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"There's no truth to it at all," Rose told USA TODAY Sports this week when asked if Thibodeau had lost his locker room. "Thibs, he's been doing a great job of preparing us — every game, every practice, every shoot-around. He's been preparing us great. As far as us coming out and losing games, it has to do with the team, the players, coming out and not playing with enough effort and not competing while we're on the floor. That's been some of the biggest reasons why we were in those tough positions and losing those games, but it doesn't have anything to do with the coach or the coaching staff." USA Today Sports

"I wouldn't say so," he told USA TODAY Sports when asked if Thibodeau was pushing too hard when it came to managing minutes and the team's practice routines. "That has nothing to do with coming out on the court and being down 20 in the first quarter. That's straight effort, and your will to go out there and win the game. Just like the other night, we came out – we beat San Antonio, beat Dallas, then lost to Miami at home. It has nothing to do with (Thibodeau). It's just with the players. We've just got to catch onto it, and just try to get better and just try to learn from our mistakes." USA Today Sports

Once considered a certainty for the All-Star game and a two-time starter, Rose began the season hesitantly in his return from missing two years with knee surgeries and understands he may not be added to the team. “No, not at all,” Rose said about whether he’d be upset not to be named an All-Star this season. “It would be an honor, but that doesn’t define who I am as a person or the talent I have by being voted or not being voted into that game. I know how talented I am.” NBA.com

January 28, 2015 Updates

For instance, Rose missed 20 of his 33 shots, but he drilled the game-winner with 8.4 seconds left in overtime with the type of icy confidence that he displayed during his MVP season of 2010-11. He played 43 minutes in a game, the most he has played in one contest in almost three seasons. Most importantly, when his team needed him to hit the biggest shot of the night, he had no hesitation taking it. "A player like myself, I want them moments," Rose said. "I want that shot. My teammates gave me the ball to take the shot and it looks good on the resume. I'm not running away from them shots, I'm not turning them down. If anything, my teammates are going to give me the ball to take the shot, so that's a good feeling." ESPN.com

January 26, 2015 Updates

Look, Thibodeau is a workaholic when it comes to preparation and effort and he expects his players to do the same -- wait, no, he believes in that as the surest way to success. Every player in uniform is at his disposal, which might make some linger a little longer now in street clothes when they've been hurting. Management's imposed limits on minutes, for Derrick Rose and Noah in particular, has led to the coach straining some at the leash. He and his bosses have had frictions in the past, though GM Gar Forman dismissed this week's drama as any sort of story. NBA.com

"This don't have anything to do with Thibs at all," Rose said. " The way we've been playing don't have anything to do with Thibs. He's preparing us right. Everything he's doing, everything he did, everything possible to prepare us as a coach. It's up to the players to give the effort." NBA.com

January 22, 2015 Updates

But there's good news on the medical front. The Bulls have cleared Derrick Rose to play extended minutes if needed, sources said. Rose is averaging 32.8 minutes in 10 January games. That's up from 30 minutes in December and 25.9 in November. Rose logged a season-high 37 minutes, 6 seconds in Saturday's loss to the Hawks. "I feel great," Rose said recently of his health. Chicago Tribune

January 20, 2015 Updates

After watching his team give another lackluster effort and lose for the sixth time in the past eight games with a 108-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night, the former MVP delivered some emotional words. "Everybody has to be on the same page," Rose said. "Until then, we're going to continue to get our ass kicked." Asked who was not on the same page, Rose was quick with a response. "It's just the whole team," he said. ESPN.com

"I think communication is huge," Rose said. "We're quiet when we're out there, and it's leading to them getting easy baskets. We got to give a better effort. It seems like we're not even competing, and it's f---ing irritating." Thibodeau didn't mince words while discussing his team's most recent disappointing performance. "We got to decide when enough's enough," Thibodeau said. "The way we're playing is not acceptable so we have to change it." ESPN.com

Nick Friedell: As frustrated as I can remember hearing Rose after a game. Doesn't know how to fix what ails Bulls right now. Twitter @NickFriedell

January 13, 2015 Updates

When you miss two years, it's definitely going to take time, but I'm just happy I could come back and compete with these guys," Rose told USA TODAY Sports. So happy, that Rose, 26, has graded his comeback an "A." "Missing two years, coming back, still competing ... I don't know if too many people can do that, or a lot of people would be content coming back and just finding their way through," he said. "I don't think I'll ever stop fighting, and if anything, I'm just going to keep getting better." USA Today Sports

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