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March 23, 2015 Updates

The backcourt could be back soon as Jimmy Butler (elbow) is nearing a return and a source told Yahoo Sports that Derrick Rose (knee) is progressing well. Yahoo! Sports

But coach Tom Thibodeau said "it appears that (Rose is) pretty close" to being cleared for contact. "It's just step-by-step," Thibodeau said. "The first week is just range of motion, strengthening the knee. And then you progress from there. He's doing just about everything now except the contact." Chicago Tribune

March 21, 2015 Updates

KC Johnson: Bulls say Butler and Rose are out vs. Pistons. Gibson is probable. Barring setback, Butler has good chance to return this week. Twitter @KCJHoop

March 18, 2015 Updates

Injuries have hampered its top two signature athletes, Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard, in recent years. Adidas bet the farm on Rose in 2012 to the tune of $185 million over 13 years after his MVP season the previous year. The Chicago Bulls’ point guard has been snakebitten ever since. The latest blow was a torn meniscus in his right knee last month that required surgery. Sales of Rose’s Adidas signature shoes fell 20% last year to $32 million. Howard was never a big seller for Adidas and his signature shoe has now basically fallen off the map. Sales plummeted 70% last year to only $1.5 million or less than James’ racks up in two days. Adidas has shifted its attention more to John Wall and Damian Lillard over the past year. Forbes.com

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Chicagoans are sticking behind Derrick Rose as he recovers from his third serious knee injury in three years and the outdoor Rose shrine discovered over the weekend is proof of that. The shrine is located under a viaduct on West Fullerton Avenue by the Kennedy Expressway and features a drawing of Rose wearing a crown of thorns and a banner with the words “PRAY-4-ROSE” on it. Because Rose recently had surgery on a torn medial meniscus in his right knee, there is a pair of crutches leaning up against the concerte wall as well. Flowers and candles normally reserved for a tribute to the deceased decorate the sidewalk. The candles all appear to be of the religious kind until you take a closer look and realize some feature Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. There’s also a basketball that has “Get Better D-Rose” written on it in black marker and a framed photo of Rose clutching his knee. Chicago Tribune

March 5, 2015 Updates

Speaking of people who have been there since Day 1, what kind of impact has Derrick Rose made on you? Jimmy Butler: Derrick is one of the better people that I've come to know because, if you look at what he does in this community — and I'm not even talking about the basketball aspect of it, we all know how great of a basketball player he is, but what he does for the city of Chicago, the passion that he has for kids — I think that is what really shows you who he is. You see him on the billboards and on the commercials, but you take that away from him, he's still a person like everybody else on our roster. And that's what I get from him the most, how much he cares about people other than himself, man. What else can you want in a point guard? I call him my brother. What else can you want in a brother? CBSSports.com

March 3, 2015 Updates

Taj Gibson thought about getting even when his longtime friend was shot in the head. Derrick Rose also lost a childhood friend to a gun, but he never wanted condolences. He and Gibson were simply talking about friends they've lost to violence. So did Bulls reserve Nazr Mohammed and former teammate Luol Deng. And so did several friends and siblings of Chicago teens who have been killed in recent years. They all appear in "You're Not Alone," an anti-violence video produced by Bulls center Joakim Noah and directed by award-winning author and documentarian Alex Kotlowitz. The video also serves as an invitation for people to talk candidly about the emotional toll of gun violence, much like several interview subjects did during the 8-minute film. Chicago Tribune

March 1, 2015 Updates

Derrick Rose began his third rehabilitation after a knee surgery in the last 34 months Saturday and displayed full confidence he will return to action this season. Though Rose won't address the media formally for a while, he roamed the Advocate Center hallways in good spirits, walking fine, openly vowing to overcome his latest setback to play down this season's stretch. Chicago Tribune

Given that this expected inconsistency followed Rose's two-season period in which he played in just 10 games, it's fair to wonder what another four to six week layoff will do to Rose's game. "He'll get past this hurdle," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "He has made it through two tough rehabs. This one will be much shorter, and he'll get back to being who he is." Chicago Tribune

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