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Video: Derrick Rose sends message to fans

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Injured Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose prepares to bring out the game ball before Game 2 in an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers, in Chicago on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. The 76ers won 109-92 to even the series at a game apiece. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Steve Lundy) MANDATORY CREDIT TV OUT MAGS OUT

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It’s one of the advantage professional athletes have today that they didn’t even a decade ago — with twitter or online video players can speak directly to fans without the filter (and occasional snark) of the media.

That’s what Derrick Rose has done — he has a video message for his fans thanking them for the support and basically saying “don’t worry, I’ll be back better than ever.” Which is exactly what you’d expect him to say, but he can make it feel more direct.

Rose is reportedly is pushing to be back as fast as he can, although usually the earliest return would be closer to Christmas. And maybe more like just before the playoffs. The Bulls have to not rush him — better to sacrifice the entire season than further damage the franchise player.

Hat tip to Ball Don’t Lie for the video.