Derrick Rose Injury: Updates on Bulls Star's Status, Likely Return Date
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, fresh off a long-awaited return (and that may be putting it lightly), is reportedly a game-time decision for Thursday night's contest against the New York Knicks.
The Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson and ESPN's Nick Friedell provided the details:
DRose didn't do shootaround, gametime decision vs. Knicks. Thibodeau said its not knee but his "body."— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) October 31, 2013
Rose says he has neck soreness. 'I should be fine.' Hopeful to play tonight.— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) October 31, 2013
Rose is starting in Thursday's lineup against the Knicks.
From K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune
DRose still wearing tape on his neck at shootaround in Philly.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) November 2, 2013
This will surely send Bulls fans into a state of hyperventilation considering the former MVP's recent highly publicized and highly criticized rehab from knee surgery, but it sounds as though this isn't anything to be overly concerned about.
Rose himself, via Johnson, sounded quite confident he'll be on the floor for Thursday's home opener in Chicago:
DRose: "Oh hell yeah, for sure I'm going to play tonight." #Bulls— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) October 31, 2013
It seems a little strange for an injury like this to pop up out of nowhere, but more than anything else, it's probably Rose's body adjusting after playing his first regular-season NBA game in over 18 months.
No matter how it happened, though, it sounds minor.
Rose, of course, had a less-than-memorable return on Tuesday night, as he shot 4-of-15 from the field and had 12 points, four assists and five turnovers in the Bulls' 107-95 loss to the Miami Heat.
It was pretty clear, however, that his struggles stemmed not from his surgically repaired knee, as he looked spry and explosive, but from him getting reacclimated to game speed.
Should Rose miss anytime, which doesn't sound likely right now, second-year point guard Marquis Teague and veteran point guard Kirk Hinrich will be in line for an uptick in minutes.
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