Derrick Rose rises up after Thibs talk

Bulls star got a rare motivational speech from his coach before shredding Spurs

Updated: February 18, 2011, 9:46 AM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- So apparently all that business from Tom Thibodeau about Thursday night's showdown with San Antonio being no more important than a well-run practice drill, was, well, hard for even him to swallow.

The Bulls' coach revealed an alter ego he had managed to hide from even his players, pulling Derrick Rose into his office before the game and giving him the pep talk of all pep talks.

"He gave me a speech about being aggressive, a motivational speech," Rose said. ...

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