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"Rose is such a transcendent talent, and so important to the Bulls’ future, that he has the ability to affect more than just the game. On this night, he affected the entire organization’s mood. The relief from Bulls personnel throughout the building was palpable. This was the man they hoped they would see again. This is the man who can deliver them to where they want to go."

ESPN - Joy to the locker room

Fully retreating into obscure Michael Jordan-era Bulls highlights until the news on Derrick Rose’s MRI results, expected this afternoon pacific standard time.

GO BULLS! GO DERRICK!!

F LIFE!!!

balldontlie:

The best way to celebrate hitting a game-winner in your first regular-season game at home in 18 months? Dapping up a dude dressed like a grand Victorian lady. Duh.
Via @amandakaschube.

balldontlie:

The best way to celebrate hitting a game-winner in your first regular-season game at home in 18 months? Dapping up a dude dressed like a grand Victorian lady. Duh.

Via @amandakaschube.

terrysdiary:

Georgia May Jagger at my studio #2

Not quite #TerryRichardson4Topps but close enough

terrysdiary:

Georgia May Jagger at my studio #2

Not quite #TerryRichardson4Topps but close enough

No more missing plays like this. Derrick Rose is back.

Adidas x Derrick Rose - all in for Chicago

(Source: cbssports.com)

Getting better.

Getting better.

(via Dime mag)

Derrick Rose crossing over samurai’s in Japan. That old retread? *YAWN*

Though he started off Game Two by making his first six shots from the field, LeBron James did NOT actually get “on fire” like an NBA Showtime character - these are just pre-game pyrotechnics.On the other side, Tom Thibodeau failed to put in the cheat code quickly enough, and was again unable to unlock the Derrick Rose hidden character. 

Though he started off Game Two by making his first six shots from the field, LeBron James did NOT actually get “on fire” like an NBA Showtime character - these are just pre-game pyrotechnics.

On the other side, Tom Thibodeau failed to put in the cheat code quickly enough, and was again unable to unlock the Derrick Rose hidden character. 

Derrick’s a brother. And to see him go through this is tough, but at the end of the day it’s really funny how quick people are to judge. But people don’t know what it’s like to lead a team, especially after you tore your ACL. If you tore your ACL and you have to be the starting point guard and have the expectations that Derrick has, then maybe you can judge, but everybody who hasn’t been in that situation before should really shut up because I feel like it’s just so unfair to him and to this team. We’re fighting, and everybody’s going to just s—- on somebody who’s been giving so much to this organization. It’s crazy to me.

NBA Playoffs throwback: Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat, 2011, Eastern Conference finals

Three N-A-S-T-Y Derrick Rose dunks against the Heat including the solved murder of Joel Anthony. We all know the rest of this story. The Heat would go on to win the series in 5 games, and the injured D. Rose has not played in only one playoff game since.

The rematch begins tonight at 8PM ET on TNT.

The medical recommendation for Rose by the surgery was eight to 12 months. It is now 10 months in. As Thibodeau says, right on schedule. Not necessarily to play, but in rehabilitation. And as I’ve noted, even if Rose returns this season it’s only as a part time player. Though it is a good lesson for him as it was for LeBron. Most don’t love you. They cheer for you so they can experience their own good feelings, be it their team or their wager or them declaring themselves a winner by you efforts. It’s the other side of what athletes say about the game becoming a business. Players unfortunately find out they are equally disposable to many fans. Can you blame them that much when they then don’t stop for autographs or blow off appearances. Now here’s a kid who has been a wonderful role model, never in trouble, dedicated to his family, taking terrible blows in games like those vicious falls after being smacked down by Dwight Howard and playing though excruciating pain and putting himself on the line in big playoff games again and again against the top players in the league, bringing home to Chicago honors and declaring his fidelity to the city. So he has a career changing injury. And yes, an injury like that often does change your career. While just a kid, just 23 years old. You are indestructible one day and the next you can’t walk or stand up without help and you have to go through long day after long day learning to walk again and it’s not even a year yet in a doctor’s recommendation that full recovery isn’t for 12 to 18 months and people are calling you names. So you wonder why athletes get like they do sometimes. I’m not suggesting Derrick is or even hears this stuff as he stays pretty much to his family and the team. I’m around the team enough to know his relationship with the players isn’t any different than it was a year ago
— Bulls beat writer Sam Smith goes ether on the weird Derrick Rose fan backlash in his latest mailbag
Derrick Rose running stairs before tip-off tonight.

Derrick Rose running stairs before tip-off tonight.

(via gotemcoach)

DERRICK ROSE AFTER BULLS DEFEAT MIAMI HEAT
Right around the corner…
#GotEmCoach

(via gotemcoach)

DERRICK ROSE AFTER BULLS DEFEAT MIAMI HEAT

Right around the corner…

#GotEmCoach

(gif via nba-4-life)

Joe Crowley of the Chicago Sun Times:

According to an NBA source, while ‘‘The Return’’ to the court for NBA games is still up in the air for Rose, the all-everything point guard could be just weeks away from practicing with the Bulls again…

‘‘That’s the belief that a couple of [the Bulls’] players are under,’’ the source said.

Rose has been expected to be able to play in games by February, but that has been inferred more than actually stated. Even if the Bulls receive the ultimate Christmas present of getting him back on the practice court just before Dec. 25, it doesn’t mean he’s necessarily ahead of that February schedule — or behind it.

I’m sure I share the cognitive dissonance of all Bulls fans when I say “Get well soon D. Rose; and don’t rush back.”

In related news: Ricky(-tikki) Rubio zipped a pass through a teammates legs in practice and feels good, and we might see Hey-mon Shumpert sometime in January.

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