HoopsHype Derrick Rose rumors

October 21, 2014 Updates

One knee shredded. Then, after a heralded return—and 10 games of 35.4 percent shooting—the other. Life has come at Derrick Rose fast. Monday night, he came back at James' new team even faster. "The fastest guy on the court by far," Bulls center Joakim Noah said, smiling. Bleacher Report

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Asked if Thibodeau’s push for perfection year after year gets tiresome, Rose said, “No, I’m numb to it now. I’m used to it. Like [Tuesday], we didn’t even speak about it. We know what we have to do. It’s only one goal, and we can’t let anything get in the way of that goal.’’ The idea of “one goal’’ is common ground for Rose and Thibodeau. The path to that goal is where they diverge. Chicago Sun-Times

October 14, 2014 Updates

"His thing is wanting to be the same," Rose's brother, Reggie, says. Reggie finishes lunch and drives away, eventually making his way east on West 63rd Street. Thirteen years older, his domineering presence kept Derrick from being picked apart by the Gangster Disciples who controlled their neighborhood, then the parasitic runners and gatekeeping NCAA officials who controlled the avenues and mechanisms of escape. Nothing, not drug dealers or money-hungry basketball pimps or amateurism-guarding schoolmarms, would keep his brother stuck in Englewood. Traffic is thin as he crosses Halsted Street, with Kennedy-King College looking modern and alien at the intersection. Everything else is plywood and blight. ESPN.com

"You know what?" Reggie says, turning thoughtful, surrounded by reminders of his past. He thinks about Derrick, and how three years ago, his then-22-year-old brother was innocent and unafraid, the most valuable player in the NBA. "He knows that he will never get back to that," Reggie says. ESPN.com

That's the admission everyone has been digging for, but that's not what he means: The new Derrick Rose is explosive and aggressive, but he's coming back like Eve came back from the apple, mining intellectual and emotional depths he couldn't have imagined when he first hurt his knee. He's different now, for sure, maybe for better, maybe for worse. The old Derrick Rose is a casualty of the two injuries and the knowledge that came with them. "He's gone," Reggie says, and he sounds a little melancholy. ESPN.com

October 12, 2014 Updates

Thanks to 16 points on 5-for-10 shooting, including 3-for-4 from three-point range, Rose turned in his best performance of the preseason, and the Bulls beat the upstart Milwaukee Bucks 91-85 on Saturday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. It was a far cry from last month, when Rose shot 25 percent from the field in the FIBA World Cup, including 1-for-19 from three-point range. “[Rose] doesn’t look like he has missed any games in a sense of his athletic ability,’’ Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. “In the summer, he looked extremely powerful with his speed. Sometimes injuries can be a positive because they’ve helped him develop the jump shot from beyond the arc. [The injuries have] given him a lot of time to concentrate on that. We’re talking about a guy that has played at a high level, MVP, so he’s a smart player, and the injuries are a positive thing that helped him develop the jump shot.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

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Tom Thibodeau’s word of the day Saturday: Physicality. Specifically, Derrick Rose finding it again, and the Bulls’ young players still trying to understand it. Thibodeau said Day 4 of training camp was one of Rose’s best as he continued to take on normal NBA contact, accept it and improve. ‘‘He’ll be able to handle it,’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘He just has to get used to it again. That’s why the USA Basketball stuff was so important, to get used to having contact. The more he does it, the better it is for him and the more you see the rust come off. ‘‘Now you see him start to make some of the plays he’s capable of making. Now he’s starting to get a little bit of a rhythm and starting to shoot better, which we anticipated. That’s why him practicing and practicing hard is so important.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

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Derrick Rose enters camp with two questionable knees, rust on his jumper, and some serious distrust from the outside world concerning his durability. His confidence, however? Never shaken. Ever. “It may not be this year, it may not be next year, or whatever, but I know that we have one [in us],’’ said Rose when asked whether the window for a title is closing. “I know I’m going to win a championship soon, so I’m not worried about that.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

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