INDIANAPOLIS — The end of an era, albeit short-lived, is over: Derrick Rose won't be wearing the medical tape he's sported in the back of his neck for the Bulls' past two regular-season games in Wednesday night's contest against the Pacers.
"I think the NBA told me I got to stop," the point guard said before the Bulls' morning shootaround at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. "So I probably won't be able to wear it tonight."
When asked why the league, known for strict protocol on non-uniform accessories, decreed that he couldn't wear the black Kinesio-Tape strips, which resembled a chin strap, Rose answered with a smirk, "I don't know. I don't even want to get into that. I don't know. I swear I don't know."
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Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau added: "They're pretty strict on what they allow and what they don't allow, so that's just the way it is."
But Rose insists he's recovering from the neck soreness that's ailed him since after the Bulls' regular-season opener loss in Miami.
"I've been fine. Other than my neck, I've been good. My overall health is alright. I just have to get my neck loose," he said. "It's been getting a lot better. In the morning, it's kind of tough because you're sleeping in the pillows. But once I get out there, hopefully it gets a little loose."
According to a league spokesman, Kinesio-Tape is not permitted to be used by players in NBA games.