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Derrick Rose reportedly offered to pay for funeral of murdered 6-month-old

Derrick RoseDerrick Rose is not the type of player who would do something for publicity. His level of talent alone makes him a superstar, but Rose is a very private person. This is a guy who wouldn’t even dance like the rest of his teammates at the All-Star Game last year. That’s why you know the murder of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins must have really hit home for him.

According to WLS-TV in Chicago, Rose has offered to help cover the funeral expenses for Jonylah and the Watkins family. The infant was shot five times and killed on Monday night as her father, Jonathan Watkins, was changing her diaper in their car. Jonathan Watkins is currently in critical condition.

The killer remains on the loose and police had not taken anyone into custody as of Tuesday evening. In addition to Rose, many others from the community where the tragedy took place have donated money to a reward fund to help track down the murderer. On Tuesday night, the fund stood at $11,000.

“These persons who committed this horrible crime, we guarantee you they will be brought to justice,” Corey Brooks said, speaking on behalf of the Watkins family.

Flyers have been handed out around the neighborhood in an attempt to encourage people who may have information about the killer to come forward. Even if justice is served, it will never erase the unspeakable tragedy. The only hope is that it could help the family and the community begin to heal.

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Derrick Rose reportedly cleared to play, just wants to confidently dunk off left foot

Derrick RoseDerrick Rose appears to be very close to coming back to playing with the Chicago Bulls.

ESPN Chicago reported Friday that Rose has been cleared by his doctor to resume playing in games. The doctor also reportedly told the team that Rose is no more at risk of incurring another injury than any other player.

Though Rose is reportedly going hard in practice with his teammates and has been seen dunking, he reportedly wants to feel like he can confidently dunk off his left foot before beginning to play in games again. In this sense, he has a mental hurdle rather than a physical one.

The former MVP began sitting on the team’s bench again last weekend, which was another indication that he was close to returning. The Bulls reportedly are confident that he will return mid-March, meaning he could make his season debut in exactly a week when they play at the Golden State Warriors on March 15.

Rose has been out since tearing his ACL last April in the playoffs. He had surgery in May and would be looking at a 10-month recovery period should he return in the next few weeks.

His return has been the most anticipated event for the Bulls this season. Tension over his return heightened two weeks ago after his brother ripped the team for inactivity at the trade deadline. Most of that will be forgotten when he finally returns.

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Derrick Rose sits on Bulls bench for first time this season (Picture)

Derrick Rose Bulls bench

Derrick Rose joined his teammates on the Chicago Bulls bench during a game for the first time this season, which is a great sign no matter how you look at it.

Rose has been out since tearing his ACL late last April in the playoffs. His rehab has been going somewhat slowly, and he said last month he wouldn’t mind missing the season if decides his knee is not ready. But, last week, a video emerged of Rose dunking in practice.

Between Rose practicing with the team, dunking, and now sitting on the team’s bench for a road game at Indiana, all signs seem to be pointing to him getting closer to re-joining the team. At the least, it’s a good sign that the relationship between Rose and his team appears strong despite his brother’s recent comments.

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.