A sports editor for CBSChicago.com and 670TheScore.com, Cody Westerlund also covers the Bulls. Prior to coming on board in January 2014, he previously had covered college and high school sports in the Champaign, Ill., and Ames, Iowa areas. Westerlund graduated from the University of Illinois in 2010 and lives in the Lake View area now.
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Here’s a secret lost in the early season drama: Chicago’s defense has been rather average.
Rose is “a lot better,” but the Bulls are being cautious.
Was Monday a glimpse of the new Rose?
Joakim Noah didn’t finish Saturday’s game because of a minutes restriction.
Rose is dealing with two sprained ankles.
“My body’s holding up well,” Pau Gasol says. “We’re winning. So far, so good.”
“The whole city, this is home for me,” Butler says.
“It’s always good to measure up against the top teams,” Pau Gasol says.
The deadline for an extension for Jimmy Butler is by 11 p.m. tonight.
“He’s our guy” late in games, Kirk Hinrich says of Derrick Rose.
“I like to be on the floor when the game is on the line,” Gasol says.
Jimmy Butler’s been great, but Chicago’s second five has struggled mightily.
“We need to get an edge,” Tom Thibodeau says. “We don’t have an edge right now.”
Nikola Mirotic sparkled, and Jimmy Butler’s still not thinking about his contract.
“It’s a learning process,” Doug McDermott says.
From Butler’s contract to minutes restrictions to Noah’s knee, there was plenty to talk about Monday.
As always, Derrick Rose was the focus as the Bulls held media day Monday.
“That adversity, I think, has made him a lot stronger,” Tom Thibodeau says.
“He’s been outstanding, consistently outstanding.,” Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski says.
“My game is developing into a controlled game,” Derrick Rose says.