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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.

Bulls Talk Podcast: Getting to know the Bulls Outsiders team; bold predictions for this season

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Getting to know the Bulls Outsiders team; bold predictions for this season

On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, the Bulls Outsiders team of Matt Peck, David Watson, and John Sabine join Kevin Anderson to talk about the series premier of ‘Bulls Outsiders’ Thursday night. Hear about how the show came together and what they are hoping to bring to the Bulls fanbase this season. They’ll also share their bold predictions for the season including two potential end-of-season award winners from this roster.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

Kris Dunn thinks Zach LaVine could be 'a good defender in this league'

Kris Dunn thinks Zach LaVine could be 'a good defender in this league'

We all know what Zach LaVine is capable of doing on the offensive side of things. But what about his defense?

It's no secret that LaVine has had his fair share of struggles on defense, but Kris Dunn thinks highly of his 23-year-old teammate and what his potential is at the other end.

"On the defensive end I just told him, 'You're as fast as me. You're more athletic than me. There's no way you shouldn't be a good defender in this league. You could be one of those guys who could be dynamic in the passing lanes because you're so athletic and fast.'" Dunn said of LaVine. "And personally, I like to score. If you get in a passing lane, that's a dunk for yourself and because you've got so much bounce that's when you get the crowd on their feet — maybe do a windmill, a 360, something.

"But I think he's been going a good job on the defensive end. It's not going to be easy. We all got to learn and I think we're all trying."

Improving his defense would obviously be a big step forward for LaVine (and the Bulls), and he knows it. 

“I think I had a lot better focus on the defensive end,” LaVine said when assessing his preseason. “I had some mistakes too, but I wanted to go out there and just really hone in on being more focused down there. I felt like I did OK with that. Still some areas I want to get better at, definitely off-the-ball I think I did a lot better than I had before.’’

LaVine and the Bulls travel to Philadelphia to face the 76ers on Thursday night in their season opener. You can watch Bulls Pre- and Postgame Live on NBC Sports Chicago before and after the game for highlights and analysis.