Thursday , Oct , 16 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Derrick Rose to Come off Bench?

The result?  Larry Hughes joined  Kirk Hinrich in the starting backcourt while Rose came off the bench at the 3-minute 37-second mark of the first quarter.

"We’re all with Derrick and his family, but this has nothing to do with that," Del Negro said. "We’re going to tinker with lineups a bit. We’re trying to get healthy and find ways to get guys in shape. Don’t read too much into that."

Hughes has maintained since the February 2008 day the Bulls acquired him from Cleveland that he’s a full-time starter. Rose is the No. 1 overall pick of the NBA draft. Something will have to give.

"I’m the type of guy who will do whatever it takes to win," Rose said. "If that means me coming off the bench, that’s what I’ll do."