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Hobbling Derrick Rose to see back specialists Monday

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

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Updated: March 14, 2012 8:13AM

BOSTON — Derrick Rose isn’t moving like the quickest and perhaps most dynamic player in the NBA. He was hobbling around the locker room like an old man before the game Sunday against the Celtics. Rose, 23, said he felt as old as he looked.

“Never,” Rose said when asked if he had ever felt so much discomfort for so long. “That’s what’s really killing me right now, missing this many games. It’s killing me not to be out there, but as long as we’re winning games, I’m happy.”

Rose didn’t play against the Celtics because of a back injury that he said makes it difficult for him to walk when it’s at its worst. It was the seventh game he had to sit out because of injuries and the second straight. He said his back bothered him during the entire nine-game road trip.

He also said he had a similar injury when he was a senior at Simeon.

“The first time I remember it happening was in high school,” Rose said. “I didn’t have it in college. My first couple of years [in the NBA] I didn’t have it. All of a sudden, it has happened now. Hopefully, we’ll meet with some people and try to figure something out.”

Rose said he’ll meet with specialists Monday in Chicago.

“You’re always concerned,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “It’s something he has had before. He had it when he was in high school. We’re hopeful it will get cleared up quickly, but we’re not sure.”

Rose has been selected to start in the All-Star Game on Feb. 26. He and Thibodeau said it’s too early to start pondering whether it might be wise for him to rest and prepare himself for the second half rather than play in Orlando.

“I haven’t thought about it,” Rose said. “It could be tomorrow, and I wake up, and it feels good. I remember in high school I didn’t get any treatment or anything. I just knew I took a couple of days off, and I was able to play Downstate, and I didn’t feel it. Hopefully, it’s the same thing.”

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