HoopsHype Derrick Rose rumors

December 14, 2013 Updates

Harrison's stock isn't plummeting; if the draft were held today, he would likely still be a top-10 pick. But NBA executives' love affair with the 6-foot-6, 215-pound playmaker has cooled down. Fortunately, Harrison plays for a coach that has been highly successful developing point guards (Derrick Rose, John Wall, Brandon Knight, among others) and Calipari-coached teams have a history of improving as the season goes on. If Harrison's jump shot improves, he could be back challenging Smart for the nation's top playmaker by the end of the season. SI.com

December 13, 2013 Updates

If Irving is voted an All-Star starter this season and next, he’ll be eligible to receive 30 percent of the salary cap in his next contract rather than the standard 25 percent. It’s what is known as the “Derrick Rose exception” in the new collective bargaining agreement, and it could mean the difference of an additional $15 million or so during the life of a max contract. In order to qualify for the Rose exception, players within their first four years in the league must either be named to an All-NBA team twice, win the league’s MVP award once or twice be voted a starter in the All-Star game. Akron Beacon Journal

December 12, 2013 Updates

Before his latest injury setback, Rose said he believed that paying closer attention to his diet would help him recover faster and have more energy during games. "I'm a candy head," Rose said. "Ever since I've been younger, I've been eating it. But for me to put my career first and be healthy while I'm out there, I had to put all that on hold." CBSSports.com

December 8, 2013 Updates

The Chicago Bulls are used to playing shorthanded in recent years, but as the injuries pile up, the losses grow more frustrating. The Bulls were without starting small forward Luol Deng for Saturday's 92-75 loss to the Detroit Pistons, their fifth loss in seven games since losing Derrick Rose to season-ending knee surgery. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau started backup power forward Taj Gibson in Deng's place, alongside Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah. The decision was a response to the Pistons' big frontcourt unit that features Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. "It's real frustrating, because we're not getting a chance to get a rhythm," Gibson said of the constant lineup changes and injuries. "There's always one guy banged up from the night before." USA Today Sports

December 6, 2013 Updates
December 5, 2013 Updates

For many in the NBA, even like LeBron James, they remember where they were this past Nov. 22 when Derrick Rose in Portland suffered his second severe knee injury in less than two years. “I didn’t want to believe it,” James said. “My initial thought was I didn’t want to believe it. I was actually at home watching the game. I was watching the Bulls/Blazers when it happened. I saw the play,” said James. “Joakim (Noah) caught the elbow, D. Rose went back door. I seen him kind up come up (limping). I thought he twisted an ankle or something like that at the time. But when I saw them working on him on the sideline, on the bench, it didn’t look well. I was hoping for the best for him and obviously the news wasn’t the best.” Bulls.com

“The only person in this locker room who can really relate to that is Greg (Oden),” James added about understanding what Rose has gone through. “I know D. Wade has had his fair share of knee injuries, but he has been able to come back, dealt with the pain over the years. But to have a knee injury, to get back and have another one, Greg on our team can relate to it. I can’t relate to it.” Bulls.com

While he’s excited to return to the court next season, he will very likely be returning to a team that could be very different. Luol Deng is a free agent and Carlos Boozer is a candidate to be amnestied, which means two of the four-man core that the Bulls have built around will be gone. “Tell you the truth I haven’t even thought about that,’’ Rose said. “I haven’t had time to. I’m just worried about getting my leg together and cheer on the teammates I have on my team right now.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

As far as a title chase now being further down his priority list, Rose said, “Oh hell no, no. I think that’s the only thing that I’m missing is a championship. You can have all the awards. You can have all the individual stuff. I think my career is going to be judged by championships. That’s the only thing I’m caring about right now.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

“I mean if I’m healthy and the situation is right, I’m going to be back playing [this season],’’ Rose said. “If I’m healthy and my meniscus is fully healed, of course I’ll be out there playing. But if it’s something totally different and the outcome is not how I would want it to be there is no need.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

Assessing the injury, Rose said, “I’m just happy it wasn’t an ACL again,” adding his rehab this time “should be an easier process.” "I’m able to put pressure on my leg now," he said. "With the ACL, I wasn’t able to put any pressure on it. ... With this injury, I'm able to get back on the court a lot quicker." Chicago Tribune

December 4, 2013 Updates
December 3, 2013 Updates

One small bit of good news on Bulls point guard Derrick Rose: Apparently, the surgeon was able to preserve "100 percent" of the torn meniscus in his right knee, according to a source. He will miss the remainder of the season, but retaining the meniscus offers a much better chance that he can avoid the kind of chronic knee issues that Dwyane Wade and Tim Hardaway Sr. endured after having their meniscus removed. Bleacher Report

“An ACL tear in one knee, and a meniscus tear in the other, that is not necessarily connected,” Dr. Ochiai said. “Looking at Derrick Rose, I would say that it is purely bad luck at this point. Part of it is, athletes are bigger, faster, more explosive, but that puts more pressure on the knee because of the way they play—their movement, their cutting, their change of direction. It predisposes you to meniscus tears or ACL tears. It’s like you’re cramming the engine of a Ferrari into a Yugo. It might make the Yugo go faster, but you are still going to have structural problems.” Sporting News

“It might not heal,” Ochiai said. “The success rate for meniscal tears is not close to 100 percent, but the younger somebody is, being an athlete, a non-smoker—those things help so there is less of a chance of it not healing. If you follow the protocol and limit range of motion, and you brace appropriately, use crutches appropriately, all those things, it is still about an 80 percent chance it heals, maybe 85 percent. If it doesn’t, he has to either do a re-repair or take out the torn part.” Sporting News

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