Rose: "Mom, we finally made it"

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Rose: "Mom, we finally made it"

The basketball community is familiar with NBA MVP Derrick Rose's overwhelmingly humble nature and he was nothing but grateful when it came to signing a five-year maximum contract with the Chicago Bulls.

"I'm tremendously blessed," Rose said in a press conference Wednesday morning. "I don't take anything for granted and I appreciate everyone and I think I can finally say this now, Mom, we finally made it."

Rose's contract is worth 94 million but the 23-year-old All-Star insists that money won't change him.

"Money I don't think is going to change me, if anything it would have changed me by now I think," he said. "Right now with the salary I'm getting I'm able to get whatever I want, I don't spend that much, I'm humble, I'm going to take care of others and it has a lot to do with my mom."

Rose also added that he's not even sure how much he makes. "I just know I get paid, I watch my accounts, they're growing and I'm happy," he said.

His humble nature hasn't gone unnoticed with coach Tom Thibodeau.

Thibodeau said at the press conference, "He embodies all the characteristics that you look for in a championship player. When you look at his will to win, his basketball IQ, unselfishness, his humility, I think those are the things you can build a championship caliber team around."

Rose is still in shock at his success and the opportunities he's gotten.

"I really can't explain it," he said. "I never thought in a million years that I would sign a contract like this and sometimes it makes me think like 'Why Me?'"

"I think the sky's the limit," Bulls general manager Gar Forman added. "Wherever his ceiling is, Derrick Rose will reach it."

Five Things to Watch: Bulls visit Bucks in final regular season meeting on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Bulls visit Bucks in final regular season meeting on CSN

Watch as the Bulls take on the Toronto Raptors tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Bulls Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Can the Bulls get one on the Bucks? The Bulls are 0-3 against the Bucks so far this season and it hasn't been pretty. The Bucks have won the previous three meetings all by double digits and by an average of 19 points. The youth and athleticism of the Bucks has been a tough matchup for the Bulls so far.

2. Containing Giannis. There may be no stopping Giannis Antetokounmpo, but the Bulls can at least try to contain him. Antetokounmpo is averaging 23 points and nearly nine rebounds per game. In three games against the Bulls this year he has averaged 29 points, 10 rebounds and 7.3 assists per contest. If the Bulls are to stay in the game, they will need to keep him to numbers lower than that.

3. Playoff implications. The Bulls playoff hopes are still alive with nine games remaining, but things are looking a bit bleak. The Bulls are a game and a half out of the eighth playoff spot, but only 3.5 games behind two teams tied for the No. 5 seed, the Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks. The Bucks have won three in a row to improve their position.

4. Mirotic on a roll. Streaky play is nothing new to Nikola Mirotic, but he's on a good run currently. After scoring a season-high 28 points on Wednesday against the Pistons, Mirotic followed that up with 15 points against the 76ers. Since missing three straight games earlier this month, Mirotic has scored in double figures in five of the last seven games and is averaging 15.6 points during that stretch.

5. Beginning of a tough stretch. The Bulls' playoff hopes could be made or broken in the next three games. After taking on the Bucks, which occupy a playoff spot, the Bulls host two more Eastern Conference playoff teams in Cleveland and Atlanta. The Bulls need to string some wins together and this is not an easy stretch to do so against.

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Former Bulls center Joakim Noah suspended 20 games for violating NBA's anti-drug policy

Former Bulls center Joakim Noah suspended 20 games for violating NBA's anti-drug policy

The NBA announced Saturday that it has suspended former Bulls and current Knicks center Joakim Noah for 20 games without pay for violating the league's anti-drug policy.

He tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement called selective androgen receptor modulator LGD-4033, which is prohibited under the current collective bargaining agreement but would not have been under the new CBA starting next year, according to ESPN's Marc Spears.

It was announced in February that Noah would miss the remainder of the season with a left knee injury. His suspension will carry over into the 2017-18 campaign with only 10 games left this year.

Noah averaged 5.0 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per game in 46 games in his first of a four-year, $72 million contract with the Knicks.