Why the Bulls are so mentally tough

March 26, 2012|RedEye

Coaches from Bulls opponents continue to be impressed with how the team has played despite injuries to key players, including reigning league MVP Derrick Rose.

"When you have a group and a guy like Derrick Rose who is your leader, who is your hardest worker ... that's infectious," said Toronto coach Dwane Casey, whose team lost to the Bulls in overtime Saturday. "And [Coach]Tom [Thibodeau] and that staff have done a great job growing that team and having mental toughness to be where they are now."

Other coaches—including Philadelphia's Doug Collins, Indiana's Frank Vogel and Boston's Doc Rivers—have voiced similar sentiments.

So what makes the Bulls mentally tough? We have some ideas.

Tribune contributed

Tom Thibodeau

Between all the screaming he does and the film study he demands, guys would play hard just to make it stop. And, um, his track record of coaching defense doesn't hurt, either.


With these lovely ladies bouncing all over the court, it takes a focused player to keep one's mind on the game. Same goes for the Matadors, in a manner of speaking.


It's 85 degrees one day and 40 the next in this city. Planning one's wardrobe is a tall order here, which demands that players focus before they even leave the house.


Rose's fender bender March 13 on the Kennedy Expressway is an important reminder to stay alert behind the wheel. Buckle up and watch your speed, gentlemen.

LeBron James

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