Bulls guard Derrick Rose drives to the basket on New York guard Jeremy Lin in the first quarter as the Chicago Bulls take on the New York Knicks Monday March 12, 2012 at the United Center. | TOM CRUZE~Sun-Times photo
Updated: March 19, 2012 12:13PM
Expect Derrick Rose to miss tonight’s game and the Magic in Orlando at the very least. The Bulls star said he’s not sure when he’ll be able to return from a groin injury.
“They haven’t given me a time,” Rose said. “With an injury like this, you don’t know how long it’s going to take. I thought I would be back sooner. I’ve missed some big games that I hate to miss, like the one tonight. I’ve got to worry about my health.”
Rose said he strained his groin late in the first quarter of a win over the Knicks on March 12. Jeremy Lin blocked his fast-break layup attempt from behind on the play. Rose said he remained in the game after feeling the initial pull and may have made the injury worse.
“In the New York [game], when I went to the hole, I took off kind of wrong and Jeremy [Lin] beat my shot. I thought I was going to take off but I couldn’t get up that high. I just felt the pull. I thought it was like a charley horse or something. When I went down, I tried to stretch out but there was pain there. Usually, when you have a charley horse it’s just tight. There was pain but I wanted to play through it. I played through it but I think it made it worse.”
Rose said he hasn’t been able to run or shoot since the injury.
“You don’t want this to linger,” he said. “I can’t move right now. Every day it’s definitely getting better but I haven’t been able to run in a couple days.”
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau still considers Rose “day-to-day,” although week to week may be a more accurate description of his status.
“It could be a few days,” Thibodeau said. “It could be ... who knows? We just want him to make progress. When he’s healthy he’s healthy. We’re not going to rush him back. We want him to be completely healthy. We think that’s important.”
Rose hasn’t spoken to the media since critical comments about the officiating against the Knicks resulted in him being fined $25,000 by the league. Rose has been frustrated at times this season because he doesn’t believe he’s getting the calls he should when he attacks the rim.
When asked if he regretted his comments, Rose said, “I thought they were facts.” Then, he added: “Losing 25 K definitely hurts. I don’t care who you are, it hurts. I was just frustrated at the time. I couldn’t hold myself back from saying what I said.”
Rose said he’s going to continue to attack and is hopeful that he’ll get more calls in the future. He said because he has been so quiet for the first three-plus years of his career people are surprised when he does speak his mind.
“They still look at me like a little kid or, I don’t know how you say it, like a demigod or something. I can’t say anything.”