Bulls: Derrick Rose aiming to play Tuesday vs. Trail Blazers


Bulls: Derrick Rose aiming to play Tuesday vs. Trail Blazers

After going through a practice Sunday, it appears Derrick Rose will be available for Tuesday’s game in Portland after missing the last two with a left ankle sprain, saying “that’s what we’re aiming for”.

Rose went through a full practice at the Golden State Warriors practice facility in Oakland and aside from general fatigue, feels the ankle is recovering the way it should.

“The ankle feels alright. Just working on my game every day,” Rose said. “My body’s a little fatigued from sitting out so long but thank God we got today and tomorrow I think we’re gonna go pretty hard.”

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Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Rose looked good in practice and with Aaron Brooks out with a hamstring injury, Rose’s presence will be that much more crucial. Had Rose been healthy enough to play Friday against the Warriors, they very well could’ve ended the champs’ undefeated streak to start the season but came up short in the final five minutes.

“Well, today was a step in the right direction for sure,” Hoiberg said. “He got a good workout in [Saturday]. Still had a little soreness, but he wanted to try and push through, get through a full workout, and it was good to see him back out there again.’’

The Bulls left the Bay Area for Portland Sunday afternoon where they’ll practice again Monday before Tuesday’s game. Rose assumes going a full week without playing won’t be long enough to accumulate real rust.

“I can keep (rhythm) for a little bit,” Rose said. “I’m loving the way I work out. Loving the way I’ve been running in practice, just my conditioning. The pace I’m playing with, the workout sessions. Everything’s going well.”

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Rose had been chasing a good performance and finally caught it in the last game he played, their last-second win against the Indiana Pacers where he missed the last half of the fourth quarter with the ankle injury.

Hoiberg believes games like his 23-point, six-assist showings will become more the norm than exception.

“Well hopefully,” Hoiberg said. “Again, his last game was a really good one. He was in a great rhythm, played a very good game, so hopefully he can pick up where he left off.’’

Bulls Talk Podcast: NBA All-Star 2020 weekend recap and Bulls front office changes?


Bulls Talk Podcast: NBA All-Star 2020 weekend recap and Bulls front office changes?

NBA All-Star weekend in Chicago was a massive success and will be remembered for years to come. Tony Gill is joined by Rob Schaefer to recap everything that went on in the city during All-Star weekend. Later, they discuss the reporter rumors that the Bulls are ready to change things up in the front office.

(0:56) - Experiencing All-Star weekend in Chicago

(5:00) - Stories of All-Star weekend

(11:00) - NBA doesn't fear change of the norm

(18:00) - Should Derrick Rose have been more a part of All-Star weekend?

(24:00) - Bulls are rumored to be changing the front office

(34:00) - Will the Bulls find the best candidate possible?

(40:00) - Which Bulls to watch for in the last stretch of the NBA season

Listen here or in the embedded player below.

Bulls Talk Podcast


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Recap of the NBA 2020 All-Star game in Chicago


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Recap of the NBA 2020 All-Star game in Chicago

David Haugh, Alex Maragos and Chris Bleck join Kap on the panel.

0:00 - The NBA All-Star Game is over and the city was the biggest star of the weekend. The guys weigh in on the thrilling finish and if the rule changes saved the All-Star game.

5:30 - Michael Jordan was not in the "House That MJ Built." Should his Airness have had more of a presence?

9:00 - Michael Reinsdorf and John Paxson spent the weekend asking some of the sport's heavy hitters about how to fix their front office. Will the changes work?

13:00 - Jesse Rogers joins Kap from Cubs camp in Mesa to talk about Javy Baez's comments about not being ready to play some days. They also discuss Kris Bryant's candid comments about his contract and his future with the Cubs.

18:00 - The guys weigh in on Tom Rickett's comments on the state of the team's baseball budget.

26:00 - Chuck Garfien joins Kap from Sox camp in Glendale. They talk about the excitement level with everybody in camp, the team's thoughts on the Astros scandal, the chances Nick Madrigal breaks camp with the team and the Carlos Rodon's progress from Tommy John surgery.

Listen here or in the embedded player below.


Sports Talk Live Podcast