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Derrick Rose participated in portions of contact practice Thursday and said he may play limited minutes in Friday’s exhibition finale against the Mavericks in Lincoln, Neb. "It’s reality. Every day I’m improving,” Rose said. “The eye itself, the swelling is going down, so just taking my time. Practice has been going well. Been practicing pretty hard, and if everything is all right (Friday), I’m going to play a little bit."
Rose also didn’t rule out playing in the season opener on Oct. 27 against the Cavaliers. "Opening night is opening night," he said. "It’s when the season starts, so it’s your showcase to show everybody what you been doing the entire summer. So it’s a big night, but at the same time if I feel like I can’t go there’s no point in rushing it or pushing myself."
KC Johnson: Rose took contact in workout with coaches, who hit him with pad as he shot. Still has some double vision and swelling. But Hoiberg upbeat.
Another day, another Derrick Rose update. The Bulls cleared Rose for non-contact activity on Wednesday, although the guard is still experiencing some minor swelling around the fractured left orbital he had surgically repaired on Sept. 30. His vision also continues to create occasional issues, though Rose did go ahead and get fitted for the mask he will wear whenever he returns.
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Derrick Rose may be cleared to begin activity within a week, and be able to practice shortly thereafter, Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Monday. The Bulls haven't ruled Rose out for the opening game of the regular season against Cleveland Oct. 27. He had surgery Sept. 30 on a fractured left orbital bone suffered in practice a day earlier. "Derrick, hopefully in another week, will be able to start getting active again, and then hopefully start practicing shortly thereafter," Hoiberg said. Rose was at the United Center for the Bulls' preseason game against the New Orleans Pelicans Monday night, but likely wouldn't be on the bench, Hoiberg said. "He's still getting a little bit of blurred vision, so I feel it's best for him to watch the game in the back," Hoiberg said. "But I know he's excited to be here and be with the guys in the locker room."
“We’ve added probably three sets, three actions, from when Derrick was here that first day [last Tuesday],’’ Hoiberg said. “You know, he was great. He was in great spirits, a great mood. He’s itching to get back here. He’s got a follow-up appointment [this afternoon], and then hopefully he’ll be able to get out of his house a little bit Wednesday. Then he’s got another full week where he’s got total inactivity. “His eye is swollen shut, as far as his appearance, but again he’s moving around, he’s great. He just can’t do anything right now to get his blood pressure up, but it was great to see him. We also sent him the file of everything we’ve got going. After the [preseason] game tonight, we’ll have another session with him before we head out of town.’’
Derrick Rose is expected to rejoin the Bulls on Wednesday as he continues to recover from a fractured left orbital, according to Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg. "Follow up [exam] went very well," Hoiberg said after Saturday's practice. "They've advised him to continue to let that sight heal and they think the best way to do that is for him to stay at home at this time. We plan on him being back Wednesday morning."
KC Johnson: Rose has a follow-up exam on Friday. Will stay away from team until at least then because of sensitivity to light.
What exactly is an orbital fracture? “It obviously means downtime for Derrick Rose. He’s going to be in a fair amount of pain until he has the surgery,” said Dr. Barry Boden, orthopaedic surgeon with The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics – The Orthopaedic Center Division, noting that he had not personally seen Rose or his injury. “There’s going to be some post-operative pain. It is a treatable injury … It sounds like he’s going to be having surgery to repair the bone and that way you can stabilize it, you can also rehabilitate it faster.”
Rose likely will have to wear a face mask upon his return. History suggests one of the big hurdles in recovery is avoiding another hit in the face. But wearing such a protective mask is almost routine these days in the NBA after facial injuries. Former Bull Richard Hamilton basically adopted the mask for the remainder of his career after breaking his nose in the 2003-04 season. Among players who have worn masks to protect facial injuries in recent seasons are LeBron James, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving, Jason Terry and Joe Johnson.
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Brandon Ingram injury not serious?

New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram did not play in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s 102-91 win over the New York Knicks because of a sprained right ankle. Pelicans head coach Willie Green told reporters after the game that Ingram could not have played in the final 12 minutes and the team will further evaluate him when they get back to New Orleans. There are no plans to do an MRI on Ingram at the moment and they’ll see how his ankle feels when they return home before taking any further steps, sources told ESPN. Cameras showed Ingram seated on the bench in the fourth quarter without a shoe on his right foot.
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Thursday’s Knicks-Pelicans game was supposed to be on national television, but was pulled because of Zion Williamson’s season-long absence.  It is very good thing, sparing the Knicks and Julius Randle a nationally televised embarrassment as the Pelicans rolled to a 102-91 trouncing before a wave of ferocious boos at the Garden.  As the Knicks dropped their third straight, all at home, Randle’s season kept sinking into an abyss in a 1-for-9, four-point train wreck that got him benched.  He was unable to do a thing against smaller wings assigned to defend him and was booed the most vociferously.  Randle took out his anger on the referees, picking up a technical foul after the first half had ended, then snapping at teammate Evan Fournier who tried to settle him down.
The team said afterward it would not make Randle available to reporters. He hasn’t talked to the media after eight of the last nine games.  “It’s easy to say that [about Randle being off-kilter], but it’s really our entire team,’’ coach Tom Thibodeau said. “When things aren’t going our way, Julius is gonna take a lot of blame. He gets a lot of the credit, but that goes with the turf. But it’s a team game, and we didn’t get into it with any one individual. When they’re not going our way, I just want us to be mentally tough and be able to work through it.’’

Cam Reddish to make Knicks debut Sunday?

The Cam Reddish Show is coming soon on Broadway — and it can’t happen fast enough.  Coach Tom Thibodeau hinted Reddish could make his Knicks debut as soon as their next game, Sunday at the Garden against the Clippers.  One week ago, the Knicks traded Kevin Knox and a conditional first-round pick to the Hawks for Reddish, the former Duke standout selected 10th in the 2019 draft.
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The player to suffer most from Reddish’s entry into the rotation could be rookie shooting guard Quentin Grimes, who has become a staple the past month after being taken in the first round. But the Knicks also believe Reddish can play some power forward in a small-ball alignment. That could also affect 2020 lottery pick Obi Toppin.  It took some time for Grimes to earn Thibodeau’s trust and now he’s got it.  “Just probably getting him indoctrinated into the NBA,’’ Thibodeau said. “We always knew these are things we like about him in the draft. His defense is special. He can guard four positions really well. His shot profile is terrific. He takes the right shot.’’ 
In his first game as a pro at Madison Square Garden, Alvarado seized the moment. The rookie guard scored 13 points, handed out four assists and came up with four steals off the bench.  The Pelicans beat the Knicks 102-91. Thanks to stingy defense and a dominant third quarter, the Pelicans were able to salvage a three-game road trip with a win. “When we had shootaround, I was like, ‘Wow, damn, I’m at Madison Square Garden about to play,'” Alvarado said. “It was just a great, great feeling. When I seen the fans start coming and people I know and they showing me love, it was just like, ‘All right, I feel it. It was just one of those nights.'”
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