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Rose Out for Cavs Game, Deng to Miss 2-3 Weeks

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Rose Out for Cavs Game, Deng to Miss 2-3 Weeks

Friday, March 19, 2010
7:10 PM

By Aggrey Sam
CSNChicago.com

Prior to tonight's matchup with the Cavaliers, Bulls head coach Vinny Del Negro disclosed the current status of his ailing roster, specifically Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng.

Rose, who had hoped to play in tonight's game, won't be in the lineup, as he continues to recover from the sprained left wrist he suffered against Orlando last week.

"Derrick will not play tonight. His wrist is still very sore, he's still stiff. He still has some inflammation in there," said Del Negro. "He's still struggling to dribble w that left hand."

Concerning Noah, Del Negro commented, "If he does play," citing a potential return after a now 10-game hiatus, "it will be very limited."

Along with Rose, Noah was also evaluated after the team's shootaround prior to the game. While neither player will be in action tonight, they will both be re-evaluated before Saturday night's contest in Philadelphia against the 76ers.

As for Deng, the small forward suffered a setback in his recovery from a strained right calf muscle. Deng apparently tried to warm up before Wednesday's loss to the Mavericks in Dallas, and was capably performing all of the required drills until "straight-ahead jogging" caused him some pain, according to Del Negro.

"Luol's going to be out for two to three weeks," said Del Negro. "He's got more inflammation now than he did before, so that's a setback."

Although Deng "was feeling a lot better" and "the inflammation went down" prior to Wednesday's development, according to Del Negro, a subsequent MRI showed he had more fluid in his calf than before re-aggravating the injury. Deng will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

"I'm concerned about all of them, but guys are going to heal as they heal," said Del Negro.

"It's definitely March Madness," he quipped. "It has nothing to do with college basketball around here."

"Derrick, Luol, Joakim--they definitely want to be out there," he continued. "We want to get back to winning and playing the way were capable of."

When asked about the Bulls' treacherous recent schedule easing up a little bit after tonight, possibly leading to some gins in the win column for the Bulls, Del Negro put things in perspective.

"We don't have our team. Everybody thinks that playing some of the teams that have lesser records are very easy," he observed. "It doesn't work like that."

"Other guys are getting opportunities--a lot of younger guys," continued Del Negro. "We're short-handed in a lot of areas so even when the schedule breaks, there's no easy games for us."

Aggrey Sam is CSNChicago.coms Bulls Insider. Follow him @CSNBullsInsider on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bulls information and his take on the team, the NBA and much more.

Report: Bulls bring back Shaq Harrison on a one-year deal

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Report: Bulls bring back Shaq Harrison on a one-year deal

The Bulls' defense just got a whole lot better.

Just a few hours after reportedly agreeing to a deal with free agent center Luke Kornet, the Bulls have reportedly agreed to bring 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.

Bulls Talk Podcast: Concerns and optimism for Bulls after offseason moves

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Concerns and optimism for Bulls after offseason moves

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?

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