ORLANDO -- Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau would only confirm that of his players, shooting guard Rip Hamilton would miss Monday evenings game against the Magic. Derrick Rose, however, hinted that the teams entire starting backcourt would be out.
"Im feeling good. My groin is getting better. Just trying to stay positive, keep a clean head mentally. Im thinking God does everything for a reason. Otherwise, Im feeling good. My health is OK. Im not sick or anything. Its just my groin, Rose said prior to the teams morning shootaround at the Amway Center, in a bit of an understatement. I havent been able to run like that. I havent ran in a couple of days. Just making sure that my leg is OK and making sure that the pain goes away very quickly.
To recap: Rose suffered a strained right groin in last Mondays home victory against the Knicks, after which he criticized the game officiating, resulting in a 25,000 fine from the NBA. Since then, Rose has mostly been seen, but not heard, while the Bulls have been taking a cautious approach to his recovery.
Well see, Thibodeau said, giving his customary answer when asked about Roses status. Before Roses return, Thibodeau would need to see improvement. Hes moving along, but we just have to be patient. I want to make sure hes completely healthy before we bring him back.
Could be a few days, who knows? Each day you just want him to make progress, continued the coach, who officially termed Roses status as day-to-day. When hes healthy, hes healthy. Were not going to rush him back and we want him to be completely healthy. I think thats important.
Added Rose, who has lifted weights, but hasnt run or shot the ball during his current three-game absence: I really dont know. They havent gave me a time. They say with an injury like this, you really dont know how long its going to take. I thought I was going to be back soon, but missing big games that I would hate to miss, like the one tonight. But Ive got to worry about my health.
You dont want this to linger, where I cant move right now. Every day, its definitely getting better, continued the reigning league MVP, who admitted his groin remained tight as of Monday morning. Its definitely been frustrating. This is the most Ive been injured, ever, in my life. The biggest thing is just staying strong mentally missing these games. Were playing good right now. Definitely hurting me, but keeping a positive attitude.
As Rose has been keeping a low profile since the Knicks game, he took the time to explain how his injury occurred.
In the New York game, when I went to the hole, I took off kind of wrong and Knicks guard Jeremy Lin beat my shot. I thought I was going to take off, but I couldnt get up that high. I just felt a pull and I thought that it was a charley horse or something, explained Rose, who has missed 14 games this season with a variety of ailments. Whenever I went down, I was trying to stretch out, but it was pain there. Usually when you have a charley horse, its just tight. I felt a little bit of pain, but I wanted to play through it. Ended up playing through it and I think I made it worse.
It had to be adrenaline. After the game, I remember walking back into the locker room. I told the trainers immediately that I wasnt feeling right, that my leg was really messed up. They looked at it and saw what it was, and I had to go get treatment and everything the next day, he continued. It was a strain, not a tear. Thank God for that.
Rose also discussed his fine, handed down by the league office last week. The 23-year-old accepted his fate, but stands by his reasoning, though he feels his choir-boy image may have contributed to the punishment being levied.
They were facts. I thought they were facts, but losing 25K definitely hurts. I dont care who you are, it hurts. I was just frustrated at the time and I couldnt hold myself back from saying what I said, he said. Im talking to the officials a little bit more. Its not going to stop the way that I play. Im going to continue to attack, play hard and hopefully I get the calls.
They still look at me as a little kid or -- I dont know how you would say it -- but a demigod or something? I cant say anything, so for me to say something, I had to be thinking it. Its been four years. I was just frustrated at the time. They said theyll look at it and just try to move on from there.