While talk of Derrick Rose and what he means to the Bulls is bandied about in the media, Rose's teammates know and had that reinforced on Monday.
The reigning NBA MVP visited his teammates at the Berto Center two days after suffering a playoffs-ending left ACL injury in Game 1 on Saturday afternoon. He was said to be in "pretty good spirits" by Kyle Korver.
Coach Tom Thibodeau didn't know if Rose would be with the team for Game 2 on Tuesday night, but he didn't rule it out either.
"We want him around ... I don't think he'll be able to travel with us, but he'll be around," Thibodeau said. "And he wants to be around. He's excited to get around his teammates."
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College hoops returns to CSN on Tuesday with some local action as UIC hosts Green Bay. You can watch this Horizon League matchup live on CSN+ at 7 p.m.
The Flames (14-14, 7-8) are coming off of a loss to Oakland as they try to make one more push up the conference standings. Junior big man Tai Odiase leads UIC at 11.3 points per game as the former Homewood-Flossmoor product is also a solid rim protector.
Green Bay (16-11, 10-5) is still fighting for one of the conference's top spots as they're coming off of a win over Milwaukee. The Phoenix already own a four-point win over UIC this season at home in a close game.
Senior guard Charles Cooper is averaging 13.0 points per game as he's been one of the better guards in the conference this season.
Jordan Bernfield, Seth Gruen (Bleacher Report) and Jason Goch (SB Nation Radio) join Kap on the panel. The Pelicans fleece the Kings for DeMarcus Cousins. Should the Bulls have made an offer? Plus Jimmy Butler expects to remain with the Bulls but will he?
Chuck Garfien spoke exclusively with Kenny Williams to discuss the White Sox rebuild and his relationship with Chris Sale. Chuck joins the panel to discuss.
Plus the guys discuss if the Blackhawks are finally hitting their stride and preview Northwestern’s matchup in Illinois.
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