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Rose ‘might have a chance’ to play Heat
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On May 6, 2013 @ 2:19 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
MIAMI — Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose has his reason why he won’t just say he’s not playing this season.
It’s because Rose, deep down, still thinks he could return sometime during the playoffs even though he hasn’t played since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of last season’s first-round playoff series.
Rose doesn’t want to rule anything in or out, even though the Bulls plan on not having Rose available this season.
“Still in the air. I might have a chance,” Rose said Monday morning the Bulls shootaround, about nine hours before Game 1 of Chicago’s Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Miami Heat.
There is a growing call for Rose to announce he won’t play this season and eliminate the daily questions and subsequent distraction surrounding the resilient Bulls, who have dealt with injuries and illnesses during the season and playoffs.
Guard Kirk Hinrich missed the final three games of Chicago’s seven-game series against the Brooklyn Nets with a bruised left calf. He remains a game-time decision for Monday’s game, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said.
Forward Luol Deng missed the final two games of the series with an illness and complications from a spinal tap to test for viral meningitis, which was negative.
Deng remains in Chicago, too ill to fly, and will not play in Game 1. He has been in and out of the hospital since Wednesday.
“He’s gone back to the hospital to get tested more, more treatment,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. “I spoke to him this morning. He’s feeling a little better.”
The mounting ailments have not compelled Rose to come back sooner than he feels comfortable.
“There’s no pressure at all. I haven’t had any pressure from anyone – not in the organization, not from my teammates,” he said. “They know I’m put everything I have into trying to come back as fast as possible. But just trying to be smart with the whole situation and just take my time.
“It’s definitely hard. I know this will be over with pretty soon. Who knows when it’s going to stop? … [For more on Derrick Rose: 'I might have a chance' to play vs. Heat, click here.]
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