One All-Star guard from Chicago will play in Wednesday night’s Bulls-Heat showdown at the United Center.
Miami’s Dwyane Wade, after missing the Heat’s last two games with a bruised right knee, will suit up against his hometown team.
“I think I’m going to give it a go. I had two situations I was dealing with. One of them is gone and the other one, I have to deal with,” he said after the Heat’s morning shootaround at the United Center. “I’ll get back out there and play, and see how I feel.
“Just the bruise in my knee, the soreness going away,” continued Wade, who wouldn’t specify his other ailment. “I’ll give it a go and get back into the groove a little bit. Probably ask for a sub in the first minute.”
Teammate LeBron James chimed in: “We always want to be full and whole, but the most important thing is health, so if he’s feeling like he’s active, feeling like he’s ready to play, then we’d love to have him on the floor.”
As for Derrick Rose -- the injured guard spoke to reporters at the Bulls’ morning shootaround Wednesday at the Berto Center -- his rivals expressed their empathy for his situation.
“All I can comment on is from the outside looking in. I don’t know, I’m not around him every day, but I’ve been quoted before and it’s the same thing I feel, that when Derrick Rose is ready and he feels confident that he’s ready to come back and play, then that’s when he makes his choice and he should be the only one to decide that," James said. "No one else is playing for him, no one else has to put on a uniform and go out here and play at a high level. He’s the guy that has to do that and when he’s confident and he’s ready, he should come back. But before then, he shouldn’t worry about it.
“I love competing against the best. He’s one of the best, so I think as the NBA as a whole, as a competitor, you miss him on the floor, even on off days, not being able to watch him on the floor for the Bulls. It sucks, but health is No. 1 in our league and we’ll see him back soon.”
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All-Star Chris Bosh added: “It’s an ACL tear. He tore his ACL not that long ago. I remember there was a point in time where people tore their ACL, they were out for a year, at least, so I think advances in medicine, guys can come back sooner, but the fact still remains that’s a tough injury and it’s not easy to come back playing a whole game of basketball. It’s very difficult.”
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