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Derrick Rose says he could’ve played through knee soreness that kept him out of Brazil exhibition

Oct 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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Derrick Rose sat out of the Bulls’ preseason game against the Wizards in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday with soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.

Team personnel made sure to point out that this was simply a precautionary measure; there was nothing structurally wrong with Rose’s knee, and no MRI was scheduled.

Rose seemed to confirm the lack of severity to his condition after the game had finished, when he told reporters that he could have played, but the front office made the decision to hold him out.

From K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

“I’m good,” Rose said. “I could’ve played, but the front office made the decision to sit me out. I can’t complain about it. It’s nothing huge. I know that I should be able to go next game.” …

“If there’s soreness, then we’re going to rest,” [Bulls GM Gar Forman] said. “Any time you’re dealing with any type of injury or soreness you’re concerned. But it’s not a major red flag or huge concern.”

Rose said he knows he will be ready for the regular-season opener in just more than two weeks against the Heat and added he wasn’t startled or nervous about this speed bump.

“You wouldn’t expect it to happen,” he said. “But when it does happen, you can’t be down on it. I know that it’s feeling better day-by-day. I’m just trying to stay positive.”

Given the fact that Rose missed all of last season with the knee injury, anything related to it that causes him to miss time in the future will undoubtedly be highly scrutinized. But it is just the preseason, which makes it the perfect time for Rose to get this type of thing out of the way before the real games begin.

  1. xrobertitox - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Comments full of the usual “he’s soft”, “he’s done” thing coming in 3…2…1… Go Bulls.

    • strategicprocrastinator - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      I feel for those foreign fans. It’s unfortunate but this is obviously the best decision. How would the Brazilian fans feel if Rose got injured again at the game?

  2. handsomerob86 - Oct 13, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Grant Hill – What a good comparison PFT, you said he shouldn’t let the Bulls ‘screw him’ like the Magic did to Grant. Yeah we screwed Grant alright, to the tune of 100m and wasting all of TMac’s best years, the Magic really pulled one over on him. http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/05/09/grant-hill-would-like-to-remind-you-doctors-cleared-him-to-play-so-he-came-back-early/

    I think this Comparison is much closer than you think, but for much different reasons. If he misses most of this season, trade him Chicago, don’t keep him for seven years just to see him sign for less money with someone else (like Grant did to us with the Suns), as soon as he is done screwing you over with a max contract for years (while not playing).

  3. cbrown386 - Oct 13, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Can I write tomorrow’s article about Rose’s knee?

  4. itouchedthenet - Oct 13, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Too big, too fast, too strong – too good!

  5. freddysanford - Oct 13, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Sure he could have played.

    It’s not normal to have soreness on an injury that occurred over a year ago and that has been the subject of intense rest and rehab. Yes, I know, I’m a sports medicine professional. He should be pain free now

    But alas, he’s a reckless player and he will have a short career

    • emosnar - Oct 13, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      Chicagoans don’t want to hear that. Where is Nasty Nate? Uh Ohhhhhh….

  6. abxyer - Oct 13, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    This guy is a softy!

  7. antistratfordian - Oct 13, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Well here’s how it works, Derrick… if you really want to play you keep your mouth shut. He knew they were going to hold him out if he told them it was sore so he can’t really come back with, “well it was their decision, so I can’t complain about it.”

    Anyway… odd that he’s still talking about “trying to stay positive” like it’s still 2012.

  8. glink123 - Oct 13, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    “just trying to stay positive”? about a recurring sore knee, from an injury that happened 18 months ago, after playing only 20 minutes, in only 2 pre-season games??? oh oh.

  9. gmsingh123 - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    It looks like Derrick will be picking up the slack for Rip Hamilton’s rare appearances in games this year. The way this is going it will be impossible for him not to be the butt of jokes.

  10. asublimeday - Oct 15, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Noah has now been my favorite bulls player since the start of last season’s playoffs.

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