Teammates encouraged by Rose's progress

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Teammates encouraged by Rose's progress

DEERFIELD, ILL.When it comes to Derrick Roses ongoing recovery, even his teammates cant contain their excitement.
Everything! exclaimed Jimmy Butler, when asked about pleasant surprises observed during Roses rehabilitation from ACL surgery. I think its all a blessing and its just great to see him out there, jumping and shooting jump shots, and moving the way that he does. Who knows if he comes back and has a start like Adrian Peterson did? Thats crazy.
Yes, if youre curious, Rose has displayed glimpses of his trademark explosiveness. Butler confirmed that the former league MVP is indeed dunking the basketball on occasion these days, something reported by CSNChicago.com last month.
I see a few flushes here and there. Nothing over the top, Butler said after the Bulls shootaround Wednesday morning at the Berto Center. I think he still has it in him, thats for sure.
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But as enthusiastic as the Bulls might be about Roses eventual return, they know better than to treat him like just another one of the guys on the practice floor. Although the All-Star point guard is now engaging in predictable contact during practice, his teammates are cautious with him.
We definitely dont want to get him hurt again, so if hes going to the cup, let him go. Open J, contest it, but dont let him come down any wrong way. Playing smart basketball, but at the same time, we knowand that goes for anybodydont undercut anybody, Butler explained. Things that basketball players do with their teammates. As far as he goes, hes continuing to go hard, thats for sure.
Roses mere presence has had a positive effect on the squad, as his increased participation in practice, as well as traveling with the team on the road are encouraging signs.
Its great to know that hes there spiritually with us and just seeing him smile, and his cheer, his joyfulness to be around the team, thats big, Butler said. That gets all of us motivated, even when hes not out there with us. Just him being there and talking to us, what to do and what not to do, and coaching us up from the sidelines.
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Butler acknowledged that with Roses competitive nature, the Chicago native sometimes struggles to limit himself and is yearning to ramp up the process.
You can tell, but hes a great leader, so he doesnt really let it show too often. But you know that he wants to be out there with us and you know that he wants to be out there competing, and helping us get these wins, said the second-year swingman. You ask him about it, and hes like, Man, Im so ready, but who knows?
I know that I dont.

Michael Jordan voices concern, donates $2 million to police, African-American groups

Michael Jordan voices concern, donates $2 million to police, African-American groups

Michael Jordan has decided to speak out on the country's growing racial and social unrest.

The NBA legend released a statement Monday voicing his concern about the shootings of African-Americans and the targeting of police officers. In the statement, Jordan announced his donation of $1 million each to two organizations involved in efforts to bring police officers and African-Americans together.

"As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers. I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well."

“I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late. I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers – who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported.”

As someone who has been known for — and criticized for — keeping a low profile when it comes to social and political advocacy, this is a big public milestone for Jordan.

You can read Jordan's full statement to The Undefeated here.

Doug McDermott reveals jersey number after giving Dwyane Wade No. 3

Doug McDermott reveals jersey number after giving Dwyane Wade No. 3

Doug McDermott is going to have to change his Twitter handle.

McDermott, via his @dougmcd3 Twitter account, announced on Friday that he's switching from Jersey No. 3 to No. 11 for the Bulls next season.

McDermott, who had worn the No. 3 jersey since his days at Creighton and over the past two seasons in the NBA, unselfishly gave up his number to new Bulls guard and future Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade, who has worn the No. 3 every game throughout his 13-year career.

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As for what Wade had to give up in return? McDermott hasn't revealed his prize.

"It's in the works," McDermott said via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

McDermott becomes the first player to wear the No. 11 jersey on the Bulls since Ronnie Brewer in 2014. 

Other notables to wear No. 11 for Chicago include B.J. Armstrong, Sam Vincent, Lindsey Hunter, Clem Haskins and A.J. Guyton.

Derrick Rose believes he's helped form a 'super team' with Knicks

Derrick Rose believes he's helped form a 'super team' with Knicks

I think somebody needs to explain to Derrick Rose what a "super team" is.

In a recent interview with NBA.com, Rose talked about the expectations with his new team — the New York Knicks — and how "they" are saying the Knicks are a super team.

Here's the full quote responding to the question about expectations:

They’re high. I mean, with these teams right now, they’re saying us and Golden State are the super teams, and they’re trying not to build that many super teams, and Adam Silver came out with the statement and this and that. And the expectations I think of us, we just want to win. Talking to Melo and all the guys who’ve been around. You’ve got Brandon who just signed for one year, he’s got to show why he’s there. I’ve got to show why I’m there. Joakim has to show why he’s there. Everybody’s trying to prove themselves. When you’ve got a group like that, it’s like, alright, I know everybody wants to do that, but we’re going to break this down as simple as possible, and try to win every game. I think winning takes care of every category, as far as being an athlete. You look at endorsements, being on the floor, almost everything — I think winning takes care of all that. And if you’re in the league, winning takes care of all the mistakes, or if you have any problems on teams.

So Rose thinks the Knicks — a team that finished 13th in the East and 12 games out of the final playoff spot last season — are a super team now? 

And who is "they"? It's hard to imagine even the most optimistic Knicks fan sitting on a barstool declaring this squad a "super team."

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From that team that went 32-50 last season, the Knicks added Rose, Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee, Brandon Jennings and Justin Holliday.

Sure, that looks like it could be a very solid roster with Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis also in the fold and if Rose and Noah show flashes of their former selves, the Knicks may be a force to be reckoned with.

But given the Knicks didn't actually sign Dwyane Wade, not sure how anybody could call that a "super team."

Guess it wouldn't be a basketball offseason without D-Rose putting his foot in his mouth, eh?