Derrick Rose: Without Him, the Chicago Bulls Are Not as Much Fun to Watch

Darrell HorwitzSenior Writer IIJanuary 21, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 09:  Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls drives to the basket against Greg Monroe #10 of the Detroit Pistons at the United Center on January 9, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Pistons 92-68. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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I'm going to admit something here that will shock you, but I left early from the Chicago Bulls game on Tuesday when they blew out the Phoenix Suns, 118-97. It just wasn't fun to watch, despite the Bulls clicking on all cylinders.

The game was never in doubt, and the final score was not indicative of how easily the Bulls won.

When you watch a game with teams you're not a fan of, you hope for a close, competitive game to keep your interest, but when your team is doing the blowing, it's a reason to high-five your neighbors and scream at the top of your lungs.

I am a fan of the Bulls. Some of those in the media like to say they don't root for a team—they root for a good story. That's a bunch of bull.

You didn't get into sports-writing if you weren't a fan to begin with. Somewhere deep inside is that fan wanting to come out, no matter how much you deny it.

I attended the game as media, knowing it was likely that Derrick Rose might not play. I hadn't been to a game yet this season, and Tuesday's game worked out with my schedule.

I've watched the Bulls since they came into the league in 1966. I've seen the good, the bad and the ugly, and believe me, there was plenty of ugly, especially after the Michael Jordan era.

You would think watching a team come together without their star player and playing the way they did against Phoenix would be as entertaining as hell, but it wasn't for me.

I remember during the Jordan era when fans would be bored with the regular season. They couldn't wait for the playoffs, because to them, the regular season games were like exhibitions until the real games started.

I used to tell those people that they better enjoy this because they're never going to see anything like it again here.

I was wrong.

I'm not saying the current edition of the Bulls is as good or more fun to watch than the Jordan Bulls were. It's hard to upstage six championships, but the current squad led by Rose is vastly entertaining. 

Even though they played great on Tuesday, I knew I wasn't going to see some move by Rose that made me jump out of my seat. There wasn't going to be something I had never seen before. Every game Rose plays presents that possibility.

Have I become a jaded fan?

I think so. He has spoiled me.

When Jordan left, I never thought we would ever have a player again as great and as fun to watch as him. Rose isn't as good, but he's just as much fun.

If I'm at home watching the game and I need to go to the can or make a snack, I do it when Rose is on the bench. I try not to miss a second of the action when he is on the court.

He didn't play again Friday night. I don't want him to come back until he's healthy, because you have to look at the big picture.

But without him, it's just not the same watching Bulls games, no matter how well they might play.

I'm wondering if anyone else thinks like I do?