HoopsHype Derrick Rose rumors


February 10, 2015 Updates

While everyone in the Bulls locker room sort of takes the same stance on Rose (mainly that he’s their brother and they love him), there is really a sense that being away from the team on a day-to-day basis throughout much of the last two seasons created gaps – gaps there were not there when Rose was ripping through the NBA and winning the MVP award. Rose was as much a part of the group as anyone. Basketball Insiders

February 5, 2015 Updates

Sam Smith: Rose on issues: "Effort and lack of communication on the defensive side. We’ve been saying this for a couple of weeks, but it's so true." Twitter @SamSmithHoops

Call it a slam dunk for Trabian Barnes, 13, of Pitt County, who enjoys everything relating to basketball. He's getting a chance to meet NBA superstar Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls, thanks to Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina. A "wish party" was held Wednesday night in Greenville, complete with a limousine ride and police motorcade. Family and friends were on hand to celebrate "Tray's" wish. He is one of three siblings to receive a wish from the organization. wcti12.com

February 2, 2015 Updates

This is no small detail for a player who logged just 10 appearances in two seasons after tearing his left ACL and his right meniscus. "This is my first year back, have played 40-some games (actually 38)," Rose said. "I'm getting better every game. It's a great challenge. It's coming. It's a lot of runners, layups and shots that I normally make. But as long as I'm attacking, it's all positive." Chicago Tribune

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January 29, 2015 Updates

"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

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