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Injured Bulls guard Derrick Rose works out before Chicago Bulls-Miami Hegame Thursday February 21 2013 United Center . | Tom

Injured Bulls guard Derrick Rose works out before the Chicago Bulls-Miami Heat game Thursday February 21, 2013 at the United Center . | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

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Updated: February 22, 2013 10:47AM

With a brief statement released through the team, Derrick Rose tried to distance himself from comments made by his older brother/manager, Reggie, to ESPN Chicago on Thursday.

“I have always felt that the Bulls organization’s goals have been the same as mine, and that is to bring another championship to this city,’’ Derrick Rose said 30 minutes before the game against the Miami Heat.

Reggie Rose had said that the Bulls’ lack of activity could be a big factor in whether Rose returns from knee surgery this season.

Bulls vice president John Paxson, along with general manager Gar Forman, grabbed Rose in the hallway of the United Center right after his shootaround and brought him into a room for a talk that lasted nearly 10 minutes.

When Rose came out, he had no comment and promised that a statement was forthcoming.

Despite the statement, there was still a cleanup job in progress because of Reggie Rose’s comments.

“What have you pieced together?’’ Reggie Rose said. ‘‘Have you made any moves? Have you made any trades to get better? You know all roads to the championship lead through Miami. What pieces have you put together for the physical playoffs?

“Joakim Noah is a great player. Luol Deng is a great player. But you need more than that. You have to put together pieces to your main piece. The players can only do so much. It’s up to the organization to make them better. . . . It’s frustrating to see my brother play his heart and soul out for the team and them not put anything around him.”

He also said the organization had kept alive false hopes that Rose would even be returning to sell tickets.

“Everyone is expecting Derrick to come back,” he said. “If Derrick comes back, they’re going to sell more tickets. Is the reason for Derrick to come back to win a championship or make money? Right now, I don’t believe a championship. Everything in the NBA is financial.”

Paxson countered with, “We’ve had great communication with Derrick, and we’ve never heard anything like that from Derrick. And that’s all that matters.’’

“Obviously, Reggie and Derrick are very close, and we share the same concerns about Derrick’s health,’’ coach Tom Thibodeau said. “So that’s not anything new, and Reggie is entitled to his own opinion.

“It’s not a big deal. Hey, we all want the same things. We want Derrick’s health, and we’re trying to pursue a championship, so we share that in common. That’s his opinion. He speaks for himself.’’

Rose participated in a second five-on-five scrimmage Wednesday and had no setbacks.

The Bulls have deemed that as the last obstacle in the process.

“He’s made the next step; he’s got to do this for a while,’’ Thibodeau said. “There is no timetable. He’s making good progress; he’s right where he should be. When he’s ready to go, he’ll go.’’

Rose said last week that the last hurdle was dunking off stride with his old explosion. Well, that explosion looked close to being back as he dunked the ball with ease near the end of his pregame workout.

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