After impressing in his preseason debut last week, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose will start and have no restrictions in the Bulls’ regular-season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers, head coach Fred Hoiberg told the media Monday.
Rose played just 10 minutes in the Bulls’ preseason finale against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday, but he scored eight points and was aggressive going to the basket despite some continued vision issues. The oft-injured point guard underwent surgery earlier this month to repair a fractured orbital bone, and he’s been dealing with double vision.
With this in mind, Rose’s minutes will be monitored even though he’s not under a hard minutes cap. His conditioning is something to keep an eye on considering his shortened preseason, and it’s likely he doesn’t play big minutes because he won’t have the gas to do so.
Huge minutes in general is something Hoiberg wants to get away from this season:
Hoiberg said depth will allow him to keep most all players' minutes in 25-32 range.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) October 26, 2015
I’d expect to see Jimmy Butler play more than 32 minutes per game, but in the crowded frontcourt, there’s no reason to play any of those players over that number. As expected, Nikola Mirotic will get the start alongside Pau Gasol, moving Joakim Noah to the bench. How Hoiberg juggles that rotation will be one of the biggest story lines of this season.