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Bulls: No structural damage on Derrick Rose's knee; Noah still not ready

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Bulls: No structural damage on Derrick Rose's knee; Noah still not ready

The sigh of relief was expected but welcomed nonetheless when Derrick Rose’s MRI showed no structural damage in his right knee, an action that seemed to be more precautionary than anything.

Rose has missed the last three games with hamstring soreness and Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said the point guard will be a game-time decision Tuesday against the Milwaukee Bucks.

“I think more than anything, it was ruling something out with the soreness that he had,” Hoiberg said. “Like we talked about yesterday, the hamstring feels a lot better. The swelling in the knee has gone down. He had a little bit of soreness and weakness when he did some of the testing before the game. So we took a cautious approach. Tomorrow, we’ll see how he reacts overnight and then see how he is in the morning.”

Rose is coming off some of his most efficient stretch of basketball this season, which looks to play a part in why the Bulls are being so openly cautious about the injury. The injury wasn’t announced until gametime right before the Bulls played the Indiana Pacers on New Year’s Day, and when addressing the media at shootaround Rose made no mention of the injury.

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Hoiberg said Rose went through practice Monday, although there wasn’t a lot of activity following Sunday’s thrilling win over the Toronto Raptors.

Although Rose appears to be on the mend, Joakim Noah’s recovery from a slight left shoulder tear isn’t as optimistic as Hoiberg believed a few days ago. The thought was Noah would be re-evaluated and could make his way back, but there’s still concern he would do further damage if he’s not fully recovered.

“Jo is still not ready. We’re still not comfortable with Jo,” Hoiberg said. “If he gets his arm in a vulnerable position, it could cause some . . . I don’t know if damage but he’s just not quite ready is what I’m trying to say.”

The only thing the Bulls determined from the re-evaluation was that Noah won’t need surgery on the shoulder, which popped out and back in against the Brooklyn Nets on December 21.

“He’s getting evaluated. It’s daily now,” Hoiberg said. “I guess the thing he was going to look at after the two weeks is if it was going to take surgery to repair it. And it’s definitely not going to take that.”

'Rodman: For Better or Worse' 30 for 30 will debut on September 10

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'Rodman: For Better or Worse' 30 for 30 will debut on September 10

On Friday ESPN revealed that the next film in their award-winning 30 for 30 series will focus on the life of former Bull and Hall of Fame forward Dennis Rodman. 

The film—which is titled "Rodman: For Better or Worse" will detail Rodman's journey to becoming a Hall of Famer and five-time NBA Champion. The documentary will detail Rodman's difficult upbringing in Dallas, his dominant run at Southeastern Oklahoma State and his development into one of the greatest rebounders in NBA history. 

While Rodman is no doubt one of the greatest talents in NBA history, he is just as famous for his intriguing and oftentimes shocking off the court exploits. Rodman: For Better or Worse will discuss Rodman diving into international diplomacy issues and all of the deeper reasons behind him becoming the interesting character that we know him as today. 

The documentary will feature interviews from former teammates and coaches of Rodman's, including Bill Laimbeer,  John Salley, Isiah Thomas, Michael Jordan, and Phil Jackson. 

Rodman: For Better or Worse will be directed by Todd Kapostasy. 

Kapostasy is a seven-time Emmy Award winner. He wrote and directed 2016 documentary 'Confessions of a Cubs Fan: A Century of Waiting', which focused on the idea that winning isn't everything in sports amid the backdrop of the Cubs winning the 2016 World Series.

“Rodman: For Better or Worse” released on September 10, at 8 p.m. CT

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Coby White becomes first rookie in NBA history to understand his NBA2K rating

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Coby White becomes first rookie in NBA history to understand his NBA2K rating

It's that time of the year when every fan and player loses their mind over arbitray video game ratings that mean nothing.

That is, unless you're Coby White.

The rookie found out his rating for NBA 2K20 in a video posted to Twitter on Thursday and, much to the delight of this author, was pleased with his 76 rating.

"It's solid," White told Ronnie 2K. "Everybody be wanting their grade to be higher than what it is but I haven't played a game in the league yet so I understand why it's a 76. But I feel like after the season it'll be higher."

White said he hopes he can get his rating up to at least an 80 by the end of the season. Bulls fans would be pleased with that development, too.

White also said he was happy with his likeness in the game, which you can check out below.