While talk of Derrick Rose and what he means to the Bulls is bandied about in the media, Rose's teammates know and had that reinforced on Monday.
The reigning NBA MVP visited his teammates at the Berto Center two days after suffering a playoffs-ending left ACL injury in Game 1 on Saturday afternoon. He was said to be in "pretty good spirits" by Kyle Korver.
Coach Tom Thibodeau didn't know if Rose would be with the team for Game 2 on Tuesday night, but he didn't rule it out either.
"We want him around ... I don't think he'll be able to travel with us, but he'll be around," Thibodeau said. "And he wants to be around. He's excited to get around his teammates."
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JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and Paul Aspan wonder if Mitchell Trubisky’s trip to the Pro Bowl can be beneficial. Plus, they talk about the Bears going to London next year and how Ryan Pace can fix issues at kicker and running back in the offseason. You can listen to the whole thing right here, or in the embedded player below:
0:25: What if you had someone who both knew Sean McVay and was friends with Manny Machado? Would they be an NFL head coach or be playing for the White Sox?
1:20: Mitchell Trubisky is a Pro Bowler. Did he deserve it? Does it matter?
6:30: Why it’s cool to see Charles Leno and Cody Whitehair get Pro Bowl nods, too
9:05: The Bears are going to London! Neat opportunity, or cause for concern?
12:45: Did the NFC/AFC Championship games make you think the Bears are closer or farther to the Super Bowl?
15:10: Would you rather your team lose on Cody Parkey’s double-doink or on an absurdly missed pass interference call?
19:10: How should the Bears go about fixing their kicking situation?
23:00: What does Ryan Pace need to do to address the run game?
26:40: Sneaky positions of need for the Bears in 2019
The Bears were the most profitable NFL team against the spread in the 2018 season. According to The Action Network, the Bears were 12-4 against the spread (ATS), and almost automatic at home, going 7-1 for bettors backing them at Soldier Field.
The NFC Champion Rams, despite going 13-3 during the regular season, were not a great bet, going just 7-7-2 ATS.
The second most profitable teams for bettors backing them? The 13-3 Saints who rewarded bettors with a 10-6 record…and believe it or not, yes, the Cleveland Browns, who despite finishing 7-8-1, also went 10-6 against the spread.