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Rose out, Butler in against Sixers, describes his 'process'

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Rose out, Butler in against Sixers, describes his 'process'

PHILADELPHIA — The Bulls could have a skeleton crew for tonight’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers, as Jimmy Butler didn’t go through shootaround, Pau Gasol didn’t make the trip and Derrick Rose is a out with tendonitis in his left knee.

Rose went through shootaround after tweaking his left knee in Tuesday’s loss in Milwaukee, but said he doesn’t feel 100 percent when pushing off his left leg.

When asked if he was playing after going through a warm-up 90 minutes before gametime, Rose said, “not tonight.”

Butler will play, but his right ankle sprain is something that should be monitored after he sprained it late in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s loss to the Bucks.

The Bulls will play Dallas at home for the final game in their four-in-five stretch back at the United Center on Friday.

“It felt better, but we’ll see how it is before I get back over here,” Rose said in the morning shootaround. “Still didn’t have the explosiveness that I would want, but it’s getting better every day, so that’s the good thing about it. (Tuesday) was the only day that it felt that way, so not worried about it.’’

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Rose said he didn’t feel any added pressure to play with Butler’s status still in the air as of the late morning. After all, it’s the 76ers they’re going against and even a less-than-full squad should be enough to take care of business.

“I believe in my teammates if I’m not ready to play or if I’m not able to go I’m just not going to go,” Rose said. “I wanted to play as many games as I want to, as I can. It’s frustrating of course when you miss games, but can’t get mad at that. It’s the reality. I just got to deal with it and just keep getting recovery, getting the treatment like I’ve been doing.”

Rose missed three games recently with a hamstring injury and has played in 32 of the 38 games so far this season. If that trend holds up, he’s on track to play 69 games (84 percent), the most he’s played since his MVP season in 2011.

In the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, which culminated in Rose tearing his ACL in Game 1 of the first-round series against the 76ers, Rose played in 39 of the 66 games (59 percent).

He missed all of the next season and 10 games in the 2013-14 season before last year, when he underwent meniscus surgery after the All-Star break before returning right before the playoffs.

He commonly refers to an injury as “the process,” as in with the way his body has gone through so much over the last four years, getting through the season will be viewed as a success.

Then next year, once he knows he can complete a season, he believes he’ll ramp it up another gear from an individual standpoint.

“That’s all a part of the process,” Rose said. “Coming into the season, I was just trying to play as many games as possible. Next year, that’s when I throw in my individual goals and all that, but it’s all about getting a solid season under my belt, playing hard in the playoffs whenever we get there, but along the way just being smart and really taking care of my body, and pushing my teammates to be better.”

Michael Porter Jr.: 'I'm the perfect fit for today's NBA game'

Michael Porter Jr.: 'I'm the perfect fit for today's NBA game'

Michael Porter Jr. grabbed some attention when he remarked that he was "perfect fit for today's NBA game" during an appearance on The Will Cain Show.

The interview went a long way towards showing off the uber-confident nature of Porter, who has consistently talked about being the best player in his class throughout the draft process. Porter also remarked that he was "an immediate impact guy," and that he "doesn't want it to take long to be one of the best players in the NBA."

His hubris has been intruiging considering the mystery surrounding the prospect.

During the interview Porter added that he would be open to doing more workouts for NBA front offices ahead of Thursday's NBA Draft. The only workout he has completed so far was his pro day workout in Chicago, and multiple reports have cited that Porter did look good shooting, though he was in an isolated setting with no defenders.

The one thing Porter has not done much throughout the process is talk about his weaknesses, which is somewhat concerning seeing as he has much to improve on. The general consensus is that a healthy Porter can get buckets at will. But if he can improve his ball-handling, rebounding and passing skills, he will be much more than a go-to scorer. Tightening his ball-handling skills is likely the key, as the ability to grab the rebound and push in transition would be a huge boon for Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg's offense.

The biggest question when it comes to Porter on the Bulls is can he fit with Lauri Markkanen? Despite receiving many favorable Kevin Durant and Paul George comparisons leading up to the draft, there is a rising sentiment that his best position in the NBA may be the power forward spot. It is not yet known if he has the foot speed to stay in front of quicker wings in today's NBA. But at six-feet-ten-inches, it is easy to imagine him having a huge advantage against slower power forwards rather than wings. While Markkanen is not currently built to be a full-time center, playing him at the five with Porter at the four would present Hoiberg with a potentially devastating closing lineup.

Versatility is the name of the game in today's league, and Michael Porter Jr. may be the key to unlocking the full potential of Hoiberg's pace-and-space attack. 

Paul Zipser says he is unlikely to return to Bulls

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Paul Zipser says he is unlikely to return to Bulls

Just two years after being drafted in the second round, Paul Zipser told German media that he doesn’t see the Bulls wanting him next season.

The Bulls have until mid-July to pick up Zipser's option.

"I would not be surprised if they no longer want me.” Zipser said in German and translated via Google Translate

“Actually, I'm pretty sure I will not play in Chicago soon.”

Last month, Zipser had surgery on his fractured left foot, in his native country of Germany, which grew speculation the Bulls wouldn’t pick up his player option for next season. Zipser said the surgery "went perfectly."

Zipser showed some flashes of potential in his rookie season, averaging 5.5 per game and 2.8 rebounds in 44 games. But this past season, he played more games, but injuries derailed him from improving his overall production. He finished with four points and 2.4 rebounds in 54 games, including 12 starts.

Zipser explained that things changed from his first year to his second year.

“They were very varied," Zipser said. "The first year was just going very well. I fought my way into the team from the beginning and showed how I can help the team. The Bulls just needed someone like me. That's why it worked so well. We benefited from each other - that's why we were successful.”

“That was very different. It was not right from the beginning, and I was already struggling with my injury. It was not quite clear what it is. If you have pain in your foot, you automatically go down a bit with intensity. You just do not want to hurt yourself and be completely out. It was then difficult for me to keep my head in the sport - I did not manage that well. Nevertheless, the injury should not be an excuse.”

Nothing is official yet, but it sounds like Zipser might not dress up in a Bulls uniform next year.