Ah to be young without a care in the world, when you can operate on instinct and flow where the current takes you.

Take Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, for instance. The supremely confident point guard was asked about this weekend’s Bulls schedule, which offers the first instance of back-to-back games this season, and whether or not it will make a difference in his decision to play Friday with a strained right hamstring.

“We got back-to-back?” Rose said with his eyebrows raised. “I didn’t know that. But I should be ready. I’m not worried about that.”



It isn’t just any back-to-back either. After the Bulls play at Toronto on Friday night, they return home Saturday to play the undefeated Indiana Pacers (8-0), who already are threatening to run off and hide in the both the Eastern Conference and Central Division.

Give Rose this: His focus is on the next opponent and nothing else. On the flip side, he’s probably not an easy guy to make dinner reservations with.

Those who are well aware of the Bulls’ first challenge with back-to-back games include the coaching staff and the veteran players who will feel the wear and tear the most.