HoopsHype Derrick Rose rumors
Nick Friedell: Rose: "Everybody that has an opinion about it, you can voice your own opinion, that don't mean I have to comment on them. Or I got to feel a way about it because I feel like I'm controlling myself the right way. I'm guiding myself the right way."" Twitter @NickFriedell
Returning from two years of knee injuries, such ancillary injuries are expected to be part of the process. Perhaps frustrating, they need to be dealt with in a rational and not emotional manner. It seemed at halftime Thibodeau understood that. “It was really nothing that happened,” Thibodeau said after the game. “Other than I didn’t want to take any chances with him. The way the game was going, the way we were going, I just felt at that point I wanted to go a different way. He’s didn’t reinjure himself or anything like that. I just didn’t want to take a chance. We’ve got a couple of days now, regroup and the way they were playing, the way we were playing I wanted to see if we could change it with a different type of ball pressure. I knew the start of the third quarter (with the Bulls trailing 56-49 at halftime), the defensive transition and the speed of the game (needed to increase). That was my big concern and I didn’t want to take a chance there. That’s basically it.” Bulls.com
Similarly, Rose agreed. “It wasn’t anything where I was limping or I pulled it again or anything,” said Rose. “It was just that I wasn’t moving the way I wanted to while I was on the floor. I wasn’t able to affect the game the way that I wanted to, so I came in here and talked to Thibs and we agreed on just sitting out. He initiated it and I agreed with him. I felt like I wasn’t where I wanted to be. We have a good team, so I just gave it a shot to my teammates. Bulls.com
Jonathan Rinehart: Per Bulls PR: Chicago G Derrick Rose WILL start and play tonight. #CHIatUTA Twitter @jonrinehart
If you watch closely, Rose grabs a sharpie along with the jersey and heads to the locker room, where he likely had the entire team sign it for the fortunate young fan. [UPDATE: According to the Bulls, Rose signed the jersey and brought it back out for the fan.] Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose and big man Pau Gasol will not play against the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night. Rose has a strained left hamstring, while Gasol is suffering from a strained left calf. "[They're] just not ready," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said before Thursday's shootaround. ESPN.com
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