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Report: Derrick Rose does have knee pain (but it’s too early to worry about)

Aug 20, 2014, 9:16 AM EDT

Derrick Rose, Anderson Varejao, Raulzinho Neto Derrick Rose, Anderson Varejao, Raulzinho Neto

You cannot push all the way back from knee surgery without having pain. Does not happen. It’s not even supposed to happen.

Derrick Rose has sat out the last couple days of Team USA practice and will not start the exhibition game Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden against the Dominican Republic in what USA Basketball had called a precautionary move.

But ESPNChicago.com’s Nick Friedell (among others) heard Rose does have some knee pain, something passed along by Marc Stein of ESPN.

A source familiar with Rose’s condition told ESPNChicago.com’s Nick Friedell that Rose has been bothered by knee soreness since his return to the floor Saturday night in an exhibition victory over Brazil in Chicago and requested the extra time to recover. But Team USA officials, to this point, have downplayed concerns about Rose’s status.

The fact that Rose missed a second consecutive workout is bound to worry some Bulls fans back in Chicago, given the star guard’s knee problems over the past two seasons, but Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski actually revealed in a radio interview Monday with ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” that he was planning to hold Rose out of practice for the first two days of the week.

This takes us back to the first sentence of this post: You cannot push all the way back from knee surgery without having pain.

Rose has to push through this now rather than in the marathon grind of the regular season. Team USA is a great setting for him to push his body because there isn’t going to be a huge load on him in terms of minutes or carrying a scoring burden (and he’s looked fantastic on the court, a bit rusty but a lot like his vintage self). Team USA team is stacked at the guard spot, Rose just has to be Rose when he is on the court.

I get why Bulls fans may be skeptical of Rose. There are some just ripping him, those people are fools. But a little concern about the knees is legit.

Look at it this way: He sat out two summer practices and will not start a meaningless summer exhibition. And you’re going to get worked up over that?

It’s far, far too early for any of that.

  1. nflcrimerankingscom - Aug 20, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Didn’t he have surgery like 9 months ago?

    Chicago, just give up. Rose is done.

    • avb300 - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      Uh oh

      1 more injury to his knees and I think he’s done. I hope for the best

    • hollywood26 - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      This is sounding so so similar to the Gilbert Arenas story

  2. misremembered72 - Aug 20, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    The Bulls should have signed Jameer Nelson. This team isn’t going past the second round, even in the weak east, with Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Brooks having to split minutes at the PG, if Rose can’t play

  3. cruzan80 - Aug 20, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    His style of play will never allow him to heal 100%.

    He will eventually have to completely redefine his game in order to have a long NBA career. Unfortunately I think we’ve already seen the best of Derrick Rose.

    • reesesteel23 - Aug 20, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      Exactly….He cant just lay the ball in the basket. He has to twist and turn and windmill and all that other crap….in mid air

  4. sfsugator - Aug 20, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Like I said his knee is shot.

  5. cbking05 - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    No need to worry, he can’t get hurt if he doesn’t play

  6. Mr. Wright 212 - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Keep making the excuses. This is why Melo made the right decision.

    • musician0785 - Aug 20, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      Bull**** pun intended

  7. 88heatnation - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    I said this before, if the Bulls think Rose will do everything and carry this team like once before then they will continue dreaming. They should have shedded as much space to acquire Melo, place him as the No. 1 option to pair to release burden off Rose be nice 1-2 combo similar to Durant/Westbrook and build from there. Keep Noah in the paint and get rid of everyone else except Butler and Hinrich, sign veteran complimentary role players to round out roster.

  8. buddysguys - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    BOOP. DONE.

  9. 00maltliquor - Aug 20, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Chicago Bulls souting team: Start scouting PGs for the next draft. That’s all you should be focusing on.

  10. ez0682 - Aug 20, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Good choice MELO, why play with rose his softer than the Pillsbury doe boyyyyyyyyyy

  11. innovativethinking87 - Aug 20, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    D Rose wont make past the season.. Broy, Gilbert Areanas, Oden, all told me

  12. handsomerob86 - Aug 20, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Derrick Rose surgery watch is officially on… Like I said yesterday, I won’t believe hes better till I see him in games.

  13. RavenzGunnerz - Aug 20, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    I mean, look at Tim Duncan. The man is almost uncle drew…

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