LOS ANGELES -- Injured Bulls point guard Derrick Rose provided an in-depth injury update for himself, but the bottom line in the present is that the former league MVP won’t play in Wednesday’s game at Sacramento.
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Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau ruled Rose out of the contest and the prognosis, at least in the near future, for fellow walking wounded Taj Gibson and Kirk Hinrich aren’t much better.
“Still day-to-day, a little bit better. They did more yesterday, so we’ll see where they are,” Thibodeau said before the team’s Tuesday-afternoon practice on the campus of UCLA, ahead of the team’s departure for Sacramento later in the day. “They did some shooting yesterday, so that’s a good sign. Taj did a little bit of running. We’ll see how they feel.”
Besides injured starter Rip Hamilton, who remains in Chicago due to a back ailment, the Bulls will be down another player when they take on the Kings, as veteran forward Lou Amundson opted to sign with New Orleans for the remainder of the season when his 10-day contract with the Bulls expired, rather than signing another 10-day deal to stay with the team.
Sacramento is currently in a battle to keep the Kings -- a Seattle-based group has made a bid to purchase the team, despite the efforts of Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA point guard --leading Thibodeau to reflect on his visits to the California state capital over the years, as this could be the Bulls’ final trip to the city.
“It’s a great basketball city and I hope it’s not [the Bulls’ last time in Sacramento] because the support that they’ve given their team over the years, when they were great, it was unbelievable and even when they had down years, they really support their teams, so I’m hopeful there’s always a team there,” he said. “I’ve always enjoyed going there.”