Legendary former NBA coach Phil Jackson told ESPN Radio that he thinks the Chicago Bulls need to attain more pieces to help reigning MVP Derrick Rose.
"I think they overachieved last year as far as record and how they got to the spots they got to in the playoffs," Jackson said yesterday on ESPN 1000. "They still have to have some steady shooters from the outside to complement the penetration they have, and then Carlos Boozer has to have that post-up game that he was brought there to give them.
"They just can't be one-dimensional in that regard. They have to have those complementary pieces to assist Rose in his game."
Rose helped lead the Bulls to an NBA best 62-20 record last season en-route to becoming the youngest MVP in league history. The upstart Chicago squad was eliminated in just five games in the Conference Finals to the Miami Heat. Rose, who had been the team’s top scorer all season long, struggled in the series to create shots for himself against his bigger and stronger defender, LeBron James.
Helping Rose on the scoring front in 2010-11 were Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng, each of whom averaged 17 points per game on the year.
Jackson is best known for winning 11 NBA championships as a head coach. He helped guide Michael Jordan to six titles with Chicago in the 1990’s, and helped the Los Angeles Lakers claim five rings in the late 1990’s and throughout the 2000’s.