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Injured Rose's status for tonight uncertain

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Injured Rose's status for tonight uncertain

After battling through his sprained left big toe injury, suffered last Tuesday at Minnesota, for four games, Derrick Rose finally took a breather. Prior to Monday afternoons game in Memphis, Rose warmed up, but the pain of the injury was too much.

I went out there to shoot, a little sore, sorer than usual, he said after the Bulls loss to the Grizzlies. I decided to sit out. I was mad, mad the whole time, but hopefully in the future it gets better.

Said Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau: Hes day-to-day. Well see how he is tomorrow.

He just said it was sore. Thats it. If Derrick can play, hell play, he continued. Its a pain-tolerance thing, so well see how it goes.

At this point, Roses status for Tuesday nights home game against the Suns is uncertain.

If it was up to me, yeah. I want to play tomorrow. Ill try my hardest, but if not, Ill have to sit out again, said Rose. Yeah the team probably will recommend that he rests the injury, but its up to me if I want to go out there and play. Its my decision.

They left it up to me for tomorrow.

Rose was particularly disappointed that a game he had to sit out came in Memphis, where he played his lone season of college basketball.

It feels good being back here, seeing old faces from when I was back here. Its always fun to be here. Im kind of mad that I didnt get the opportunity to get out there and play, but theres always next year, he said. I was definitely mad tonight that I didnt get a chance to play, just to play for the fans, my fans back here. I was kind of upset about it.

In a bittersweet twist, Rose was officially named as one of 20 finalists for the 2012 USA Olympic basketball team.

Its an honor to be on that list. If it was up to me, Ill definitely play in it, but Coach K and all the coaching staff has to pick the players, said Rose of the long-expected nomination. Hopefully youll see me playing on that team, but if not, Ill definitely be training hard in the offseason.

NBA Mock Draft 3.0: Workout season could be more important than ever

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NBA Mock Draft 3.0: Workout season could be more important than ever

With Zion Williamson making his NBA regular season debut Wednesday night, we finally got a chance to see what a No. 1 overall draft pick is supposed to look like: an athletic and versatile skill set, with the chance to impact a franchise for years to come. 

2019 No. 2 overall pick Ja Morant also looks like a franchise-changing talent with his speed and playmaking ability, lifting Memphis into playoff contention.

So, which players will have that kind of impact in the 2020 draft?

Well, for now it’s almost impossible to say. James Wiseman, the 7-foot-1 Memphis center, dropped out of school after playing just three games because of an eligibility battle with the NCAA. His size and raw tools are intriguing, but at this point his offensive game is extremely limited.

Meanwhile, Lonzo Ball’s younger brother, LaMelo is sitting out the rest of the Australian professional league season while he rehabs from a foot injury, another Australian professional, R.J. Hampton, just returned from a hip injury and North Carolina’s combo guard Cole Anthony is getting ready to return from a knee injury to finish his one and done season. 

That’s left NBA talent evaluators scrambling in trying to figure out the top of the draft, with only Georgia’s Anthony Edwards healthy and available among the players projected as the possible No. 1 overall pick. 

So, as we get closer to the end of January, here’s a look at how teams could view the available talent, with the understanding that the draft order will change dramatically as NBA scouts and GMs get a look at how players perform in the most important games of the season still to come.

2020 NBA mock draft 3.0

Kemba Walker and Trae Young being named All-Star starters could help Zach LaVine

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Kemba Walker and Trae Young being named All-Star starters could help Zach LaVine

On Thursday, the NBA revealed the East and West starters for the 2020 All-Star Game in Chicago. Take a look:


Bulls fans will be honed in on the East selections given Zach LaVine's absence, though his realistic chances of starting the game have been slim-to-none since the first month of the season. In the last round of fan voting returns, LaVine was sixth among Eastern Conference backcourt players. He finished there, as well:


LaVine will get a chance to slide into a reserve slot, but the East’s starting backcourt of Kemba Walker and Trae Young leaves a crowded field to contend with. Guards competing for the seven reserve spots include Ben Simmons, Khris Middleton, Kyle Lowry, Bradley Beal, Malcolm Brogdon and Jaylen Brown. And that's without mentioning frontcourt favorites in Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler, Jayson Tatum and Domantas Sabonis.

But a modicum of good news did come from this announcement for those stumping for LaVine: Kyrie Irving's omission from the starting lineup. Irving, who has only played 15 games this season, had been second in fan voting at the time of last returns. Had he snuck in with the starters, LaVine would have also had Walker or Young to compete with for a reserve spot, both of whom he matches up with unfavorably. One has to figure Irving's odds of being selected by coaches as a reserve aren't high.

LaVine's chances still aren't necessarily great, but the coaches' picks for reserves will be announced on Jan. 30. If LaVine is shorted there, as well, there remains the possibility of an injury replacement down the road, which commissioner Adam Silver would select (this is probably his best shot).

Once the final pool of players is decided, they'll be drafted by team captains Giannis Antetokoumpo and LeBron James on Feb. 6.

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