LeBron, Wade could see D-Rose next time
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org
MIAMI — Heat stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have a ton of respect for Derrick Rose, but it’s almost out of sight, out of mind.
Both had indicated at different times in the offseason that they wanted to reach out to Rose after his injury. But they never got around to it.
“No,’’ Wade said before the game Friday against the Bulls. “If I was able to see him [maybe], but I don’t think he’s going to be on the court the same time I’m on the court. I’ve got a game to play.
“Anytime you hear news about a fellow player, no matter if he’s on your team or not, you don’t want to hear about anyone getting injured, especially a season-ending injury, especially a player and a person like D-Rose.
“So all you can do is pray for him and his family, hope he recovers and can be the player that we’ve gotten accustomed to, that the league has gotten accustomed to seeing and needing.’’
James had a similar response.
“I thought it was awful when he went down,’’ James said. “Such a great player, great for our league, and you never want to see anyone go down because of injury.’’
James and Wade might not have to wait long to see Rose back on the court. The teams play three more times this season, with the next meeting Feb. 21 in Chicago. Right about the time Rose might be coming back.
Got it Cook-ing
Shooting guard Daequan Cook , 25, has agreed to join the Bulls, his agent, Mike Conley Sr., said Friday.
He was released by the Rockets and cleared waivers.
“When it happens, I’ll have thoughts,’’ coach Tom Thibodeau said of the signing.
The 6-5, 210-pound Cook was the 21st pick in the 2007 draft and played for the Heat, Thunder and Rockets. He’ll provide some outside shooting at very little cost.
Around the rim
Vladimir Radmanovic was back in uniform and on the bench after he and Joakim Noah were sidelined for several days with flulike symptoms.
† Rose spent time with the team in the locker room but didn’t join the players on the bench.
† Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was very complimentary of Noah, saying, “He makes players around him better. Now the ball is finding him more often without Rose, and he’s making plays. You can’t be surprised by that.’’