When Bulls assistant coach Del Harris approached Rose recently to discuss a missed assignment, Rose quickly acknowledged it, saying: "I know, I know, it was terrible. I can't believe I did that. I should have been over there, and the guy was open, and I missed him."
Said Coach Harris: "He is harder on himself than any coach."
Rose is also eager to learn. After each game, CHI coach Vinny Del Negro has Rose complete a questionnaire. Rose and Coach Del Negro review the completed questionnaires, then file them in a binder until the next time they play that opponent.
According to Coach Del Negro, who learned the technique from Dick Motta:
"Each one has six questions. What offensive sets worked well against this team? What defensive sets were they in? Who did you guard? Was he a post-up player? What was effective and what wasn't? What did you learn about this team, and what did you learn in transition?"
When asked what he learned during a recent loss to Boston, Rose replied:
"They never stopped talking on the court. They were aggressive with everything, always showing emotion. That's not my way. But to be a leader, I've got to do it."