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Derrick Rose misses Bulls' loss to Hornets with 'general soreness'

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Derrick Rose misses Bulls' loss to Hornets with 'general soreness'

CHARLOTTE—Derrick Rose’s health hadn’t been a question of late, as virtually everyone of note had been nursing some injury of some kind with the All-Star break mercifully coming at the perfect time.

But now Rose is joining the party, being a late scratch in Monday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets with what’s been termed “general soreness.” It’s the end of a rigorous road swing where the Bulls have jumped time zones seemingly each of the last five days, so it appears to be a matter of precaution.

“Just soreness. All over. That’s pretty much it. Body soreness,” Rose said before the Bulls' 108-91 loss.

Jimmy Butler is out and his return from a left knee strain depends on his body’s response to treatment, Nikola Mirotic just got out of the hospital with his appendicitis, Joakim Noah is out for the season and Pau Gasol is playing with a wrap on his hand after injuring three fingers late in Sacramento last week.

“Derrick was not moving well in shootaround this morning,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said after the game. “That’s when we started think about it. We got here and he wasn’t moving much better, so the decision was made not to play him.”

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Not to mention Doug McDermott is sore from a fall in Sacramento as well but is receiving treatment and able to play.

Since Christmas, Rose has played well and in four games this month, he’s averaging 20.8 points, 7.8 assists and 5.8 rebounds while playing 35 minutes a night, with the Bulls going 1-3 in that stretch.

“It’s our fifth game in seven nights, Derrick just came off a back-to-back,” Hoiberg said. “He’s playing real well, we feel right now, with pace. It’s just one of those things. We made that decision.”

It was announced late, right when the teams had to submit the starting lineups to the league and media, right at the end of the league-mandated media availability when locker rooms were opened, so Rose only had time to answer a couple queries.

The Bulls return home for their final game before the All-Star break against the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday.

“Recovery stuff. Foam room. Stretching,” Rose said. “Doing all the recovery stuff so that my body’s good.”

Report: Bulls sign former Arizona Wildcat Rawle Alkins to two-way contract

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Report: Bulls sign former Arizona Wildcat Rawle Alkins to two-way contract

A report on Sunday from Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports indicated that the Bulls have agreed to a two-way contract with former Arizona Wildcat Rawle Alkins. 

The 6'5'' guard was a teammate of Lauri Markkanen on the 2017 Wildcats, and many expected him to be a potential lottery pick after showing off the all-around skill set that also made him the top player in the state of New York in high school.

After going undrafted, Alkins played for the Toronto Raptors Summer League team, where he put up 9 points, 4.67 rebounds, and 2 assists per game. In the six  Las Vegas Summer League games he played in, Alkins shot poor from the field (37 percent) and the free throw line (62.5 percent), but he knocked down his 3-pointers, shooting 43.9 percent on a healthy 3.5 attempts from deep per game. 

There is an obvious fit on the Bulls for a player like Alkins. He was a career 36.5 percent 3-point shooter in his two college seasons, and has the physical profile of a great wing defender at the NBA-level. Alkins has a 6'9'' wingspan, and at a listed 220 lbs., it is easy to see him having the potential to guard four-to-five different positions on the floor. At this stage of the rebuild, the Bulls could really use as many of the coveted "3-and-D" wings as they can get. And there are some, like, The Ringer's Chris Vernon, who think that Alkins has the potential to become a glue guy.

Alkins will be a fan favorite wherever he plays. You want a Marcus Smart, Tony Allen, or P.J. Tucker–type player when you need a big play in a big game. I see that with Alkins.

-The Ringer's Chris Vernon 

The nature of the two-way contract means that Bulls fans will to catch some Windy City Bulls games to see Alkins in action. But much like Antonio Blakeney last season, we could see Alkins make an instant impact in the G League and get a call-up sooner than later, especially if the Bulls decide to move on from veteran Justin Holiday.

Either way, the pick up is a shrewd move by the Bulls front office. Alkins is a well-rounded, defense-first player who will be joining a young roster overstocked with scoring talent, but thin on defenders capable of guarding on the perimeter or executing a switching defense at a high level.

Jabari Parker and Tyler Ulis shine at open run in Chicago

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Jabari Parker and Tyler Ulis shine at open run in Chicago

Jabari Parker is looking forward to what will surely be an intriguing season for he and the Chicago Bulls.


Parker signed a two-year, $40 million contract, that essentially acts as a tryout for the Bulls. The second year of the contract is a team option, meaning should things not go well, the organization can cut ties with him. But after 183 career games with the Bucks over four seasons, it was clear that Parker was in need of a fresh start. In Chicago, he will slide in as the day one starting small forward, and is already paid like a player who is definitely appreciated by his organization.


But with all of the off the court stuff taken care of for now, Parker's main focus is getting in to the best shape of his life, as he prepares for a full season as a wing player. 


Part of Parker's preparation was a great pickup game in downtown Chicago organized by the Chicago Basketball Club.

 

For Bulls fans itching to get a look at Parker on the court, the video shows off some flashy passing ability, impressive handles and a flurry of pull-up jumpers from the 23-year old forward. He also finishes well in transition in the video, though that is to be taken with a grain of salt as Parker was easily the biggest player on the court. 


Other players in the pickup game included former Simeon teammate of Parker's, Kendrick Nunn; and NBA free agent and former Marion Catholic star Tyler Ulis (a possible Bulls target?). If Parker looks as dynamic against NBA competition as he did in the pickup game below, the Bulls are going to have one of the more valuable contracts in the league in 2020, and would be likely to lock up Parker to a long-term deal.