Player News - Bulls

Date: Team: Pos:

Derrick Rose came off the bench against Finland on Saturday, finishing with 12 points and three assists in 23 minutes, along with a ridiculous +/- of 48 in the 114-55 laugher.

Kyrie Irving started and had nine points and four assists in 20 minutes, so Rose should draw the start in the next one. Rose looked healthy and confident again, and so far it looks like all systems go on Rose this season. But if you draft him on your fantasy team, watching the Bulls, Rose and his knees play on a nightly basis could result in heart problems.
Aug 30 - 5:20 PM

Derrick Rose will come off the bench against Finland on Saturday in Team USA's FIBA opener.

Kyrie Irving will get the start and has earned it due to his outstanding showing this month. Rose said he's "feeling good right now" and we should get to see how he handles so many games in in short period of time. He's a huge risk in fantasy leagues.
Aug 29 - 10:44 AM

Former Bulls guard Ronnie Brewer has been fined and sentenced to probation after pleading no contest to DUI charges in Beverly Hills.

Brewer was waived by Chicago in July and it's unclear whether he's drawn interest as an unrestricted free agent. If he does eventually sign with an NBA team he'll likely face a short suspension from the league stemming from his DUI.
Source: AP
Aug 27 - 10:08 AM

Derrick Rose struggled throughout Team USA's exhibition on Tuesday, shooting 0-of-3 from the field and 3-of-6 at the FT line with three turnovers.

Rose came off the bench behind Kyrie Irving and he looked unusually passive, even finishing with a negative +/- rating in a game the U.S. won by 30 points. Some rust was to be expected from Rose, who has taken a few days off to rest his sore knees recently, and his game will be under the microscope throughout the World Cup which begins on Saturday.
Aug 26 - 5:19 PM

Derrick Rose has been taking notes on Kyrie Irving's game during his time with USA Basketball to prepare for when he has to compete against him this upcoming season.

"I mean, we’re competitors," said Rose. "We look at each other’s games to see what strengths are, weaknesses are, and of course you’re going to use them during the season." The Cavs will be the Bulls primary rivals in the East this season, and Rose knows that while everything is friendly now, they'll be on opposing teams when the NBA season begins. The former-MVP will be a high-risk, high-reward target come draft day.
Aug 24 - 10:44 AM

Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Derrick Rose "feels very confident" about playing with Team USA.

"These guys want to play with him. That's part of getting back ... to be around a group of your peers," Krzyzewski said. Coach Tom Thibodeau is an assist with the team, so he's likely been a consultant for Coach K with Rose. Both coaches seem to have the belief that the extra playing time will only help Rose get back from only playing in 10 regular season games since April of 2012. He's certainly a candidate for MVP, but he's a really risky target for where we'd expect him to be selected in drafts.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 23 - 9:25 AM

Derrick Rose played 14 minutes in Team USA's 112-86 win over Puerto Rico on Friday, scoring six points on 2-of-3 shooting with two rebounds and four assists.

Rose looked great but he isn't going to shake the questions about his health anytime soon, though this particular round of paranoia over his soreness is probably exactly that. The final roster is expected to be announced on Saturday.
Aug 22 - 9:12 PM

Coach Mike Krzyzewski said he is planning Derrick Rose to be healthy enough to play in the FIBA World Cup in Spain.

"I'm not going to do assumptions," Krzyzewski said of Rose. "I think he's ready. I'm thinking about him playing and being there [in Spain]." Rose is just dealing with general body soreness and missed two exhibitions for Team USA, so all eyes will be on him for tonight's match vs. Puerto Rico. His torn meniscus injury from last season isn't quite as severe as his ACL tear from 2012, but he is certainly not all the way back. He'll be a risky pick in fantasy leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 22 - 9:21 AM

Derrick Rose said he was "feeling good" after Team USA practice on Thursday.

"I'm feeling good. I'm gonna give it a go tomorrow & see how it goes," Rose said. "Just trying to stay positive til then." He sat out Team USA's exhibition game against the Dominican Republic on Wednesday citing knee soreness. The national team has been taking every precaution with Rose as he looks to return to the NBA after missing nearly all of the past two seasons.
Aug 21 - 4:09 PM

Derrick Rose will practice with Team USA on Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's exhibition game against the Dominican Republic due to fatigue.

Rose's name was listed on Team Blue, while Kyrie Irving will play on Team White alongside the other Team USA starters. Team USA will have to play nine games in 16 days at the upcoming World Cup of Basketball, so there is a chance that Rose is left off the roster if the coaching staff decides to opt for a more reliable option. The 25-year-old has as much potential as any player entering 2014-15 fantasy drafts, but owners need to be aware of the huge risk that comes along with that upside.
Aug 21 - 12:28 PM

Derrick Rose said he will play in Team USA's exhibition game against Puerto Rico on Friday.

Rose sat out Wednesday's exhibition against the Dominican Republican due to what he called body fatigue, but the Bulls' star said he'll be ready to go on Friday. "Just trying to protect myself, just knowing that this is a long, long schedule and this is the most basketball I'll be playing in two years," Rose said. "So I'm just going in, trying to gear up, making sure that I'm healthy." His involvement in Thursday's practice will be more telling in terms of his availability for Friday, but we'll have to take him at his word for now.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 21 - 9:13 AM

Coach Tom Thibodeau said he expects Derrick Rose (soreness) to practice on Thursday and play on Friday vs. Puerto Rico.

He went through shootaround on Wednesday, but the team held him out of action in the game. During NBATV's Wednesday broadcast, Coach Thibs did mention he may have sat Rose out because he wanted to get a look at some players, so that does make sense. If Rose does sit out of practice on Thursday, that could be a red flag. Stay tuned.
Aug 20 - 9:09 PM

Derrick Rose will not play vs. the Dominican Republic on Wednesday night in Team USA's exhibition.

The coaching staff just wants to give him another day off. Since Saturday's exhibition, Rose has missed both practices and now he's missing game action. He's not expected to miss much more time and should be ready for when the FIBA World Cup starts on Aug. 30. Kyrie Irving is starting in place of Rose.
Aug 20 - 7:05 PM

Derrick Rose is a game-time decision for Wednesday's scrimmage vs. the Dominican Republic.

It's due to soreness and Rose continues to downplay the injury. He's missed a couple practices, but did go through morning shootaround. The former MVP looked great in Team USA's scrimmages and hopefully he's out there tonight.
Aug 20 - 6:00 PM

Updating a previous report, Derrick Rose (knee soreness) went through shootaround but it's unclear whether he'll start for Team USA on Wednesday.

Rose "moved well" and didn't seem bothered by his knees, so he should play even though it's a mere exhibition vs. the Dominican Republic. Team USA will have a busy schedule once the FIBA World Cup begins in earnest, and we'll continue to keep a close eye on Rose's health throughout the tournament.
Aug 20 - 12:33 PM


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