Rose unlikely to sit on Bulls bench vs. Knicks

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Rose unlikely to sit on Bulls bench vs. Knicks

NEW YORK As Derrick Rose continues to recover from his torn ACL, every step he takes continues to be breathlessly monitored, regardless of how meaningful it is.

Asked whether the injured point guard, who accompanied the Bulls on their trip to New York, would begin to sit on the bench during games, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau responded, Well, he could.

Hes still locked into doing some rehab stuff, the coach continued, in a less than definitive fashion. Whether he sits on the bench or not, hes here with us. Hes doing practice, hes in the locker room. If he can get more done in the locker room as the games going on obviously watching the game but he also has the opportunity to do some extra stuff back there. Again, the main focus for him is the rehab and weve prioritized that.

This has been the normal plan right from the start. His whole focus is on his rehab and when hes ready to play or when he starts fully practicing, hell probably be more on the bench. But as long as he can get that extra work in, Id rather have him doing that.

Thibodeau seemed to indicate that Rose wouldnt be courtside in the near future, or at least not for Fridays game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden where a waitress serving New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently tripped San Antonios Stephen Jackson, leading to an ankle injury but its not because the Chicago native isnt mobile enough to avoid getting out of the way.

That part, hes fine. I just think its better right now for him to continue doing the things that hes been doing. Thats the most benefit to him, Thibodeau explained. In the past month, its been shifted more to, not only the rehab, but getting acclimated to the basketball stuff again. But thats also a big part of his rehab. So, hes doing both, hes doing well and at some point, hell rejoin us.

Thibodeau is more concerned with his team keeping its composure against the Knicks after the last meeting in New York, a technical foul-plagued affair including one on the Bulls coach turned a blowout win into a chaotic, close-knit contest toward the end.

Well, its an emotional game. I thought we played very well in that game, he explained. In the end, we didnt finish with the poise that we would have liked. But hopefully, we would have learned from that. You have to poise under pressure, but you have to play with the right amount of intensity and concentration to get the job done.

New York will have Carmelo Anthony, who was ejected in the December game, back in the lineup after the superstar served a one-game suspension during the Knicks Thursday-night loss in Indiana for confronting Bostons Kevin Garnett after a loss to the Celtics. Whether or not one believes the details of the on-court and postgame encounters between the two perennial All-Stars, the Bulls will have to contend with one of the NBAs top scorers Friday, not to mention a talented supporting cast.

Youre talking about one of the elite players in the league, so whether hes coming off suspension or a normal regular-season game, which is what it is, hes a great player, so a great player commands a lot of attention. We have to be ready for him, but you cant get so locked into just him that youre giving the others easy opportunities, Thibodeau explained. J.R. Smith, the way he can shoot the three. Jason Kidd, the way he plays, youve got to cover the roll to the rim, youve got to cover the three-point line. A kid like Chris Copeland, youve got to know what he does. Marcus Camby may or may not play. Pablo Prigioni is a very clever point guard. Ronnie Brewer, we know Ronnie because we had him and hes one of those guys youll never measure statistically, just does a lot of good things on the floor to help the team win.

Bulls: Rajon Rondo calls incident with assistant coach 'part of the game'

Bulls: Rajon Rondo calls incident with assistant coach 'part of the game'

AUBURN HILLS, MICH—Rajon Rondo almost made it to the quarter mark of the season without incident, but his frustrations got the better of him in Dallas last weekend in a situation with Bulls assistant coach Jim Boylen.

He returned from his one-game suspension in a light mood, but didn’t take things lightly when addressing questions from the media after the Bulls’ 102-91 loss to Detroit.

Rondo admitted that he feels so strongly about things that he doesn’t let them go as easily as he should, which could have been the case with Boylen. Rondo threw a towel after an exchange with Boylen during the Bulls’ blowout loss to the Mavericks.

“That’s a good way to put it. Me as a player, a point guard, I have to handle a situation better,” Rondo said. “But when I feel a certain way, I’m gonna speak on it. My whole thing is always for the betterment of the team.

“If it comes off wrong or a certain way I’ll try to work on that. But for the most part I’m not a selfish individual, I try to do what’s best for the team, try to watch film with my teammates. That’s just part of the game, who I am.”

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When asked if he actually threw a towel at Boylen, Rondo quipped, “You gotta look at the film,” and tried to downplay the situation as best he could, noting the timing of the event in question.

He apologized to the coaching staff and his teammates and believes there won’t be lasting effects, although the Bulls are in the midst of a three-game losing streak.

“Hopefully it’ll be the last three-game losing streak,” Rondo said. “It’s about how you handle adversity. We usually handle it well as far as bouncing back.”

Calling the incident “part of the game,” Rondo didn’t want to address specifics but given his history of instances such as these in Boston, Dallas and Sacramento, this one makes it a little harder to shake the reputation of being difficult to deal with.

“I have a good relationship with my team and I take pride in being a great teammate,” Rondo said. “I think we’re still on the same page. When you lose, things get blown out of proportion. When you win, it covers everything up. So we have to get back to winning basketball.”

His teammates have been supportive both behind the scenes and publicly, and were happy to have him back despite not being able to quell the losing streak.

“It was good. That's our starting point guard. We need veteran guys on this team,” Bulls guard Dwyane Wade said. “We need our bodies. He's our leader today so when we got down early he was the one who kept talking to us defensively. He's so smart out there on the floor, takes certain things away, get out in open transition. The reason we got back in the game, he did a good job of leading us in those moments.”

Bulls Talk Podcast: Bulls Slide Continues After Loss In Detroit

Bulls Talk Podcast: Bulls Slide Continues After Loss In Detroit

In the latest BullsTalk podcast, Mark Schanowski, Will Perdue and Kendall Gill break down the Bulls latest losing streak. What is the biggest problem with the Bulls facing the Bulls going forward? Why was the rotation completely different in Monday and Tuesday’s games?

Then listen to Fred Hoiberg’s media session after the 101-92 loss in Detroit.

With the Spurs coming up on Thursday, the guys discuss how San Antonio continues to be an elite team despite the retirement of Tim Duncan. Will Perdue shares his memories of being traded for Dennis Rodman, of playing 4 seasons for Gregg Popovich in San Antonio, and the relationship he has with the legendary coach. Plus Kendall shares a story of Pat Riley’s motivational locker room tactics.

Catch the latest edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast right here!