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February 27, 2015 Updates

Regardless of the timeline for Rose, the Bulls are likely to fill their 15th roster spot, though sources said it won’t necessarily be a guard. League sources said the Bulls have had preliminary conversations with representatives for Nate Robinson, Mike James and Jannero Pargo. Chicago Tribune

Harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd, you’d hope for more compassion. Derrick’s a bright young man. He’s a savant about basketball, like in the Cavs game just before the All-Star break. As soon as he saw LeBron defend Tony Snell, Rose had Snell head for the weak side above the circle so LeBron couldn’t play in the passing lanes for steals and those Snell threes opened up the game and limiting LeBron on defense. Rose will also recite to you like a coach strengths and weaknesses of every point guard in the league like you are reading a scouting report. NBA.com

I’ve also had some interesting discussions with him as he’s an avid documentary fan and is always watching them on the road. Once in lower Manhattan a few years back we were talking about the colonists taking down the statue of King George at the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence; because the hotel where the Bulls stayed was near that site. Perhaps he’s not always the most articulate—like so many reporters we know, right?—and being stubborn as many top pro athletes are he’s not one to back down even if something he says doesn’t come out quite right. It’s always a further sign of his maturity and professionalism I admire that he does his job as well as he can and carries respect for everyone else doing their job no matter how low they make take it sometimes. It suggests to me he’s much wiser than his critics. NBA.com

February 26, 2015 Updates

Nick Friedell: If the tear isn't too bad and they can clip all, or a piece of the meniscus, Rose could return to the floor much sooner than before. Remember, Rose and the Bulls decided to repair the same meniscus in Nov. 2013, not remove it, to give Rose a chance to elongate his career. Twitter @NickFriedell


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