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Derrick Rose to sit out Bulls’ preseason game in Brazil due to knee soreness

Oct 12, 2013, 4:42 PM EDT

Chicago Bulls' Rose attends a practice ahead of NBA Global Games Rio 2013 in Rio de Janeiro Reuters

Derrick Rose looked great in his return to NBA action last week, showing every bit of the trademark speed and explosiveness we remembered seeing from the former MVP when he was last on the court almost 18 months prior.

Rose was out for so long due to needing extended time to rehab from a torn ACL injury, and while he’s been cleared and has felt ready mentally and physically to play for some time now, the recent ramp-up in activity has apparently left him with some soreness.

The Bulls are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for a preseason game against the Wizards on Saturday, and Rose will sit out as a precaution.

From K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

Derrick Rose will sit out Saturday’s preseason game against the Wizards because of what the Bulls are calling left-knee soreness.  The team said the move was precautionary.

General manager Gar Forman was to address the media before the game.

Kirk Hinrich will replace Rose in the lineup. Center Joakim Noah also is out and will be replaced by Nazr Mohammed.

Noah is dealing with an actual injury, albeit a minor one that Noah himself said he’d play through if this were the regular season. He was previously declared out of the Bulls’ “first couple” preseason games.

Bulls’ Executive VP of Basketball Operations, John Paxson, explained the decision to keep Rose out.

“He had a little soreness and we are being ultra conservative because it’s the third game of preseason,” Paxson said, via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. “We know there’s nothing structurally to be worried about. It’s just a little soreness.”

Where Rose is concerned, there’s no reason to believe that this is anything other than exactly what the team says it is — a precautionary measure. Although after he was forced to miss all of last season, Bulls fans will understandably be a little nervous about the news until they see their star point guard back in action.

  1. nickbrezzy - Oct 12, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    aww man i was hoping to see him vs jonh wall i guess i have to wait till the reg seasom

    • ironman682 - Oct 12, 2013 at 8:39 PM

      Rose will beat Wall, both can score but D-Rose is more matured. (heat fan)

      • redbaronx - Oct 13, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        @ironman682 – I’m sorry….Rose and Wall are playing 1 vs 1? Is Wall mentioned in this article somewhere that I didn’t notice?

        How did this become about Wall?

  2. kb2408 - Oct 12, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Strictly precautionary….I hope!

  3. freddysanford - Oct 12, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Uh oh. This doesn’t sound good. Bear in mind he missed the ENTIRE season last year. He has had more than enough time to recover.

    I’ve always said he is an erratic, even violent, player whose career will be cut very short. I stand by that statement. Same can be said of Westbrook.

    • asimonetti88 - Oct 12, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      Just because he’s experiencing soreness does not mean he’s not healthy. It’s more of a conditioning issue than a health problem. The knee has not had the stress of a game in a long time, once he regains the conditioning and endurance he won’t have the soreness.

    • ironman682 - Oct 12, 2013 at 9:09 PM

      Why will you say that to this guys, are you God? and will you be happy if someone make such a comment to you or your children? Look if you not a fan for their teams, love them as human beings, who are you to declare their career to be short.

    • redbaronx - Oct 13, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      @freddysanford – Rose is erratic? Violent?

      What drugs are you smoking/injecting and why have you not been hospitalized yet?

  4. captainwisdom8888 - Oct 12, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    If the only thing keeping Rose from participating in last year’s playoffs was simply him not being mentally ready, I can’t help but wonder what drastic difference there is between his current mental state and that of 6-7 months ago. I cannot remember an instance in which a professional athlete coming off of injury admitted to being fully ready to go physically, but not mentally. Conventional wisdom would tell you that professional athletes return to the field of play when they are deemed physically able to do so…but Rose’s situation was clearly unconventional.

    • profoundtoo - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:54 PM

      I think he didn’t want to come back like RGIII, who is really struggling now. Remember, Rose is an up and coming Superstar, and his brand depends on him being dominant, explosive, fearless, and to dome degree, reckless. Those are some tough descriptors to keep up with if when you hit the deck you get up slowly…limping…frowning. I hope he fully recovers because he is an unbelievable talent and exciting to watch. He’s worth the price of a ticket, or the time sitting in front of a boob tube. I do think he came back too cocky. Declaring himself the best player in the world without having played a game in over a year. I think he should have chosen to show burst of speed instead of trying to go full speed on every play. He needs to pace himself. Plus I think he plays for a coach who doesn’t know how to rest his players. Listen to him in the huddle. He sounds like a drill sergeant and they don’t believe in rest….”No pain, no gain.”

  5. cbrown386 - Oct 12, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    There’s a different level of game conditioning. No matter what he has done in practice, nothing is like a real game. I’d guess that this soreness could be more attributed to the way he’s using his knee now and getting it back into game condition than the injury.

    • adamsjohn714 - Oct 12, 2013 at 6:16 PM

      Definitely. Nothing compares to playing in a real game. You push yourself a lot more than you do in any type of practice scenario. There’s a reason a lot of players ice their knees after each game, even if they don’t have any type of injury. Soreness happens to everybody.

    • antistratfordian - Oct 12, 2013 at 7:04 PM

      “No matter what he has done in practice, nothing is like a real game.”

      Yeah, but preseason games aren’t “real” games. They are not that much different than scrimmages for those with secure spots.

      Rose’s knee started to get sore after his last practice, in any case – he didn’t have an issue after the last game.

      • cbrown386 - Oct 12, 2013 at 7:38 PM

        There’s a huge difference in the intensity of being in your own gym playing against your own guys rather than in an arena going against high level players. The way Rose and a lot of other players compete, I doubt they scale it back too much for their limited preseason minutes. I don’t think it’s fair to say that a preseason game takes the level of intensity that a scrim does.

        I think we agree on the main point though, this is a non-story. Half of the NBA has sore knees at this point, they’re getting back into the groove. If he wants to take some games off now to make sure he’s on the court for 70+ this season, then so be it.

      • antistratfordian - Oct 12, 2013 at 8:02 PM

        “There’s a huge difference in the intensity of being in your own gym playing against your own guys rather than in an arena going against high level players”

        Not so much in the preseason. And they’re all “high level players” whether they’re your own guys or not. For the most part, the difference between starter and backup in the NBA is pretty small.

        “I don’t think it’s fair to say that a preseason game takes the level of intensity that a scrim does.”

        Well you would be surprised – sometimes a scrimmage is more intense.

        In a perfect world you like all of your teammates. But we don’t live in a perfect world.

      • profoundtoo - Oct 13, 2013 at 12:02 AM

        I agree, the real test will come when the season begins and see how he recovers from a back-to-back game. That’s the real test….BUT. I do think this is a story, because they could have played him less minutes instead of sitting him completely…if they wanted to avoid a “story.” According to Rose his practices were toughing then training camp. And he’s been practicing since Jan or Feb? Is this the first time he’s experienced this soreness? Just saying.

  6. antistratfordian - Oct 12, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Not ideal. But not unusual. He may continue to feel some soreness after activity several years from now.

  7. chiadam - Oct 12, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    See you in 2014.

  8. nflcinbengals - Oct 12, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    All hail D.Rose!!

  9. mackcarrington - Oct 12, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    I would simply like to say that since it is not my knee, or “your” knee, we really don’t have a clue
    as to what is going on with Rose’s knee. But more so than fans of any other sport, basketball fans are much more “expert”
    in their opinions than anyone else.

  10. ironman682 - Oct 12, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    As a sports fan and heat fan, I hate to see and hear a player is injured and especially if that player contributes to make the game very competitive, I am sure this is no biggy they are taking precautions because you cannot beat my 80% Heat with your 95% healthy team.

    I wish D-Rose, Westbrook, Kobe all the injured players a speedy recovery. You can hate the team but love them as human.

  11. 950003cups - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Yaaawwwwwn….. There he goes again. He’s gonna hose his team another year. What a spoiled brat, that Derek Hose.

  12. savvybynature - Oct 13, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    “Noah is dealing with an actual injury”

    So D. Rose coming back from an ACL tear doesn’t qualify as “an actual injury”?

    I get that he has been cleared to play, but the rehabilitation and conditioning to get back to strength is just as real a part of dealing with an injury as the pain and the surgery.

  13. cubb1 - Oct 13, 2013 at 5:04 AM

    Rose is a gigantic PUSSY.

    • redbaronx - Oct 13, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      @cubb1 – Evidently you don’t know what real pussy looks like. You should be ashamed for calling a player a pussy for getting himself a 100% from a major injury. Just look at TMac or Grant Hill for cautionary tales of coming back before they were 100%.

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