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November 14, 2014 Updates
November 13, 2014 Updates

When asked how satisfied he is with his game, the former league MVP offered a glimpse into how much his mindset has changed since the injuries have started to pile up. "I'm good, man," Rose said. "I felt like I've been managing myself pretty good. I know a lot of people get mad when they see me sit out or whatever, but I think a lot of people don't understand that ... when I sit out it's not because of this year. "I'm thinking about long term. I'm thinking about after I'm done with basketball. Having graduations to go to, having meetings to go to, I don't want to be in my meetings all sore or be at my son's graduation all sore just because of something I did in the past. [I'm] just learning and being smart." ESPN.com

After initially spraining both ankles Oct. 31 against the Cavaliers, Rose tweaked the injuries on Nov. 5 against Milwaukee and sat out two more games. The good news for the Bulls is that Rose looked much more comfortable going to the rim in Monday night's win over the Pistons. He scored 24 points and had seven assists in 32 minutes. "I feel good," Rose said. "Just happy that I took the days off. Lifted a couple of days, really got some lifts in and got my body together and just try and continue to be positive and keep things going." ESPN.com

In a taped interview with TNT's Rachel Nichols, Rose expanded on how the knee injuries brought his athletic mortality into focus. "I probably just think different," Rose said. "I think further on into my career, further on into my life, and I'm just trying to plan things out. I was just being myself and that's all I could be, so I could care less (about a backlash). It doesn't affect me at all. It affects people around me more than me. "Every time I step on the court, I give it my all. But I'm just learning my body, learning from my mistakes, and people got mad about that." Chicago Tribune

According to an internal league memo which ranked the projected profitably of each team for last season on the basketball side of their business, the Lakers - who have a local television deal with Time Warner that is worth up to $5 billion and could last up to 25 years – led the league at $100.1 million. The Chicago Bulls were a distant second at approximately $61 million, and the Spurs – who were among the 21 teams projected to be profitable – were in sixth place. According to a person who has the memo which was first revealed by the web site, Grantland, the Spurs' profits were projected at $26.1 million. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the memo was private. USA Today Sports

November 12, 2014 Updates

John Lucas III: I just SMH at some of the stories that I read About my homie D Rose. It's funny how when u speak the truth about something they still find. Away about saying something negative about you. If they only knew what he has put his body thru to get back. So they can miss me with this. Twitter

November 11, 2014 Updates

So he preached what he has preached with regularity lately -- transition defense, blocking out on rebounds, adhering to defensive game plans, setting good screens -- at his post-game press conference Sunday and again at his pre-game press conference Monday. He then watched the Pistons fail at every single element as Chicago took a 60-44 halftime lead. "We didn't guard anybody," Van Gundy said. "They had 60 points, they had 12 fast-break points, at halftime. We didn't guard anybody. We didn't compete." Booth Newspapers

November 10, 2014 Updates
November 9, 2014 Updates

From the moment Brooks signed with the Bulls over the summer, Thibodeau has raved about the diminutive point guard. He loves Brooks' toughness, he loves his ability to create offensively, he just loves his game. Over the course of just a few short months, the pair has formed a bond that will be hard to break over the course of the season. That bond was evident again on Saturday night as Brooks scored 26 points, 19 in the fourth quarter, in the Bulls' 106-101 loss to the Boston Celtics. "I came in here lacking confidence," Brooks admitted. "Even when I doubted myself, he was there to tell me, 'You know what? I've watched you play, you've done well' and just to keep working hard. It's been a breath of fresh air for me." ESPN.com


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