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Derrick Rose can dunk again, and that has to be a good thing (Video)

Derrick-Rose-dunkChicago Bulls fans miss Derrick Rose. The team has handled itself well during his absence, but you have to wonder how long they are capable of holding it together with a former NBA MVP watching from the sidelines. On Sunday before the Bulls were blown out by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Rose was shown doing something that should put a smile on the face of Bulls fans.

He dunked.

Of course, Rose wasn’t exactly exploding to the basket and landed on his “good” knee. But a couple of weeks ago the point guard was talking about how he still lacks burst and is unable to dunk. Unless we were seeing things, he has made some progress.

It’s still not out of the question that Rose could miss the entire season, but it’s certainly encouraging to see that his rehab now includes warming up with basketball activity and not being afraid to go up for a dunk. Is he close to returning? That’s doubtful, but any dunk is a a sign of confidence at the very least.

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Derrick Rose’s brother rips Bulls for trade deadline inactivity; Rose responds

Derrick RoseDerrick Rose issued a statement Thursday to distance himself from his brother’s criticism of the Chicago Bulls.

Rose’s brother and manager, Reggie Rose, criticized the Bulls for not making any moves at the trade deadline to help propel the team past the defending champion Miami Heat.

“What have you pieced together? Have you made any moves? Have you made any trades to get better? You know all roads to the championship lead through Miami,” Reggie Rose told ESPNChicago.com. “What pieces have you put together for the physical playoffs?

“Joakim Noah is a great player. Luol Deng is a great player. But you need more than that. You have to put together pieces to your main piece. The players can only do so much. It’s up to the organization to make them better.”

Reggie Rose reportedly told ESPN Chicago that the team’s inactivity at the deadline could be a “big factor” in determining whether the point guard returns this season from his ACL injury. Rose said last week he wouldn’t mind missing the season if he isn’t completely healed.

“It’s frustrating to see my brother play his heart and soul out for the team and them not put anything around him,” Reggie Rose told ESPN Chicago.

Reggie Rose says the Bulls have known all along that there was a possibility his brother might not return this season. He says they kept it quiet because they were worried the negative news would affect ticket sales.

“If Derrick comes back, they’re going to sell more tickets. Is the reason for Derrick to come back to win a championship or make money? Right now, I don’t believe a championship. Everything in the NBA is financial.”

Derrick released a statement through the team that distances himself from his brother’s comments.

“I have always felt that the Bulls organization’s goals have been the same as mine and that is to bring another championship to this city.”

This is not the first time that a representative for a player has caused commotion with his comments — we saw it happen in football season. Though Rose issued a statement in response, you have to figure that at least part of his brother’s words represent his feelings. It’s not like we haven’t shared stories in the past about Rose wanting the Bulls to acquire players.

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Derrick Rose: If my knee isn’t ready, I wouldn’t mind missing the entire year

The Chicago Bulls have struggled a bit as of late, but ultimately the team has fared surprisingly well in the absence of Derrick Rose. Without the 2011 NBA MVP, the Bulls have compiled a 30-22 record this season. While that is nothing to be ashamed of, very few people would argue that Chicago is a better team without Rose.

Rose says he is making progress during his rehab from reconstructive knee surgery, but he doesn’t sound close to being ready to return. In fact, the point guard made some comments on Wednesday that could be depressing for Bulls fans.

“If it’s where it’s taking me a long time and I’m still not feeling right, I wouldn’t mind missing this year,” Rose said, via FOXSports.com. “I would love to play this year. I would love to. That’s why I approach my rehab and my workout so hard. I’m trying to get back out there on the court as quickly as possible. But if I have anything later on there’s no point.”

Rose is a slasher. His jump shot has improved since he came into the NBA, but the main reason he is one of the NBA’s best players is his ability to get to the hoop. A torn ACL may not be as devastating an injury for someone who relies on perimeter shooting, but Rose needs to regain explosiveness before he can return to form.

“My leg still isn’t feeling right,” he said while explaining that he is unable to dunk. “I know if I could dunk off stride, I know I’d be out there playing. But I can’t. … I’m working on my shot, but you’re not going to label me as a shooter. My game is always going to be driving.”

Some NBA stars believe Rose will be even better when he eventually makes his return, but that remains to be seen. Chicago fans are hoping it will be seen this season. Rose has not ruled out that it may have to wait until next year.

Derrick Rose ‘not anywhere close to playing’

The Chicago Bulls are a pretty good team without Derrick Rose, but they’re a championship contender when the former league MVP is healthy. Questions about Rose’s recovery from knee surgery have persisted over the past several months for obvious reasons. Unfortunately for Bulls fans, though Rose is working with the team, he’s apparently still far from playing in games.

“He’s right where he’s always been,” coach Tom Thibodeau said on Sunday, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “Each week he’ll do a little bit more. He’s doing more basketball stuff, but he’s still not anywhere close to playing. He’s got a long way to go for that.

“He’s doing all the non-contact stuff in practice. None of the contact stuff, but he’s doing well overall.”

Working with the team in non-contact drills in practice is a good sign, but the day Rose is cleared to return is what everyone is waiting for. The Bulls point guard tore his ACL late in April, and recovery generally takes at least nine months. Chicago would be wise to hold Rose out until they feel he is completely ready to return. As long as they’re able to get in position to clinch a decent playoff spot without him, there is no reason to rush him back. The Bulls are currently 16-12.

Kevin Durant: Derrick Rose will come back from surgery even better

No one really knows what to expect from Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose when he eventually returns after rehabbing his surgically repaired ACL. Rose could be out until February or beyond, meaning the Bulls will have to start the season the same way they ended their last one — without their best player.

When he does eventually return, you have to wonder if Rose will be the same dominant force he was pre-injury. Kevin Durant doesn’t envision it being a problem.

“I know he’s going to get back stronger and better,” Durant said Tuesday night according to The Oklahoman. “I’ve been praying for him, of course. And I’ve been watching the (workout) videos online, so I’m sure he’s going to have a really, really nice comeback here for the Bulls and be at full strength.

“I think he’ll be better. With all that weight training he’s doing, strengthening his body and his core, he’s doing everything he needs to do.”

Rose is only 24 years old and is the future of the Bulls, so the team would gain nothing from rushing him back. We know the injury has been incredibly hard on Rose, as was evident when he compared it to being close to dying over the summer. If anyone can come back stronger than ever from such an injury, Rose would be the guy to do it. Here’s hoping Durant’s prediction is right for the sake of the NBA.

Derrick Rose cries at launch for his new adidas shoes (Video)

Derrick Rose is one of the few athletes who doesn’t mind showing his true emotions in public. The Bulls point guard gave an extremely emotional speech last year after winning NBA MVP, and he showed the same type of emotion at the launch of his new adidas shoe.

As Brett Pollakoff of Pro Basketball Talk shared with us on Thursday, Rose cried at the launch for his new D Rose 3 shoes. Adidas had played a video chronicling Rose’s rehab and return from a torn ACL suffered in April, and it got the former MVP thinking about all he had been through in life to arrive at this point.

“It’s truly a blessing,” Rose reflected, while holding back tears. “With all of the stuff that’s going on in this city, a kid from Englewood has got something positive going on. That makes me feel so good. This shoe is great; all this is great. But I can’t explain this. I can’t. I went through so much. To have, like, true fans, that means a lot to me. And I know it means a lot to my family, because we’re not supposed to be here. At all. But God made the way.”

If there’s another athlete who is as aware of his past and path to stardom, you’ll have to let me know. Maybe Rose’s connection to his long road to success is what motivates him to work as hard as he does. It certainly explains why he never takes a moment for granted.

Derrick Rose: ACL injury was ‘closest I got to death’

Derrick Rose is back in the gym for the first time since tearing his ACL in April. The former MVP opened up to CSN Chicago for an interview last month in Los Angeles. In the interview, Rose discusses all his thoughts about the play where he got hurt, and he says learning of the news was like death.

“I remember it,” he recalled. “I remember everything. I remember jumping in the air and coming back down, and just that popping sound. I felt it actually tear when I laid all the way out and it just let go.

“I didn’t have that that much pain after that. In the beginning I did, but I didn’t want to yell or anything. When that happened, all I could think about was people just talking. You could hear the whole arena, people just whispering all around — one of the things, like ‘Not again. Come on, man. First game back. We had the win’ — and I was just hoping [it was] nothing serious,” Rose continued. “Then, we got to the hospital, got in the MRI machine, the whole time praying.

“Dr. [Brian] Cole, the Bulls doctor [who also performed the subsequent surgery], came up to me and told me it was torn. I couldn’t believe it. That’s the closest thing to death, the closest to death I’ve got to right there, where it just seemed like the wind and everything was taken out [of me].”

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