CHICAGO - Derrick Rose was so antsy and "geeked up" to get back on the court he had to blast the music on his way to the arena.
Once he arrived, he certainly seemed in tune. Or at least close.
Rose scored 13 points and had seven assists to lead the balanced Chicago Bulls to an impressive 92-85 season-opening victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night.
Rose, who missed most of the preseason because of pain in his right ankle, waved to his mom in the crowd and blew her a kiss before the opening tip. He then showed some of the explosiveness that carried him to the Rookie of the Year award last season.
“I was geeked up in the car listening to the music, just getting ready for the game,” Rose said. “I was ready.”
Was the ankle an issue?
“Not at all,” said Rose, who played 33 minutes.
He penetrated and delivered some dizzying spin moves that drew roars from the crowd, showing few signs of the pain that had bothered him the past few weeks even if there’s still some rust to scrape away.
Rose had plenty of help, and Chicago pulled away in the second half despite Tim Duncan’s 28 points and 16 rebounds for the Spurs.
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