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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

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But it’s really as simple as this: Rose is making the decision with the consultation of the training and medical staffs. And, really, that’s how all injury situations are handled. Management isn’t sitting on high making some grand pronouncement about saving Rose for the long haul. (Though management is trying to set a big picture mentality with soft minutes restrictions for certain players.) Thibodeau isn’t involved in the process. Rose is warming up, seeing if he can go and then making the call with training and medical personnel he trusts. I do think there’s a benefit to him playing if he is able, given how much time he has missed. Playing if he doesn’t feel comfortable doing so doesn’t make sense this early in the season, or, really, at any time other than the playoffs. Chicago Tribune

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