HoopsHype Derrick Rose rumors

March 10, 2014 Updates

Joakim Noah doesn't want your "MVP" chants, Chicago. Following the Chicago Bulls' 95-88 overtime victory over the Miami Heat Sunday, Bulls.com's Chuck Swirsky (h/t Beyond The Buzzer) asked the big man about Noah-specific "MVP" chants that rang throughout United Center. Noah's response was predictably unpredictable. "I don’t like it," he said. "No, I don’t like it." Um, why? "Because our MVP is not playing. We have one MVP, and that's Derrick Rose. And it’s not about MVPs, it’s about rings, and one day I hope that we can get one here." Bleacher Report

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Derrick Rose, who is out for the season after tearing his meniscus just 10 games into the season, was shown on the ESPN broadcast watching the Bulls-Knicks game at the United Center from the tunnel with his toddler son, P.J. Jeff Van Gundy, who was calling the game, wasn’t shy from cracking a joke about the former MVP who has missed nearly 2 full seasons in a row because of knee injuries. “You see Derrick Rose…with the cutest little guy. I hope he has better knees than his dad.” beyondthebuzzer.com

February 27, 2014 Updates

“He’s out for the season,’’ Thibodeau said when asked again about Rose’s progress. “I don’t know what else you guys want . . . and again, I think that’s a step-by-step thing. He’s doing great; he’s out for the season. Nothing has changed there.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

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"We're going to have a solid, strong roster," he said. "It's way too early to assume who's going to be there. "I've been told that (James) Harden and (Russell) Westbrook want to participate. "Derrick Rose may be somewhat ready to come back at that time." Rose is recovering from a serious knee injury. "But we've got a lot of good, young players - Paul George, Damian Lillard," Colangelo said. "(LaMarcus) Aldridge will be a part of our roster this year. FIBA.com

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February 15, 2014 Updates

“Derrick’s voice (also) means so much to this team,” said Noah of another of his teammates who now knows misfortune and about being dismissed. “I see him talk to Jimmy Butler during a game, to Tony Snell. He talks to me all the time. It gives us confidence. He has that much impact on this tam. His words go a long way. He’s our star player and a good dude. That’s why it’s so hard to see him go down again. But he’s a warrior. He never lets up. The way he’s working now you know our time will come.” Bulls.com

February 13, 2014 Updates

Rose talked in upbeat fashion Wednesday night about coming back even stronger from his second straigth season-ending injury. Does Thibodeau have any doubts Rose can regain his elite form? "Nope," Thibodeau said. "None." Thibodeau elaborated. "I think one of his great strengths is his attitude," he said. "In the end, this is going to make him even stronger mentally. And that’s probably the biggest thing. I saw the way he responded with the ACL. He has an even greater determination now. And I think that’s going to serve him well." Chicago Tribune

Rose said he contacted Deng, texted Deng and friends of Deng and said he has fond memories of Deng back to when he enjoyed watching him while Rose was a high school player in Chicago. But Rose said he also understood the business nature of the sport. “My feelings go out to him and his family,” said Rose. “I wish him nothing but the best.” Bulls.com

Derrick Rose not only said he wasn’t depressed about his latest injury setback, but he wanted to know who even said he was. He didn’t say anything about disliking the Bulls’ rebuilding plans going forward, which was suggested in anonymous reports a few months back. He didn’t seem upset about the Luol Deng trade, said he wasn’t really even thinking about the possibility of a return this season because he’s so focused on his rehabilitation and isn’t even able to run yet. He said he feels terrific, but he hardly sounded like someone who planned to play any basketball before the USA camp this summer. “For sure, if my leg is feeling healthy I’m all in,” Rose said about the USA Basketball invite for this summer’s pre World Cup tournament. ”Of course I want to play for that team. Playing for that team, I think, helped the year I won MVP, just getting in a groove. I’m excited if I am able to play in it. Bulls.com

“I haven’t even had a chance to think about it, to tell you truth,” Rose said about holding open the possibility of a return this season or in the playoffs. “I’m just worrying about my next stage in this process and that’s running. Right now I’m not. I’m on the Alter G (anti gravity treadmill) right now, running on that and hopefully I’ll be running without it pretty soon. “I haven’t even asked; we haven’t even talked about it (a return schedule),” said Rose. “I just come every day, six days a week and try to do all my work and see how far it’s going to take me when I step back on the court.” Bulls.com

But Rose Wednesday seemed to make clear that no longer was a possibility and that perhaps it was misunderstood back then. “I’m feeling good, feels normal,” Rose said, sounding upbeat and positive. “Just trying to take it one day at a time and trying to stay positive. It (injured knee) feels normal. It’s an easier (rehabilitation) process for sure (from a torn meniscus rather than an ACL in the 2012-13 season). I’m able to walk. It feels normal right now, but I know I’m not there. “I’m not keeping it (playing) open,” Rose corrected. “I just said right now I haven’t thought about it. I can’t think about it right now. I’m not running yet. When I get off the Alter G, that’s when I’ll consider coming back.” Bulls.com

February 12, 2014 Updates

The consensus on ‘‘The Return II’’ has been that there wouldn’t be one. But Noah’s comments came on the same day Rose was going through shooting drills with reporters watching, and the story gained legs again — little ones. ‘‘He’s working really hard,’’ Noah said. ‘‘He’s always around the team, being a great leader, showing support to his teammates. Just watching him work every day, I think, is extra motivation for us to go out there and go harder. ‘‘He’s doing a lot more than shooting around. He’s in the gym nonstop, just working on his body getting better. That’s what it’s all about. He’s a big part of this team. He has that mentality of having no regrets. Just give it everything you got. If you can go, you can go. If you can’t, you did everything you could to make it.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

February 11, 2014 Updates

Derrick Rose is improving, but Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Tuesday that the former MVP isn't expected to practice with the team this season as he rehabs from surgery on a torn medial meniscus in his right knee. "Most likely not," Thibodeau said. "But we'll see. He's out for the year, but he's doing great." ESPN.com

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