went through the contact rather than trying to stay away from it.”
- Ever the defensive-minded coach, Thibodeau said there is a coaching advantage to having his players score at the free throw line. “It lets us get our defense set on the other end,” Thibodeau said.
- Hall of Fame forward Scottie Pippen said he hopes former teammate Dennis Rodman gets into the Basketball Hall of Fame, which has him on its nomination list this season. Rodman led the league in rebounding seven straight seasons and was named to the All-Defensive team eight times. Finalists for the Hall are announced during the NBA All-Star weekend. “We all watched Dennis’ career and we know just how good he was as a basketball player,” Pippen said. “I think we all got caught up in his antics, and things he did away from the game, and it sort of disrespected or took attention away from what he did on the basketball court. But he is surely a Hall of Famer.”
- Pippen said he does not think Rodman’s “antics” should keep him out of the Hall. “I want to hope the people who voted to get me in saw the same thing that I saw in an opponent and as a teammate,” Pippen said. “That would be a player who had a very high IQ, played at a very high level and at the end of the day proved to be one of the best who ever played the game.”
– Kent McDill