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Deng (ribs), Rose (foot) out vs. Wizards

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Deng (ribs), Rose (foot) out vs. Wizards

Derrick Rose and Luol Deng will miss tonights game against the Washington Wizards.

Rose is dealing with some soreness in his right foot. He participated in shootaround prior to tip-off, but its the same foot where he sprained an ankle in the April 8 loss to the New York Knicks in which he was making his return from a 12-game absence while rehabbing from a strained groin.

Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau wasnt sure how Rose hurt the foot and was awaiting word on what the exact issue is and whether it was related to the still sore ankle. The injury flared up overnight, but is not believed to be serious.

Thats the way the season has been and not just for us, for everybody, said Thibodeau. You just have to deal with it, its part of the game. Even in a normal season, youre dealing with injuries and so you have to respond to those challenges and I think our team has shown we have more than enough to win with.

The reigning MVP missed last Tuesdays game against the Knicks as the team held him out to get additional rest for the sore ankle. He returned to play vs. the Miami Heat on Thursday where he scored just two points and shot 1-13 from the field. He scored 24 points and handed out 9 assists in the Bulls overtime win in Detroit on Sunday.

Deng took a shot in his ribs in Sundays win against Detroit and the move to sit him out might also be to get him some rest.

Its winding down and weve had guys miss a lot of time, but we feel good about the guys we have playing, said Thibodeau. Our bench has done a great job all year. Somebody is hurt or injured than the next guy has to step up.

C.J. Watson is likely to start for Rose and Thibodeau said Ronnie Brewer will start in place of Deng.

Kirk Hinrich sent U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland into basketball retirement

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Kirk Hinrich sent U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland into basketball retirement

U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland used to be a basketball star. Then he ran into Kirk Hinrich.

Woodland, who won the 119th U.S. Open Championship on Sunday at Pebble Beach, shared a story about how he transitioned from basketball to golf.

Woodland was attending Washburn University in Kansas, and as a freshman in 2002 he and the Ichabods played the Kansas Jayhawks in an exhibition game.

It was during that game - a 101-66 Kansas victory - that Woodland said he realized he wasn't going to make it as a hooper.

"That decision got forced on me,” Woodland told reporters after his U.S. Open victory. "I had to guard Kirk Hinrich, and I realized, I’m going to have to do something else."

No one can blame Woodland for feeling that way. That Jayhawks team went on to win 30 games and, behind Hinrich and Nick Collison, advanced to the national championship game where they lost to freshman star Carmelo Anthony and Syracuse.

Hinrich went on to become the 7th overall pick in the historic 2003 NBA Draft and played 13 NBA seasons with the Bulls, Hawks and Wizards.

Woodland, ironically, transferred to the University of Kansas as a sophomore and joined the golf team. The rest is history for the major championship winner.

NBA Mock Draft: How the Anthony Davis trade shakes things up

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USA TODAY

NBA Mock Draft: How the Anthony Davis trade shakes things up

The NBA world was turned on its head this past weekend when the New Orleans Pelicans reportedly agreed to trade Anthony Davis to the LA Lakers for a host of players and picks.

Here's how that trade can and will affect the NBA Draft in three days with our latest NBA Mock Draft.