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Derrick Rose “week-to-week” with groin, not running yet

Mar 22, 2012, 11:07 PM EDT

Derrick Rose, John Lucas III AP

It’s not about now anymore. It’s about five weeks from now.

That’s not completely a sentiment shared by Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who it seems has pushed his players hard, trying to get the top seed in the East. For him, playing is how you get ready for the playoffs, he told the Chicago Tribune.

“Somehow this notion that you can miss the entire season and come back in the playoffs and play well, I haven’t seen that. So I don’t know what people are talking about. You have to build the right habits so you can perform well when it matters most.”

But he will have to wait a while for Derrick Rose. The reigning MVP is not even running yet — or even walking with a normal gait — following his groin injury and Tribune beat writer K.C. Johnson describes him as week-to-week not day-to-day.

Richard Hamilton is just now able to lift his arm above his sprained shoulder and will still be out a while.

The Bulls are still winning — they are an amazing 11-4 without Rose — and still are three games ahead of the Heat for the best record in the East. Thibodeau and the Bulls need Rose and Hamilton right for the playoffs, even if that means sitting for longer than Thibodeau would like.

With just 17 games remaining, Thibodeau fielded a question on the ideal number of games at full strength to build continuity for the postseason.

“As many as possible,” he said.

  1. glink123 - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    The lockout has completely ruined this season. Regardless of who wins the championship this year, it will be with an asterisk due to the injury-inducing 66-game accelerated schedule.

    • savvybynature - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:43 PM

      B.S. Rose is the only superstar injured right now, and he should be ready for the playoffs. This asterisk talk is nonsense, you still have to win consecutive 7 game series’ against the best teams in the league.
      You do that, you’re the champion. Period.

    • goforthanddie - Mar 23, 2012 at 12:01 AM

      The season is a joke, but not due to injuries. No pre-season, no reasonable practice time, 3 games in 3 days, 5 games in 7, unbalanced schedules…Take your pick, each and every one a valid bitch for a crap season.

  2. hwatt - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    groin injury my arse, this is the car accident coverup. Just because you’re able to walk away from one doesn’t mean you’re a-ok. Months of rehab sounds about right, based on the experience my buddy had from being rear-ended like rose was.

    • boondocksaint224 - Mar 23, 2012 at 12:25 AM

      Do please enlighten us with more of your bullcrap baseless speculation passed off as fact.

      You know nothing about the situation save what has been reported. Don’t play conspiracy theorist unless you actually have something to bring to the table. No, “My buddy got into a fender bender once” doesn’t count.

      • philtration - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:34 PM

        hwatt is an expert because he gets rear ended two or three times a week.

  3. turnmymicup - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    Im a Heat fan so ill be cheering against them in the playoffs. But I dont like to see players hurt. Especially when they’re allstars. Who wants to watch a Roseless Chicago? Hope you get better soon DRose.

    • florida727 - Mar 23, 2012 at 7:57 AM

      I’m a Bulls fan. Have been since even before covering the team for a media outlet in Chicago during Jordan’s run there. Thibs is right. You want players, regardless of talent, to be in game shape and in sync with their teammates going into the playoffs and the only way to do that is by playing games together. Since the NBA revolves so much around one-on-one play offensively, this is more important from a defensive perspective than anything. Everyone points to Jordan’s scoring as what made him great, but it’s his (and the team’s overall) defense that won them 6 titles in 8 years.

    • gmsingh - Mar 24, 2012 at 9:08 AM

      I’m not a Heat fan and I will be cheering against them in the playoffs too!

  4. glink123 - Mar 23, 2012 at 5:42 AM

  5. glink123 - Mar 23, 2012 at 5:46 AM

    61 players missed games this week.

  6. doctordunkenstein - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    11-4 without their sham MVP. The real MVP of that team is their Coach and his defense, which Rose doesn’t to contribute to at all. sorry to say it but its true

    • chicitybulls - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:54 AM

      It’s true? Why because YOU say it is? Who the hell are you? Some 5’6″ 250lb guy with male pattern baldness who has the screen name drdunkenstein knowing the last think he dunked had powdered sugar on it? Please. They have that record because they have probably the deepest team in the league and a top 3 coach in the league and they play great team defense. It’s the team that’s getting this done. Sorry but your opinion is like Ted Williams (the homeless guy with the golden voice) giving financial advice.

      • gmsingh - Mar 24, 2012 at 9:11 AM

        This is mean to doctordunkenstein: he is clearly right, DRose doesn’t contribute to the Bulls’ defense when he is injured and sitting on the bench. I’m just glad that he took time off from his job as a rocket scientist to tell us that!

      • doctordunkenstein - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:54 AM

        u sound mad. are you mad bro?

  7. slippyal2 - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    I can’t see his him lasting too long in this league with the punishment he takes. His body is not going to be able with stand him going to lane, over and over.

    • philtration - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:39 PM

      Maybe if they start calling the other team for a foul when they hit him in the head every game.

  8. glink123 - Mar 24, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    I love listening to people hate on DRose. All he does is win. 100-30 over the past two seasons. Haven’t lost two games in a row in more than 400 days. Too big. Too strong. Too fast. Too good.

    • doctordunkenstein - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:54 AM

      unless LBJ’s guarding him…6% FG

  9. gmsingh - Mar 24, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    DRose–the man with the most watched groin in the NBA since Shawn Kemp.

  10. glink123 - Mar 25, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Lol. too funny

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