Joe Cowley

Snelly Cat looking to had free safety to his resume.

Joe Cowley

E. Moore's birthday being completely overshadowed by Noah's. Just not right.

Vincent Goodwill

Not a high scoring game. Bulls seem a little shell-shocked. So is the crowd for sure

Joe Cowley

Showing Jordan '88 Dunk Contest highlights. Brah wouldn't even sniff the finals in this year's contest.

Sam Smith

Bulls without Rose; Hornets without Kemba Walker. Good luck on anyone scoring 80. 28-26 Hornets w/8:20 left in 2nd qtr

Joe Cowley

Summer League Tony just showed up!

Joe Cowley

Happy BDay Joakim... celebrate with a ball that is 5 feet over the rim!

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls 20-20 ---Brooks with 9. Butler 5pts 4 reb. Gasol with with 6pts 4 reb.

Joe Cowley

....Thank you Melo, for remaining the second-most selfish man in basketball to Kobe Bryant. Thank you.

Vincent Goodwill

It took nearly the entire quarter for Jimmy Butler to get a shot up, it was a tip dunk +foul. I’m sure that’ll change

Joe Cowley

Just imagine, if Melo would have said yes, the Bulls would have about $35 million of bad knee sitting on the bench right now....

Vincent Goodwill

Fan behind me: “Stephen A Smith says we’re irrelevant! Don’t give up on us!"

Joe Cowley

Seats are filling up .... because the Hinrich has entered the game!

Joe Cowley

It could be worse, Melo could have said yes. #MrPositive

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls 17-14 2:12 Bulls 53%

Mike McGraw

Brooks with 9 points, 1 assist to open game, now makes way for Kirk. #Bulls

Joe Cowley

He's been good lately ... I guess. #MrPositive

Joe Cowley

Snelly Cat into the game.

Vincent Goodwill

Bulls will just pack the paint on Big Al. Will dare anyone to beat them from the outside

Joe Cowley

No one else has been hurt yet. #MrPositive

Mike McGraw

Aaron Brooks' lone start this season (before tonight) was the blowout loss at Portland on Nov. 21. #Bulls

Vincent Goodwill

There’s opportunity for Aaron Brooks to do his thing. D.J. Augustin and Nate Rob took advantage of their opportunities

Sam Smith

Brooks in 2nd start of season 7 pts and a block with Bulls ahead 13-6 midway in first; not too late to go for all-NBA first team

Chuck Swirsky

Brooks and Gasol=13 points Bulls up 13-6 5:57 1st Q

Mike McGraw

Quite a bench for the Hornets -- Bob Weiss, Mark Price and Patrick Ewing are assistant coaches.

KC Johnson

Brooks going into full "D.J. Augustin saved our season" mode.

Joe Cowley

Noah can be a point-center again. #MrPositive

Joe Cowley

Well, the PG spot at least has a better three-point shooter now. #MrPositive

KC Johnson

Either a late arriving crowd or courtside seat protest over Rose injury. http://t.co/oM2Gbb5XMZ

Mike McGraw

It's so empty and quiet in here, feels like Curry and Chandler should be on the floor. #Bulls

Joe Cowley

Feel like I'm covering the Sox again.

Mike McGraw

Court side seats a little empty at tipoff. The Rose Effect. #Bulls http://t.co/nSvXpW7kfT

Joe Cowley

Plenty of good sections left here at the UC.

Nick Friedell

The most empty I've seen the UC all year to start a game. How bad is the weather out there?

Joe Cowley

United Center looks half empty ... guess there's no going down with the ship for Bulls fans.

Nick Friedell

Joakim Noah takes Rose's place as the last player introduced during introductions.

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls starters http://t.co/8A74tbYKGz

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls ball from the United Center http://t.co/bpy0d2dWPN

KC Johnson

Also, this is not definitive (and sounds like Rose's call) but surgery expected sooner rather than later and could be as early as Friday.

KC Johnson

Belief growing that Rose's meniscus tear is not as significant as Nov. 2013. Won't know until surgery but could be small cartilage tear.

Joe Cowley

It will be either Dr. Brian Cole, with the scope, in the Gold Coast Surgicenter ... or Col Mustard, with the knife, in the Conservatory.

Joe Cowley

Because of minimal swelling, Rose will have surgery no later than Friday, according to multiple sources - Read it - chicago.suntimes.com/basketball/7/7…

Joe Cowley

Brooks, Butler, Gasol, Noah, Dunleavy - your new-look starting five!

KC Johnson

Brooks, Butler, Dunleavy, Noah and Gasol represents Bulls' 18th different lineup this season.

Mike McGraw

Charlotte won 12 of 15 between Jan. 3 and Feb. 5, but now have lost 5 in a row. Kemba Walker (knee) expected back in mid-March. #Bulls

Mike McGraw

Hornets have scored less than 100 points in 17 consecutive games vs. #Bulls, tied for longest active streak in NBA.

Mike McGraw

Lots of #Bulls birthdays today: Jerry Reinsdorf turns 79, Joakim Noah is 30 and E'Twaun Moore is 26.

Nick Friedell

Why did Thibs go with Brooks over Hinrich? The guess is that Thibs knows Hinrich's body can't withstand 35+ minutes a night anymore.

Joe Cowley

Bulls front office on the Rose injury - " .'' Thanks Bulls front office.

Vincent Goodwill

Appearing on @SportsTalkCHI to talk Bulls in a few minutes on CSN Chicago

Nick Friedell

Having said that, Hinrich was averaging 28 minutes a game most of the year, so it's not like he hasn't played big minutes.

Vincent Goodwill

Aaron Brooks is starting at point guard tonight for the Bulls against the struggling Hornets

Vincent Goodwill

Thibs said he likes the roster they have and feel with Hinrich, Brooks and even Moore at PG, anyone they sign won't be a game changer

Nick Friedell

Thibs says Aaron Brooks will start in Derrick Rose's place tonight.

KC Johnson

Thibodeau agrees with theory that roster as constructed will address Rose absence. If 15th guy signed, more for insurance.

Mike McGraw

Aaron Brooks starting tonight. #Bulls

KC Johnson

Brooks will start at PG.

Chuck Swirsky

For tonight vs. Charlotte: Derrick Rose (right knee) is out. Kirk Hinrich (illness) is probable. Taj Gibson (illness) is probable.

Pau Gasol

That adversity helps us to grow stronger as a team. Tonight we have a tough test against the Hornets at home. #Together #SeeRed

Pau Gasol

Que la adversidad nos ayude a crecer como equipo. Esta noche jugamos contra los Hornets. #SeeRed

Vincent Goodwill

Thibs: "He has gotten past a lot of hurdles. This is another one. He’ll get past this one too."

Vincent Goodwill

Thibs: "the last procedure he had on the meniscus, we knew this was a possibility. unfortunately it didn’t take."

Joe Cowley

Latest Rose news - Thibs, Hinrich, Gasol all talk - Noah does not - still little clarity on a timetable - read it - chicago.suntimes.com/basketball/7/7…

Nick Friedell

Thibs: "Our reality is that the games are going to keep coming. We've been through it before."

Nick Friedell

Thibs said he's texted and called Rose. "As you can imagine, it's not an easy thing to deal with."

Chuck Swirsky

Mike Dunleavy comments on the loss of Rose tonight on BullsTV on Bulls.com at 630CT http://t.co/N35HaHTNYx

Nick Friedell

Players + coaches all talked about how bad they felt for Rose personally. They always respected how much work he put in to get back on floor

Nick Friedell

Pau: "It's difficult to deal with, we feel for him... right now we just support him and we wish that everything goes well."

Nick Friedell

Thibs did not want to put timetable on return until after the surgery. "We have to have patience and we'll just take it day by day."

Nick Friedell

When asked about Nate Robinson, Thibs said Gar and Pax will talk to players. "I'm sure we'll be hearing from a lot of people."

KC Johnson

Hinrich: "I'm still shocked. For this to happen is devastating."

Nick Friedell

Eerily similar feel to November 2013 from Rose's teammates. Trying to remain positive, but obviously shocked by news.

KC Johnson

Joakim Noah, who turns 30 today on same day Jerry Reinsdorf 79, declined to talk to reporters.

Nick Friedell

Bulls doc Brian Cole will perform the surgery on Rose. He did the prior two surgeries as well.

Vincent Goodwill

Thibs in a rare show of emotion: "it's not fair."

Nick Friedell

Hinrich and Gibson are expected to play tonight.

Nick Friedell

Hinrich on Rose news: "I'm still shocked."

KC Johnson

Gibson and Hinrich will play vs. Hornets.

Joe Cowley

"I'm still shocked ... Can't imagine what he's gone through the last three years." Hinrich on Rose.

Mike McGraw

Thibs says this recovery will be shorter than last two, which is logical. #Bulls

KC Johnson

Thibodeau: "It's so unfair. He's been through so much."

Joe Cowley

Thibs is undecided on a starter. "I may start Brooks."

Joe Cowley

"I don't know what to say except it's so unfair..." Thibs on Rose.

Nick Friedell

Thibs: "I don't know what to say other than it's so unfair."

Mike McGraw

Thibs: "It's so unfair."

Mike McGraw

Thibs doesn't want to talk about timeline or if Rose can return this season. Says surgery has not yet been scheduled. #Bulls

KC Johnson

Thibodeau: "It's not an easy thing because of how everybody feels about him."

Joe Cowley

No surgery schedule yet. Bulls and Rose are weighing options on a procedure.

Nick Friedell

Gasol said news was "heartbreaking". Teammates feel terrible for Rose.

Nick Friedell

Thibs says Bulls don't know exactly when injury occurred.

Mike McGraw

Thibs says Rose's previous meniscus tear didn't take, needs to be repaired again. #Bulls

KC Johnson

Thibodeau said team physician Brian Cole will perform procedure.

Nick Friedell

Thibs says Bulls knew second meniscus tear could happen -- and it did. Says there is no timeline yet.

KC Johnson

Thibodeau: "First and foremost, it's concern for Derrick not only as a basketball player but as a person."

Joel Brigham

NBA Chat in about a half hour, gang. Bring on the Derrick questions, I guess: basketballinsiders.com/chat/nba-chat-… @BBallInsiders

KC Johnson

In 2013, Rose had surgery 2 days after meniscus tear.