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Rose stays positive with postseason approaching

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Rose stays positive with postseason approaching

CHARLOTTE "Story of my life," lamented Derrick Rose. "Just getting treatment, waking up at 9 every day. Turned myself into a morning person."

Notorious for being a late riser, Rose has had to suck it up this season in order to get therapy on his litany of injuries. The 23-year-old has missed five games each due to turf toe and lower back spasms, another 12 because of a strained right groin, one because of a sprained right ankle and will miss his second consecutive contest with a sore right foot, his 25th of the condensed campaign, Wednesday night.

From speculation that his body is breaking down early in his young career to whispers that hes soft not from anyone whos around him on a regular basis, but observers still convinced the Bulls failure to get past Miami in the Eastern Conference Finals last spring meant the All-Star point guard was undeserving of regular-season MVP honors no one seems to chalk up his ailments to, as his coach, Tom Thibodeau would say, misfortune.

Whatever the negative reasoning for his injury-plagued season, Rose doesnt want to hear any of it and instead of buying into the sky-is-falling theories most observers have with the postseason approaching and his body still not 100 percent healthy, he remains defiant that things will sort themselves out.

Im not thinking that way. I think if you put things into the universe, they come true. Im just trying to stay focused, staying happy, staying positive, keeping my spirits up and hopefully Ill be healthy in the playoffs. I rested almost a whole year with injuries. Definitely hurting me, not being able to play right now, but my health is a concern right now, said Rose, who attributes his injuries to the condensed schedule, something thats afflicted numerous role players and his superstar peers alike, such as Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade. Think about it: Thats the only that changed. The way I work out is usually the same, even though I ran more than I did in the past. I really dont know what to blame it on. Its just like a freak accident, freak injuries. It just happened.

Its been hard a little bit. I cant lie. Missing all these games, just playing against great competition. Just playing the game, period. Being out there with my teammates, practicing with my teammates. Trying not to distance myself from them by me not playing. Just staying around. Trying to stay positive, talking to them. Its definitely been hard, but theyve been doing a great job of making me feel like Im part of the team. Talking to me, calling me, eating with one another. Just making me feel good and I think thats raising my spirits up a little bit, too, continued the reigning league MVP, who acknowledged that hes been more short-tempered than usual this campaign he bristled at the flagrant foul delivered by Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva, which caused a cut over the bridge of his nose, in the Bulls overtime win Sunday at Detroit and didnt dissuade the notion that frustration from his long absences have fueled his increasingly short fuse. Probably so. Its hard, man. For someone to not miss more than what, seven, 10 games in a year, to miss 20-something, 30-something games. It hurts, man. Especially when something that you love the most and one of the things that you love most, playing this game, is taken away from you because of health-wise and it hurts a little bit, but I started thinking about the things that Im grateful for and Im still blessed.

But Rose, as disappointed as hes been to not be battling alongside his close-knit squad, doesnt feel any resentment from his supporting cast and reiterated that hell make a return to the court sooner than later, which would put the Bulls with their league-best record and relative success without the superstar, not to mention another season to mature, further jell and the addition of an experienced backcourt scorer in Rip Hamilton, whos finally healthy and showing flashes of why his acquisition was so well-regarded back in December in position to be favorites to come out of the East.

I wouldnt say that. They know we have a couple games to close out the season. Of course I would want to come back as soon as possible just to get my rhythm going, but playoffs are the playoffs and my biggest thing is my health right now, and just getting me healthy, I should be able to iron out the rest, he stated. I would want to play as soon as possible. I would say tonight, tomorrow. It really doesnt matter. I just want to get out there, man. I miss the game and hopefully youll see me out there soon.

NBA Board of Governors pass new, stricter anti-tampering rules

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NBA Board of Governors pass new, stricter anti-tampering rules

After much discussion over whether or not the NBA should impose harsher penalties on teams for breaking the anti-tampering rules, an official decision has been made. The NBA Board of Governors passed a much more strict set of rules that will force teams to be compliant with the anti-tampering rules.

Among the new measures, the league will be selecting five teams per year that will undergo a "random audit", the maximum amount for a fine related to tampering has been raised to $10 million and team officials are required to save communications with agents for one full year.

The league will also retain the right to take the communication devices of owners if it is deemed necessary in investigations, though it has been stated that it is not something that Adam Silver wants to rely on moving forward. 

Though concrete details have not been released, possible punishments for tampering will reportedly include taking away draft picks, the voiding of contracts and more.

This is all in an attempt to create a more "even playing field" amid the belief that small-market teams are at a disadvantage when it comes to player movement. The new rules sound great but there is already fear among NBA GMs when it comes to how their privacy will be affected with this being a clear area of focus for the league. 

Along with the new, harsher tampering penalties, the league also announced that they have changed the language regarding traveling calls to "address the uncertainty around traveling." Another new rule announced was that teams are now required to announce their starting lineups at least 30 minutes before tipoff as opposed to 10 minutes, in an effort to "increase transparency for teams, media and fans." Teams will still be allowed to change their lineups up to the last minute if a player gets hurt in pregame warmups. 

All of the new anti-tampering rules approved by the league on Friday were a response to this wild NBA offseason we just experienced. There were many deals agreed to right at the start of free agency, such as the Bulls with Thaddeus Young, and the timing of those deals had many owners wanting the league to make tampering a greater focus. To a greater extent, moves like Anthony Davis forcing his way to the Lakers and Kawhi Leonard orchestrating he and Paul George's move to the Clippers are what got this package of anti-tampering measures passed.

Adam Silver has picked up a reputation as an NBA Commissioner who is very willing to listen to new ideas and make changes, and Friday's events support that reputation as he and the league continue to look for the best ways to get NBA teams to be in compliance with the anti-tampering rules. 

Is Ryan Arcidiacono trying to become the fourth Jonas Brother?

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Is Ryan Arcidiacono trying to become the fourth Jonas Brother?

The Jonas Brothers are in Chicago for concerts that are taking place on Thursday and Friday night, and they have enjoyed quite a week. This week the trio has enjoyed a nice golf outing at Village Links in Glen Ellyn, had some quality BBQ at Bub City and even got the amazing opportunity to play a touch football game at Soldier Field. But one particular Bulls guard is looking to add another fun experience to their Chicago trip.

The Bulls organization welcomed the Jonas Brothers to the city with a set of custom jerseys for the trio and their significant others and that's when Ryan Arcidiacono chimed in with his offer. 

Since the Jonas Brothers have already got to play some football on the actual Soldier Field grass, Arci figured they might as well keep the Chicago sports-themed fun going and shoot some hoops with him. 

Now, Arcidiacono didn't make it clear whether or not he was offering for the Jonas Brother to get some shots up with him at the United Center, where their shows take place on Thursday and Friday night. But, either way, his time is running out as they will be moving on to Jackson County, MO for their next stop on tour on September 21.

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