Derrick Rose has missed just seven games in his three-plus seasons with the Bulls and hopes to avoid making it eight. He missed Wednesday's game, suffering a sprain to his left big toe Tuesday in Minnesota and according to the Chicago Tribune he will be a gametime decision vs. the Boston Celtics Friday.
The Tribune reported that Rose participated in portions of the Bulls' morning shootaround and wore a walking boot afterward. Head coach Tom Thibodeau told the Tribune that the boot was precautionary and that he is hopeful.
"He'll warm up and we'll see if he can go," he said. "If he doesn't have any discomfort from this this morning and feels like he's ready to go, he'll start."
The thing with Rose however, is that he'll play through the pain. Do you think he'll be ready to hit the court? Do you think he'll be risking further injury and should he take another day off?
The Bulls' defense just got a whole lot better.
Just a few hours after signing free agent center Luke Kornet, the Bulls have brought back guard Shaq Harrison on a one-year deal.
Harrison's non-guaranteed deal had been waived earlier in the month to make room for Thaddeus Young's three-year, $41 million deal.
It's not an Earth-shattering move that will shift any championship odds in Vegas, but Harrison's return gives the Bulls an outstanding defender and a 25-year-old who spread his wings offensively toward the end of last season.
Harrison's defensive worth really can't be understated. He was statistically one of the best defensive guards in the NBA last season.
His offense is another story. He doesn't exactly have ball-handling capability and his shooting splits - .432/.270/.667 - were nothing to write home about. He averaged 6.5 points in 19.6 minutes.
But he also took on an increased role late in the season with the Bulls "resting" their top-tier players. Over the final 10 games of the season, averaging 30.8 minutes a night, Harrison averaged 12.8 points on 45.8% shooting, 35.3% from deep and even managed 2.2 assists.
He'll slot in somewhere behind Zach LaVine on the second unit, with he, Denzel Valentine, Coby White and Kris Dunn (for now) battling for minutes in the backcourt.
Additional moves could be coming for the Bulls, who could still easily waive Antonio Blakeney's contract or deal Dunn to get the Bulls to 15 contracts. Kornet and Harrison would give the Bulls 16 contracts.
On this edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast, Mark Schanowski, Mark Strotman, and Matt Peck discuss NBA Summer League and Bulls odds to make the postseason.
0:45 Impressions of Bulls at Summer League and not overreacting
2:00 On concern over Coby White’s 3-point shooting
3:25 On the positive signs from White in Vegas
4:40 On the pushback that Ricky O’Donnell got from suggesting Arci may be ahead of White in the rotation
7:30 Did the Bulls have an underrated offseason?
9:45 How the biggest concern and reason for optimism is health
12:00 Why a deeper roster puts more pressure on Jim Boylen and his staff
16:10 Any chance of John Sabine trying out for the Windy City Bulls?
17:05 Our favorites in the wide open Western Conference and can the Lakers make it work?
21:55 Can the Bucks put it together and win the East next season?
25:10 Darkhorse team in either conference?
28:05 Is it too much to expect the Bulls to make the playoffs?
Bulls Talk Podcast