HoopsHype Derrick Rose rumors

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

January 20, 2015 Updates

After watching his team give another lackluster effort and lose for the sixth time in the past eight games with a 108-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night, the former MVP delivered some emotional words. "Everybody has to be on the same page," Rose said. "Until then, we're going to continue to get our ass kicked." Asked who was not on the same page, Rose was quick with a response. "It's just the whole team," he said. ESPN.com

"I think communication is huge," Rose said. "We're quiet when we're out there, and it's leading to them getting easy baskets. We got to give a better effort. It seems like we're not even competing, and it's f---ing irritating." Thibodeau didn't mince words while discussing his team's most recent disappointing performance. "We got to decide when enough's enough," Thibodeau said. "The way we're playing is not acceptable so we have to change it." ESPN.com

Nick Friedell: As frustrated as I can remember hearing Rose after a game. Doesn't know how to fix what ails Bulls right now. Twitter @NickFriedell

January 13, 2015 Updates

When you miss two years, it's definitely going to take time, but I'm just happy I could come back and compete with these guys," Rose told USA TODAY Sports. So happy, that Rose, 26, has graded his comeback an "A." "Missing two years, coming back, still competing ... I don't know if too many people can do that, or a lot of people would be content coming back and just finding their way through," he said. "I don't think I'll ever stop fighting, and if anything, I'm just going to keep getting better." USA Today Sports

Another person who isn't concerned is respected basketball trainer Rob McClanaghan, whose client list includes Rose, John Wall, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Chandler Parsons, Al Horford and Candace Parker. McClanaghan has worked with Rose for eight years. "Obviously you hear the chirping about his shooting and once in a while sitting out a game. That's all to be expected," McClanaghan said. "Derrick knows his body better than anybody. He's even further along than I thought he'd be. "I know exactly what he's doing, why he's doing it and he's being very safe and smart about it. We want him playing at a high level in April and May and not necessarily the first quarter of Game 15. That's what people don't understand about these kind of injuries." USA Today Sports

Rose also drew a few sideways looks earlier this season when he said, "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. Just learning and being smart.'' He was criticized for ambivalence and not being all in short term or long term. Rose explained, "I think far ahead. A lot of people took that and ran with it, took it out of proportion and ran the wrong way, thinking I was thinking about retirement right now. I still have goals I want to achieve. I still have games I want to win. I still want to play in the NBA. I still want to win a championship. I've got a long career ahead. I'm only 26. I love this game too much." USA Today Sports

January 12, 2015 Updates

Rose also drew a few sideways looks earlier this season when he said, "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. Just learning and being smart.'' He was criticized for ambivalence and not being all in short term or long term. Rose explained, "I think far ahead. A lot of people took that and ran with it, took it out of proportion and ran the wrong way, thinking I was thinking about retirement right now. I still have goals I want to achieve. I still have games I want to win. I still want to play in the NBA. I still want to win a championship. I've got a long career ahead. I'm only 26. I love this game too much." USA Today Sports

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