CSN's Chuck Garfien and Vincent Goodwill discuss the Bulls taking a cautious approach with Derrick Rose (knee/hamstring) and Joakim Noah (shoulder) in this edition of the Honda Road Ahead., presented by Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana Honda dealers.
Derrick Rose has been sidelined for the last three games due to hamstring soreness, and the MRI revealed Monday that there was no structural damage in his right knee. Coach Fred Hoiberg said he'll be a game-time decision on Tuesday, but like the Bulls always have been, they'll be cautious when bring back their point guard.
"It's all about pain management at this point," Goodwill said. "You want to take things slow, you want to take things cautiously, that's the approach the Bulls have always taken with Derrick Rose since the first knee injury and I don't think they're going to do anything differently now. You want him to be out there confident, you want him to be playing the way he played before he got hurt.
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"To throw him out there if he's not feeling 100 percent, I don't think it's worth the risk."
It's also not worth the risk to rush back Joakim Noah, who has missed the last six games with a shoulder injury. Hoiberg admitted Noah isn't ready to return to action yet, and will surely treat him no differently than Rose, making sure he's fully back to normal before re-inserting him into the lineup.
See what else Garfien and Goodwill had to say in the video above.
A report via Sporting News writer Sean Deveney surfaced early on Tuesday morning, stating that the Bulls possibly have interest in free agent big man Jahlil Okafor.
According to sources, Okafor, the No. 3 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, worked out for four teams last Wednesday in Las Vegas, and remains hopeful of signing with a team ahead of training camp next fall.
The Pacers were listed along with the Bulls as teams that could be looking at Okafor, though neither team was at his summer workouts in Las Vegas.
From a public relations standpoint, the Bulls could sell the idea of having a roster with multiple IHSA champions. It would be a feel-good story, with Okafor and Parker joining a young and developing core. But from an on-court perspective, the move makes little sense.
Chicago has a clogged frontcourt rotation that includes Lauri Markkanen, Bobby Portis, Robin Lopez, Cristiano Felicio and No. 7 overall pick Wendell Carter Jr. And while Parker is likely going to play the majority of his minutes on the wing, he will see time at the four and possibly five as well in spot minutes. Okafor has proven to be a capable low-post scorer and little else at this stage in his career.
Okafor has averaged 12.9 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game, but has only played 131 games over three seasons. He struggled to get minutes last year with the Sixers or the Brooklyn Nets (12.6 minutes per game in 2017-18). His continued poor defense and lack of rebounding prowess were the main reasons why.
He had a 59.3 true shooting percentage in his 26 games with the Nets, as well as 18.2 points per 36 minutes. But his defensive rating of 110 points given up per 100 possessions would do little to help a Bulls team that currently lacks established defensive centers sans Lopez. Even on a minimum contract, an Okafor signing would likely signal a forthcoming trade from the Bulls. In today’s NBA, Having four centers on your roster would be ridiculous, no matter how good the narrative is.
Antoine Griezmann, you just won the World Cup, what are you going to do next?
Apparently, profess his love for Derrick Rose.
In the celebrations of France winning the World Cup on Sunday, French forward Griezmann spotted his teammate Paul Pogba getting interviewed by FOX Sports. Recognizing this was the American audience, Griezmann took the mic from FOX's Jenny Taft and had one thing to say:
"I love Derrick Rose."
Griezmann, who scored a goal in France's 4-2 win against Croatia in the final, is a big NBA fan. He has been spotted at multiple games over the years, including Game 5 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals between the Celtics and Cavs.
This also isn't the first time he has made a comment about D-Rose. He recently signed a contract extension with his club team, Atletico Madrid, but a year ago said the only way he would leave was to play with Rose.
"I would only leave Atleti to play with Derrick Rose," Griezmann said through translation.
In 2015 he posted an image of himself in a Derrick Rose Bulls jersey to his Instagram.
Later that year he took in a Bulls game and got a photo with Joakim Noah.
Maybe when the 27-year-old is ready to leave Europe, he will join a Major League Soccer team just so he can watch more NBA games.
UPDATE: Rose tweeted congratulations to Griezmann.