Storyline: Derrick Rose Injury

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Rose missed his second consecutive game and sixth this season Saturday night against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center and said before shootaround there is no timetable for his return. Iman Shumpert again started in his place. “I haven’t heard anything right now, just day by day, try and get the swelling down, try and get mobility back in my ankle,” Rose said. “Took some steps back with I think just playing on it,” Rose said. “Just trying to play through it, not trying to lose my conditioning and the swelling came back into it. Just gotta wait for the ligament to calm down.”
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Derrick Rose left the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 116-97 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday with a sprained left ankle stemming from a hit by Bucks center Greg Monroe that the former MVP said should have been called a flagrant foul. “I think I’m the only person in the league that’s not getting a flagrant for that call, bro,” Rose said after scoring 12 points in 23 minutes before exiting the game for good with 10:12 remaining in the fourth quarter. “Come on, man. Like, I’m sure I’m the only player, but it is what it is. … That’s a common foul. Wow. Come on.”

Rose’s free-agent market value has been damaged by the torn medial meniscus in his left knee. Rose, 28, has had two surgeries on each of his knees and his future as a Knick is murky. Dr. Armin Tehrany, orthopedist surgeon and knee specialist for Manhattan Orthopedic Care, told The Post the latest injury is wear and tear (degenerative cartilage) — not one specific play. In a phone interview, Dr. Tehrany described Rose as being at definite risk for another knee injury because of his “playing style” and genetics. But he believes Rose can return to his former explosiveness.

Rose missed his fourth game in the past 10 days Saturday against the Nuggets because of a tight back. During that span, he played only one quarter of another game — at Phoenix on Tuesday. The Knicks want to make sure when Rose finally returns, it’s for good, meaning they won’t rush him back. Rose hasn’t ruled out playing in Tuesday’s home game against the Pacers but wants to be 100 percent. “I hate missing [games] but I have to be smart about it,’’ Rose said before the Knicks’ 127-114 loss. “I want to play consistent games instead of playing one game, aggravating something and missing two games. I want to play consistent games. I don’t want to come back too soon.’’

“You can do everything you can and things happen,’’ Armstrong said. “One thing I’ll never question is his preparation for the season. It certainly won’t be for a lack of trying. “His style of playing is different and that hasn’t been discussed. That’s what makes him unique. I can’t recall another guard who plays like that. You might see some running backs who are very physical running backs. That’s going to have an impact on how he comes back compared to a running back who uses speed and quickness.’’

But everything changed once that news came out. Rose’s image took its first big hit as his undermanned teammates plugged along without him. The Bulls’ front office, which continued to stand behind him publicly, wondered privately whether Rose was making his own decisions or listening instead to the advice of his brother Reggie and his agent, former Bulls guard B.J. Armstrong. For one of the first times in Rose’s storybook career, he didn’t have the full support of everyone around him. For an affable 24-year-old who was always trying to please everybody, he now realized that wasn’t possible. Rose chose to sit out the entire season. His teammates stood behind him at every turn. So did the front office and coaches, even if some didn’t agree with the decision. Rose made his choice and never wavered, but his relationship with the team and city he loves so much was never quite the same.

In other injury related news, Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is “50-50” to play against the Raptors as he continues to recover from a left groin strain. “Jimmy’s good to go, he had a good shootaround,” Hoiberg said. “He had a really good day [Sunday]. Derrick didn’t participate in anything [Sunday], went through most of shootaround. He’s still a little bit tight. We’ll go back, get a treatment at the hotel, warm him up tonight and make a gametime decision. We’ll say right now [Rose is] 50-50 [to play].”

Nick Friedell: Derrick Rose will not play against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night because of ongoing issues with hamstring tendonitis. Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg says that as of now Rose does not need an MRI, but he does not sound confident that Rose would play Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers. “Still too early to tell,” Hoiberg said before Friday’s game. “But if he feels like he did today then no. But who knows? Hopefully hell make some improvement overnight and get treatment [Saturday], see how he feels.”

Rose tore the ACL in his left knee in April 2012. He tore the medial meniscus in his right knee in November 2013 and had a meniscectomy on the same knee in February 2015. He didn’t sound too concerned about the latest knee setback this time around. “I feel good,” Rose said. “I feel all right. I just overworked myself. I gotta figure out the days where I’m going to sit. I have to do a little bit better. But the games I have rolling, just tried to give myself a little bit more than I had. And it backfired on me. Tomorrow the MRI. I know everything’s going to be fine. But It’s more reassurance.”
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