By Mark Maxwell
Derrick Rose has been plagued with neck pain in recent days, a malady that he treated with neck tape during the Bulls' home opener against the New York Knicks on Halloween. Rose confirmed that he will continue to wear the supporting tape in Saturday night's road game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
When asked how long he would wear the tape, Rose quipped, "As long as the league allows me to. If I have a breakthrough game I might wear it the whole year."
Although his stat line from his first game in the tape (7-for-23, 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists) wasn't necessarily impressive, his rafter-grazing, game-winning shot over 7-foot Tyson Chandler and outstretched Raymond Felton certainly did garner enough supporting evidence to justify a little superstition.
Rose, who has experienced similar neck pain already in his NBA career, said the trick is to stabilize the neck while still allowing for essential movements.
"Keeping my neck stable," he said. "When you have a crick in your neck it's kind of hard to turn side to side so it's kind of keeping my neck in line and making sure my vertebraes are safe."