Former MVP Nash praises counterpart Rose


Former MVP Nash praises counterpart Rose

The last point guard to win the league MVP award before Derrick Rose was two-time winner Steve Nash, whos currently in town as his Suns face the Bulls.

Phoenixs veteran point guard discussed his floor-general counterpart, Rose, at the Suns Tuesday morning shootaround at the United Center, and explained why the Chicago native whose scoring totals are down from last season, though his assist numbers, as he predicted, have risen has developed into more of a pure point guard.

Well, I think thats why hes such a great player, is hes able to adjust and hes able to grow every season, said Nash. This year his assist numbers are up. I think hes finding different ways to get his teammates involved in new situations, so he can take a little pressure off his scoring, incorporate more guys, make more of a balanced attack, which makes the team better.

So, my hats off to him, he continued. Thats why hes great, is because hes able to improve and adjust, even at his considerable talent level.

Nash obviously doesnt possess Roses athleticism, explosiveness or other physical attributes, so the fact that he gave his rival such a positive evaluation holds some weight.

While many see Rose as simply another shoot-first point guard, albeit more talented than most, hes stated on many occasions that he actually prefers to distribute the ball, as opposed to dominate the scoring action.

Rose still has a ways to go before his court sense approaches that of Nash, one of the NBAs all-time best passers, but as the future Hall of Famer noted, with continued development the skys the limit.

Lauri Markkanen has career-high 26 points in loss to Suns

Lauri Markkanen has career-high 26 points in loss to Suns

Lauri Markkanen continues to impress.

The 20-year-old rookie had a career-high 26 points in the Bulls' 113-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night. He also picked up 13 rebounds.

After the game, in which the Bulls fell to 3-11 on the season, coach Fred Hoiberg had high praise for the Finnish.

"I thought Lauri was phenomenal," Hoiberg said. "But when he is open, we gotta get him the ball. When he's got it rolling like he did tonight, guys were switching and we had him a couple of times with the point guard buried in his back and we didn't get him the ball."

Watch what Hoiberg had to say about the Bulls' tight loss in the video above.

Road Ahead: Bulls prep for Lonzo Ball and the Lakers

Road Ahead: Bulls prep for Lonzo Ball and the Lakers

The Bulls have a busy week ahead of them.

It will kick off on Tuesday when Fred Hoiberg & Co. take on Lonzo Ball and the Lakers in Los Angeles.

After that, the Bulls will head to Utah and face the Jazz on Wednesday, followed by the defending champ Golden State Warriors on Friday. Both games — against the Jazz and Warriors — will be on NBC Sports Chicago, and streaming live on the NBC Sports app.

See what Mark Schanowski, Vincent Goodwill, Kendall Gill and Will Perdue had to say about the upcoming week in the latest Honda Road Ahead.