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.

Derrick Rose pens farewell to Chicago: 'It’s time for a new chapter'

Derrick Rose pens farewell to Chicago: 'It’s time for a new chapter'

Derrick Rose was officially introduced as a member of the New York Knicks on Friday afternoon.

After thanking the Bulls organization for trading him, Rose penned his farewell to the city of Chicago via TheCycle.com.

While looking forward to playing alongside Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis with the Knicks, Rose reflected on his time with the Bulls.

Chicago made me who I am. It’s tatted on my wrist. I was raised in my grandmother’s house on South Paulina Street in Englewood. Being drafted by the Bulls, becoming an All-Star and an MVP on the Bulls, helping the them make the playoffs — all of that was a dream come true. I’ll never forget it. I’ve carried Chicago with me everywhere I’ve gone, from around the country to all over the world. I always will.

I understand that this is a business and the Bulls have their plans, their own ideas with what direction they want to go with the team, but I’m gonna use this as motivation. I was with them for eight years and they let me go. There’s no hard feelings, no grudges. They’re trying to do what’s best for the team. I totally understand that. But I don’t think I would be wrong for using this as motivation.

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NBA Free Agency: Where will Joakim Noah end up playing in 2016?

NBA Free Agency: Where will Joakim Noah end up playing in 2016?

Despite appearing in just 29 games and registering the worst statistical season of his eight-year NBA career in 2015-16, Bulls center Joakim Noah will be in high free agent demand this summer.

According to Mitch Lawrence of the Sporting News, the Washington Wizards are prepared to offer Noah a maximum contract, which would start at $28 million and reach an estimated $120 million across four seasons.

Noah, who is expected to move on from the Bulls, is also being pursued by the New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks.

The Knicks interest in the two-time All-Star and 2014 Defensive Player of the Year is a no-brainer with Derrick Rose now in New York and Noah having spent his teenage years in the Big Apple, starring for Brooklyn's Poly Prep. 

Noah, the ninth overall pick of the Bulls in 2007, is coming off shoulder surgery that cut his season short last January.

The 31-year-old Noah has averaged 9.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 572 games across eight seasons with the Bulls.

NBA Free Agency: Brandon Jennings could be a fit with the Bulls and Fred Hoiberg

NBA Free Agency: Brandon Jennings could be a fit with the Bulls and Fred Hoiberg

With the 2016 NBA Draft in the rearview mirror, the Bulls front office will now focus on shoring up the rest of the roster when the league's July 1 free agency moratorium begins.

The Bulls could have around $25 million to spend, but will not reportedly be in the market for maximum contract free agents'  Kevin Durant, Al Horford and DeMar DeRozan.

CSN's Draft Central crew discussed a few names that could be a good fit for the Bulls, including Orlando Magic point guard Brandon Jennings.

See why Kendall Gill thinks Jennings could thrive in Chicago in the video above.