NBA Rumor: Derrick Rose Injury

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“Just needed a day,’’ Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said after surviving the Spurs, 102-98, at the Garden. “We knew we were getting a couple of guys [Immanuel Quickley, Alec Burks] back so we thought it would be good to give him the rest.’’ Rose, 32, could’ve played, though Thibodeau admitted Rose hurt himself Tuesday against the Lakers when he logged a season high 39 minutes. “He tweaked it in the Laker game,’’ Thibodeau said. “He did some stuff pregame. And we just felt it was better not to play him today and see where he is [Friday].’’

The Minnesota Timberwolves are not officially out of the playoff chase, but to reach that difficult goal, they’ll have to do so with a decidedly shorthanded roster. The team announced today that forward Robert Covington and guards Derrick Rose and Jeff Teague are all expected to miss the rest of the season due to injury. Rose and Teague had missed the last four games with injury, with Rose suffering with soreness and swelling in his right elbow while Teague had re-aggravated a left foot injury originally suffered in December.

Derrick Rose rejoined the Cavaliers on Dec. 4 with no timetable for a return from his left ankle injury, but he wants his fans to know that he is “not depressed,” is improving physically and still loves basketball. “Be patient. I’m good. I’m just taking my time,” Rose said. “You don’t have to worry about me. I’m not depressed. I’m good. A lot of people think I’m depressed because of what I’m going through. It’s the total opposite. I learned from my mistakes three or four years ago when I put myself into a shell. And now that I am in this position, it’s only right that I learn from the best. I’m staying with my team, staying with my family, communicating and just being open.”
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The Thunder will eventually make a push toward competing, but that won’t happen until another year or two down the road. For now though, they send a high-priced former Celtic on the roster back to Boston, a place MassLive reported last week that he would love to return to, according to league sources. Moving a first-round pick with Walker to bring back Horford to Boston helps Brad Stevens on a pair of fronts. First, it significantly reduces the payroll for the next two years as Horford only makes $27 million next season and his 2022-23 salary is only partially guaranteed ($14.5 million). Horford also would fit a big hole as a stretch big in the frontcourt in the interim, although it remains unclear how much he has left in the tank after flaming out in Philadelphia.
“There’s two destination that are heavily rumored. The first you just mentioned is the Bucks. If Bud goes, Rick moved in there would immediately allow him to take over a championship contending team.” “There’s a lot of smoke about a potential Rick Carlisle reunion with the Pacers,” said MacMahon. MacMahon indicated that he hasn’t heard that rumor from anyone directly involved. Carlisle was head coach of the Pacers from 2003 until 2007.

Pacers keeping GM Kevin Pritchard

The Indiana Pacers had a disappointing 20-21 season in which they fired Nate Bjorkgren as head coach after one season, but Kevin Pritchard will remain in his role running the front office. “Let me say a few things about Indiana,” said Brian Windhorst. “One, I know Kevin Pritchard, their general manager, came out and gave a press conference and made it sound like his future was in some sort of doubt there. That is no longer the case. He has been assured he will be there. I don’t think he was ever really in danger. Herb Simon, who is the owner of the team, is extremely close to him. They have an extremely close relationship. It doesn’t mean they couldn’t make a change. Without going too far, I will say Kevin Pritchard has been assured he’s going to be there.”
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