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Jarvis Greer

Former Tiger Rose Smells Sweet in NBA Debut Despite Some Thorns

CHICAGO (AP) - Derrick Rose elicited oohs, aahs ... and groans.

Luol Deng and Ben Gordon provided enough big shots to lead the

Chicago Bulls to a 108-95 victory over former coach Scott Skiles

and the Milwaukee Bucks in the season-opener Tuesday.

Deng scored 21 points and Gordon added 18 to offset Michael

Redd's 30.

Rose, the No. 1 draft pick out of Memphis and a Chicago native,

wowed fans with his quickness and strength but mixed in enough

mistakes to remind them he is a work in progress. He finished with

11 points, nine assists and four turnovers.

Rose, who led Memphis to the NCAA championship game in his lone

college season, heard a loud roar from the crowd during

introductions. Then, reality delivered a hard smack.

Seconds into the game, Redd picked off a pass and scored on a

fadeaway, and a collective shiver went through the crowd just over

a minute later. Rose, who left the preseason finale against

Milwaukee with a minor hip injury, clutched his left thigh after

being fouled. He hit one of two free throws and eased any concerns

moments later when he cut around two defenders for a transition

layup.

At times, he looked like a star. Other times, he looked like a

rookie - albeit one with promise.

The Bulls are looking for Rose to lead them out of the mess they

created last season, when they went from 49 wins to 49 losses while

bickering with each other and the coaches. They took him over

Michael Beasley and gave him the keys to their offense.

Notes: Bucks C Andrew Bogut, bothered lately by a sprained left

ankle, had nine points and seven rebounds. PG Luke Ridnour started

and delivered seven points and four assists after missing practice

with a back injury. ... Del Negro decided to start the 6-foot-7

Thabo Sefolosha at shooting guard and bring Hinrich off the bench,

adding some height to the starting front court and giving the

second unit an experienced ball-handler. ... The Bulls named

Hinrich, Deng and Drew Gooden captains.

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